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E3 approach

Here's how E3 configured the editor engagement instances kubo and piramido. Suggestions and feedback welcome. -- spage (talk) 05:29, 13 October 2012 (UTC)

puppet checks out git master to /srv/mediawiki.

But thereafter it leaves it alone, so 2012's fiddling to move /srv/mediawiki elsewhere isn't necessary. Just follow Help:Git#Shared repositories on labs to make the git repo writable.

To track the current wikimedia branch:

  • get the MediaWiki version, then
  • Now check out a tracking branch for that particular MediaWiki branch, e.g. 1.22wmf16
    • git branch --track wmf/1.22wmf16 origin/wmf/1.22wmf16
    • git checkout wmf/1.22wmf16
  • To get all the extension versions associated with this release
    • git submodule update --init --recursive

To set up a configuration closer to production: All the relevant settings are on and in the gerrit project operations/mediawiki-config.git in wmf-config directory, but..

  • It seems challenging to use the InitialSettings.php and CommonSettings.php from production, they use Conf.php to build local globals from arrays of database instances.
  • these files do have a simpler set up for a "testwiki" configuration (the $wgDBName of your labs instance), but they then assume this applies to the web server named
  • Maybe use the beta labs wmfconfig?

Perhaps the best you can do is copy lots of settings and require_once( "$IP/extensions/ExtName/ExtName.php" );lines into orig/LocalSettings.php. Don't forget to run php maintenance/update.php

Overriding QuestyCaptcha

The puppet config for a MediaWiki labs instance requires ConfirmEdit/QuestyCaptcha.php in LocalSettings.php. If you want to switch to the FancyCaptcha word images as used on WMF wikis:

  • replace this file with a zero-length file
  • in orig/LocalSettings.php require ConfirmEdit/ConfirmEdit.php and ConfirmEdit/FancyCaptcha.php
  • One way to get the images is
    • run the script ConfirmEdit/ on another machine to create the images
    • copy them to a directory on your labs instance such as /mnt/fancycaptcha.
    • Set $wgCaptchaDirectory to this directory and $wgCaptchaSecret to the secret you used.

Other approaches


  • An alternative to running a labs instance is running MediaWiki in a VM on your own hardware. is a packaged VM that uses puppet to self-update some of its features.


How I can install extensions on it (in the clean way using puppet configuration or...)? I probably want just install VisualEditor and Parsoid but a general guide for a simple extension would be really nice and suffice. ebrahim (talk) 15:01, 16 December 2013 (UTC)

You can install extensions using Mediawiki_singlenode::Mw-extension[<extensionname>]. If you look at /modules/wikidata_singlenode/manifests there's an example of a spiffed up mediawiki install. I'm not sure about Parsoid and VE, though, they may require more work than just adding extensions. andrew (talk) 14:22, 20 December 2013 (UTC)