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May 22

Upgrading MediaWiki 1.9.x to 1.10.0

Filed under: MediaWiki, Unix

MediaWiki logo As you probably know by now, MediaWiki has received a scheduled quarterly update, v1.10.0, about two weeks ago. Release notes are available at MediaWiki's website - it's mostly bug fixes, some new features and configuration changes.

So if you haven't upgraded your 1.9.x installation to the latest and greatest yet, here is a run-down of the major steps.

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April 8

MediaWiki extensions: installing and troubleshooting

Filed under: MediaWiki, Unix

Even though your stock MediaWiki setup has included everything and a kitchen sink, there are things it won't do right out of the box - that's where MediaWiki's rather long list of extensions comes to play.

Not everything there is stable, works with current versions of wiki engine and some even pose a security risk, but still you get a lot to choose from.

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April 5

Fun with command-line: history lesson via "cal"

Filed under: Applications, Unix

Searching for the way to make Mac OS X/BSD version of cal output calendars formatted for the weeks starting on monday, I've found this piece of trivia on Debian's man page

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April 1

Setting up MediaWiki on PHP 5.2 server

Filed under: MediaWiki, Unix

I'm recovering from a severe case of 'NIH'-disease and for me it means that I've turned to tried and tested solutions for my web projects. Here are the notes on the subject of installing latest stable (v1.9.3) MediaWiki engine (the heart of Wikipedia) on my hosting company's PHP 5.2 server.

Installing MediaWiki is pretty straight-forward but not without gotchas.

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March 11

Generate CrackLib word library on Ubuntu Linux

Filed under: Unix

Last night I tried to install CrackLib on my home server running Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy Eft distro. If you don't know what CrackLib does, it is a library that may (and should) be used by security-concious applications to prevent users from choosing passwords that are too simple (and thus could be guessed or easily cracked by brute-force attack). And for those who think this is not an important issue, Bruce Schneier, well-known security expert, has posted in his blog the list of top 20 passwords including such favorites as abc123, 123abc, myspace1, and the single most-used key, password1!

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