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Hello, welcome to Wikimedia Labs! I would like to inform you that your shell request was processed and you should be able to login to Bastion host now at In case you get into troubles, please read this page which contains useful information about accessing instances. You can also ask in our irc channel at #wikimedia-labs connect or send an e-mail to our mailing list - thank you, and have fun using labs! Tim Landscheidt (talk) 20:21, 24 June 2014 (UTC)

Welcome to Tool Labs

Hello Para, welcome to the Tool Labs project! Your request for access was processed and you should be able to login now via ssh at To get started, check the help page and the migrating from the Toolserver page. You can also ask in our IRC channel at #wikimedia-labs connect or send an e-mail to our mailing list – thank you, and have fun using Tools! Tim Landscheidt (talk) 20:21, 24 June 2014 (UTC)

Request for source code

Hello Para, we are forever in debpt for your great geo tools. Since I was curious, I noted that you have set permissions in a way that I am not able to view any of the source codes in

According the the labs policy, all tools must use an OSI approved open source license. Which one is your tool licensed under? Would it be possible to provide me with a copy of the scripts your kmlexport tool makes use of? Thanks in advance.

The reason I am asking is a simple: Images from HTTP are loaded on an HTTPS connection, using for example this query. Perhaps just fix that and I am silent :) -- Rillke (talk) 18:04, 14 July 2014 (UTC)

A few issues there:
  1. Google Maps doesn't support protocol relative links in kmz files. They are interpreted as links to embedded content.
  2. Your link asks Maps to get the kml over http.
  3. The Tool Labs proxy seems to be redirecting requests to, so the tool never knows the user was on https.
Here's another link that works around these issues. I'll have to have a think about the licensing. --Para (talk) 01:14, 24 July 2014 (UTC)
Oh nice, the graphics are now loaded over HTTPS with a HTTPS tool labs link. Thank you. I know about the labs proxy issue -- I think I've solved this sniffing some headers -- and Commons is explicitly setting a secure parameter to true if the user is on HTTPS on Commons. -- Rillke (talk) 07:29, 24 July 2014 (UTC)

Google maps classic has been turned off

Hi Para,

Google Maps Classic has been turned off today. Could you adjust the KMLexporter so that when it triggers a download, the downloaded file already has the .kml file extention in its name? This way it's easier to get a map into Google My Maps. Thank you. --1Veertje (talk) 14:19, 3 March 2015 (UTC)

Done. --Para (talk) 18:25, 3 March 2015 (UTC)
Thank you. Could it be that the section variable now doesn't work any more? --1Veertje (talk) 09:29, 5 March 2015 (UTC)
A, I see the whole tool is (temporarily?) off line. --1Veertje (talk) 09:30, 5 March 2015 (UTC)
The Tool Labs web service keeps dying every now and then, until the Bigbrother service kicks in and starts it again. Never happened on the Toolserver... The section feature still works, it was just the downtime causing problems. --Para (talk) 12:09, 5 March 2015 (UTC)

Moving kmlexport to trusty?


kmlexport has been dying a lot recently, and I think moving it to trusty will help (access to more RAM, to start with). However, it doesn't seem to work with newer versions of perl / other tools on trusty, and might need some massaging. Think you can help test it out (just do 'webservice2 start instead of webservice start') and move to trusty? I'll help in whatever way I can (am one of the tools admins). Thanks! yuvipanda (talk) 07:08, 13 March 2015 (UTC)

Alright, it looks fairly happy there now. I'll keep an eye. --Para (talk) 14:54, 14 March 2015 (UTC)