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RE: Porting attachment URLs

From: Rotan Hanrahan <rotan.hanrahan@mobileaware.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2007 15:34:06 +0100
Message-ID: <D5306DC72D165F488F56A9E43F2045D301531DA3@FTO.mobileaware.com>
To: <public-wiki-dev@w3.org>

I figure that for paths whose root is that of MediaWiki, it's the
MediaWiki response that needs to be modified as it. See what happens
when you go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ThisPageDoesNotExist and you
see that MediaWiki responds to the unknown page by offering to create a
new one. I want to modify this behaviour so that it recognises a URL
pattern belonging to a moinmoin attachment and calculates a redirect.
That means digging into the MW code, and I'm not prepared to do that
right now. (Especially as the server belongs to W3C and I'm not in the
systeam.)

---Rotan



-----Original Message-----
From: public-wiki-dev-request@w3.org
[mailto:public-wiki-dev-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Alan Ruttenberg
Sent: 19 October 2007 14:38
To: Rotan Hanrahan
Cc: public-wiki-dev@w3.org
Subject: Re: Porting attachment URLs


Redirect would be best, IMO. Can you not do the redirect in the  
apache server or within a .htaccess?
-Alan

On Oct 19, 2007, at 8:47 AM, Rotan Hanrahan wrote:

> I am porting from a moinmoin tarball of the data directory to a  
> live MediaWiki installation. I am trying to preserve the URLs  
> despite the intended switch in the wiki engine. Maintaining the  
> page URLs seems easy enough (except perhaps for some using non- 
> ASCII characters in the name). However, I notice that moinmoin  
> attachments have URLs of the form:
>
> <wikipath>/PageName?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=attachment.ext
>
>
> In this case there is no obvious way for me to preserve this URL  
> when the attachment is moved to a MediaWiki server. I propose  
> therefore to map all such URLs to the following MediaWiki-friendly  
> form:
>
> <Wikipath>/PageName/Attachments/attachment.ext
>
>
> and include in the MediaWiki's 404 response page a message to  
> explain the mapping, in case anyone is looking for the URL to the  
> attachment. In theory I could automate this response so that an  
> appropriate redirect is executed, but right now I'm not keen to  
> manipulate the MediaWiki code.
>
> Does anyone have any comment on this strategy?
>
> ---Rotan.
>
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