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Queries stats

I'm trying to understand what load Tool Labs is currently sustaining, but it seems we lack meaningful statistics? Is there an equivalent for queries count? I found only the hits stats (they appear to be less some 5 % of the TS') and SGE stats (but on TS they're broken). --Nemo 09:54, 15 July 2013 (UTC)


Hi dear friend

Because of technical reasons i want to change my username but i don't know what's the process. could you pleas help me? i prefer to change my user name from current user to User:Florance. thanks in advance.--فلورانس (talk) 10:31, 27 July 2013 (UTC)

Unable to connect to enwiki_p

I was following the instructions given (User:Magnus Manske/Migrating from toolserver) [1] by I ended up with the following error: {{{ $ sql enwiki_p ERROR 2003 (HY000): Can't connect to MySQL server on 'enwiki.labsdb' (110) }}} Auduwage (talk) 04:23, 29 July 2013 (UTC)

Error in Creating directory

Hi Brother, When i try to create directory or copy any file from my pc to my tools account on labs using my winSCP, get the following error:

Permission denied.
Error code: 3
Error message from server: Permission denied
Request code: 14

--Tahir mq (talk) 13:43, 27 February 2014 (UTC)

Have you looked at Help:Access to ToolLabs instances with PuTTY and WinSCP? What is the precise name of the directory or file you are trying to create? --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 14:21, 27 February 2014 (UTC)
Yes I have read these instructions, but selected file protocol as SFTP, now i changed it to SCP. and problem solved :) thanks Tahir mq (talk) 15:09, 27 February 2014 (UTC)
Sorry, problem is not solved, I am trying to create Directory in my tools account (/data/project/tahir) not in </root>/home/tahir (here i created directory successfully), but get error. Tahir mq (talk) 15:22, 27 February 2014 (UTC)
Apparently, there is a bug in our NFS server (settings) at the moment. I have filed a report to track it; if you have a Bugzilla account, please add yourself to the CC list if you are interested.
On the command line, you can work around the bug by executing newgrp local-tahir before copying files to your tool's directory. However, I don't know how this can be done with scp or WinSCP.
Unfortunately, I don't have better news at the moment, sorry :-). --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 06:36, 28 February 2014 (UTC)

Need for a human tutor

First, thakns for your attention and comments.

Really I feel the need of some tutoring - I'm both a DIY (do it yourself) "programmer" and almost completely confused by a linux environment, I'm using happily Windows XP on my pc.

Can I address my banal questions here? Can you suggest other possible tutors/tutoring pages if my questions waste your time?

I moved to tools-dev and removed from python code my personal access keys to Internet Archive, so I can publish my code here; my only worry is, that they could kill some valuable programmers by this letal incident. --Alex brollo (talk) 08:53, 28 February 2014 (UTC)

You're not wasting my time :-). But unfortunately, I'm not knowledgeable about each and every programming language, tool, etc. I guess Nova Resource Talk:Tools or the mailing list (labs-l) might have a broader audience that might yield better results. Don't be shy about publishing your code though; it's the only way to become better at it :-). --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 00:43, 14 March 2014 (UTC)

Lost access to

Hi Tim, I used to be able to access my folder (torin8) at, but now cannot connect to my account. Can you please check it?

I'd like to connect to bast1001 or terbium, but when I log in, the server denies my access. I need the access to run some MySQL queries. Can you add me to the relevant groups of users? Thanks! Torin

As far as I can tell, your account looks fine. What error message do you get? Are you sure you use the same key that you uploaded to your preferences? Are you logging in as --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 00:46, 14 March 2014 (UTC)
Yes, I am logging in as and my SSH key is the same as in preferences. The error I was getting was permission denied. Now when I try to connect to, I always get a Network error: Connection timed out (I am using the same credentials). This happens both for Putty and WinSCP. The only server that I can successfully can connect to is But it seems that I cannot run MySQL queries from under this server. Can you please help me? Torin04:44, 18 March 2014 (UTC)
Also, when I am logging in via and try to access my folder in home/torin8, I get the following error message from WinSCP:
Permission denied.
Error code: 3
Error message from server: Permission denied
Request code: 3
In Putty, I get the following line:
Could not chdir to home directory /home/torin8: Permission denied
-bash: /home/torin8/.bash_profile: Permission denied

Torin 07:47, 20 March 2014 (UTC)

Also, when I run MySQL queries from I get this:
ERROR 1045 (28000): Access denied for user 'torin8'@'' (using password: NO)
It happens no matter if I run it as torin8@tools-login:/data/project/icelab$ or if I become my tool (Icelab).
Torin 04:11, 21 March 2014 (UTC)

set permission

Thanks for valuable guidance :) How to set permission on my tools account in labs? recently I have done it by properties (F9), but got the following error:

Command 'chmod  0500 "pywikipedia"'
failed with return code 1 and error message
chmod: changing permissions of `pywikipedia': Operation not permitted.

Tahir mq (talk) 15:25, 31 March 2014 (UTC)

Pages created

Hi, I have faced an issue at "Pages created" tool. When I try to get the outcome from this link,,&redirects=none it shows only 43 pages, but I have created 45 pages. The last one I created was Kokavil transmission tower ( It happened after my user rights changed to none to rollback and reviewer. --AntanO (talk) 12:15, 19 April 2014 (UTC)

Thanks a lot, Tim!

Thanks a lot, Tim, for your message, for welcoming my registration here!! Best from Mexico City! --Correogsk or Gustavo (Eritrocito or Heme aquí) 21:19, 23 April 2014 (UTC)

Need to update internetarchive module

Take a look here: , presently internetarchive runs both into my virtualenv and outside it, this means (perhaps...) that there's a shared internetarchive module too; I can pip my virtualenv module, but not (perhaps) the shared one. --Alex brollo (talk) 21:41, 15 May 2014 (UTC)

Regarding shell

Hello. Thank you for processing my shell access request. There's a minor problem I encountered, though.

I used to have commit access to Subversion before the migration to Git with the username mgrabovsky. Recently, I decided I wanted to become active again, and wanted to create an account here so that I could work with Gerrit. However, when using mgrabovsky as the shell account name on the account creating page, I got back "Account creation error. There was either an authentication database error or you are not allowed to update your external account."

I asked about this on #wikimedia-dev and #wikimedia-tech, but got no response. Therefore, I tried grabovsky (with which I'm not entirely happy) and it worked. My question is then: Is it possible to change the shell username or "merge" it with (or connect this account to) the previous user which I used with SVN?
Matěj Grabovský (talk) 15:22, 18 May 2014 (UTC)

Nevermind, this has been taken care of. — Matěj Grabovský (talk) 06:23, 23 May 2014 (UTC)

Shell block

Hi Tim, please block my shell access and remove my tools account. Process more difficult than I imagined, I am a beginner in tool labs and perhaps my account might be hacked. Thanks --جافيد (talk) 23:24, 4 June 2014 (UTC)

In Service group list I removed my account name "جافيد" from tool "jbbot" because my email and then my account was hacked, please put my name account to the "local-jbbot" again. Thanks --جافيد (talk) 13:32, 6 June 2014 (UTC)


Hi.I have one problem can you help me?Rigard--MohandesWiki (talk) 14:38, 12 July 2014 (UTC)


Hi Tim, thanks for the labs shell access. By the way, what is the story behind how the unicorn became the project mascot? tisane (talk) 15:13, 23 July 2014 (UTC)

Caring about wikitech

Hi Tim, Help:Access#Access_FAQ says "You should care about wikitech!" Perhaps that could be wikilinked to a new page, e.g., Project:Why you should care about wikitech, with information supporting that assertion? What are some reasons we could put there for why people should care about wikitech? Thanks, Leucosticte (talk) 15:35, 23 July 2014 (UTC)

Commit and shell name change

Hi Tim, Sumana said on 1 September 2012, "Sorry I couldn't change your shell username -- it is still 'tisane'." I've been wanting to get it changed to Leucosticte (or leucosticte, if that's the naming convention), so it would be the same as my wiki and Gerrit account names. Has any way opened up since then for it to be possible to do a name change, or would that be impossible or introduce a lot of complications? Thanks, Leucosticte (talk) 15:40, 23 July 2014 (UTC)

Thank you.

Hi Tim, thank you for processing my request. Can you please delete tools.zef service group I created? I named it wrongly, but I cant delete it since I lack the rights for performing such an action. --Wesalius (talk) 03:00, 8 August 2014 (UTC)

I can't access ptwiki_p database

Hi Tim,

Thanks for processing my request.

I can now login via ssh at In this server I can connect to the English Wikipedia database running sql enwiki_p. But when I try to connect to the Portuguese Wikipedia database, which is the one that I would like to use to fetch data, I get the following error:

rodrigoprimo@tools-login:~$ sql ptwiki_p

ERROR 1045 (28000): Access denied for user 'u10374'@'' (using password: YES)

Am I missing something?

Best regards,

Rodrigoprimo (talk) 02:02, 17 August 2014 (UTC)

Cryptic welcome

"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"

a) thank you :) b) what shell request? c) why do I want to log into the Bastion host and what is it?

I am trying to transfer my extension code from a wikimedia page to github, but following the link [[2]] took me here and a whole new set of 'places' with no mention of github or gerrit.

This was a year ago and it was instantly off-putting, so I didn't bother to take it any further. Now I am trying again and thought I'd give you some feedback on a welcome message that assumes a significant amount of pre-knowledge from a brand new user.


Hi Tim, Because you're the first one here contacted me I suggest you my first questions. Reading English is not bad, but my English writing is very poor, is a google translation for this sufficient? What is a shell user? You have a Dutch name like, do you speak Dutch?--Jos1950 (talk) 22:36, 3 September 2014 (UTC)

Change a shell username


I would like to change my shell account name. Could I do it by keeping my user account? Thanks by advance. Automatik (talk) 11:42, 11 September 2014 (UTC)

Tool to delete

Hello, trying to make my bot alive, accidentally I made a second, unnecessary Tool called ato-01. Could you be so kind as to delete it? Many thanks. Ato 01 (talk) 18:40, 9 October 2014 (UTC)

Python code

I tried:

lbertolotti@tools-login:~$ jsub python

at Tool labs, the job was accepted but it did nothing, when I ran it from my terminal it worked.

well I've managed to run it using tool labs on linux terminal, however I can't get the job to be executed everyday 19:45 UTC time. Is seems the bot needs to be approved first.Lbertolotti (talk) 16:37, 29 October 2014 (UTC)


Hi Tim, thanks for processing my tool labs access request - much appreciated! :) Reticulated Spline (tc) 12:27, 28 November 2014 (UTC)


Hi Tim, hope you're well. When you have a moment, could you please delete my labs tool, commonsarchivebot? It's a duplicate of another tool of mine, commonstools. Thanks! -FASTILY 20:33, 6 December 2014 (UTC)

Tool Labs

Could you add me to the Tools member list, please? -- Dcirovic (talk) 05:37, 26 December 2014 (UTC)

Thank you. --Dcirovic (talk) 12:48, 29 December 2014 (UTC)


Hi Tim. I want to rename my username but I don't know what's the process. :-(
Could you rename my username "Gnumarcoo" to ".avgas"? Thanks, regards. --Gnumarcoo (talk) 15:30, 13 January 2015 (UTC)

Webservice Wikilint

Hallo Tim! Könntest Du bitte webservice starten, damit wikilint wieder läuft? Danke sehr, -- Doc Taxon (talk) 20:45, 9 February 2015 (UTC)


Can you help me to have more information about my denied access to via ssh. i have an error message : Permission denied (publickey,hostbased). --Wahrani (talk) 21:30, 22 March 2015 (UTC)


For approving my tools request :) --Ori.livneh (talk) 05:56, 24 March 2015 (UTC)

If a project admin takes the time to fill out a form, he deserves to have his request duly processed :-). --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 04:12, 25 March 2015 (UTC)

Thank you Tim

Thank you very much for the shell access! Regards. Jcrespo (talk) 18:19, 11 May 2015 (UTC)

ssh into the tools-exec instances

Hi Tim. Since a couple of weeks (just over a month) I have the problem that I can not login to the tools-exec instances (e.g. 'ssh tools-exec-1215' returns me a 'Permission denied (publickey)'). That gives me some problems with bot maintenance - basically I have to kill a bot to be able to clear / update it's files, when I update files on bastion, they get overwritten by the tools-exec instance version. Can you inform me how I update the keys on the instances (or better, can the instances just have the keys 'copied' like in the past on the tools-exec instances)? Thanks! --Beetstra (talk) 03:34, 25 May 2015 (UTC)