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RE: Welcome to Tool Labs

Hi Tim, I have used Toolserver before to fetch data for academic research. It looks like the Labs were created with a slightly different purpose - for Wikipedia development. Thus you have projects-tools which people can join to work on specific tasks. If I want to write and run scripts that would get me the data such as number of edits for certain articles etc., what do I do? How can I do it within the Labs paradigm? Do I create a tool for that?


You don't have to; for one-off queries you can just "sql enwiki_p" (for example) to connect to the English Wikipedia database and run some queries. --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 15:36, 13 February 2014 (UTC)

RE: Welcome to Tool Labs

Hi Tim, thanks for processing my request. I hope to have lot of fun using labs! HenriqueCrang (talk) 16:56, 28 June 2013 (UTC)

RE: Welcome to Tool Labs

Thank you!

Someone told me on IRC that 'tools' is a little easier (though slower) to do what I want.

As I've never done this before, I thought to start testing there, and eventually move to other Labs projects (or a new one).

What do you think? - Raylton P. Sousa (talk) 12:53, 5 July 2013 (UTC)

You can install MediaWiki as a tool account, so that you have a wiki for example under But for many extensions, there are more focused projects that target special extensions or use cases. You can look at the list of all projects and search for "Extension" to get an idea. --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 17:32, 5 July 2013 (UTC)


Thank you, I'm trying to adapt to the new slang of tool-labs :). Superzerocool (talk) 17:12, 20 July 2013 (UTC)

Thanks, Tim. :)--Avocato (talk) 21:00, 23 July 2013 (UTC)


Thanks Tim for welcome and activation. As I wrote in my brief self-introduction, I'm deeply worried about the whole thing, I remember my first steps into Toolserver as a nightmare, and I'll go on very slowly with my tests; but I invited here it:s:User:Candalua too, that's really competent and skilled and drives a global bot, so I'm sure I'll get needed help without any need to waste your time. :-) --Alex brollo (talk) 09:35, 9 August 2013 (UTC)

I logged into Labs! Adventure begins :-) --Alex brollo (talk) 21:27, 10 August 2013 (UTC)

RE: Welcome to Tool Labs

Thanks. Mehrdad Shoja (talk) 06:48, 9 November 2013 (UTC)

How to run bot via ? --Kolega2357 (talk) 09:40, 10 November 2013 (UTC)

Please take a look at the links I posted on your talk page. There are pointers to our IRC channel and mailing list as well. --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 15:10, 10 November 2013 (UTC)

Thank you

Thanks for granting me access to the Tools projects. I logged in and ran my first bot script on the Tool Labs successfully. --Meno25 (talk) 03:13, 18 November 2013 (UTC)

Nova Resource:Tools/Access Request/عراقي1

Hello Tim,

Will you please see my request above ?. Thank you --العراقي (talk) 06:12, 27 November 2013 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!

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Thank you for your processing my request & for your welcoming. العراقي (talk) 16:32, 29 November 2013 (UTC)


Is User:Jenkins-17 part of one of your projects? --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 07:32, 25 December 2013 (UTC)

It is not. I have no clue what Jenkins-17 is for. Maybe a user for QA (Zeljkof / ChrisMcMahon). Antoine "hashar" Musso (talk) 14:51, 31 December 2013 (UTC)

RE: Welcome

Thanks for the welcome Cesdeva (talk) 16:12, 3 January 2014 (UTC)

User access


In trying to add maintainers to my project citation-bot, I seem to have removed myself as a maintainer. Are you able to restore me, please?


Smith609 (talk) 12:28, 4 January 2014 (UTC)

Done. I also removed the service group local-citation-bot from itself; it shouldn't be necessary and likely can only make things very confusing :-). --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 14:44, 5 January 2014 (UTC)


please,you can connect via irc. Regards Leitoxx (talk) 01:50, 12 January 2014 (UTC)

Sorry but my ignorance, but what is it? and like can help? Regards Leitoxx (talk) 10:30, 12 January 2014 (UTC)
IRC ("InterNet Relay Chat") are online chat rooms. The English Wikipedia has a tutorial on how to connect to it. You usually can find users and administrators of Wikimedia Labs in the channel "#wikimedia-labs". --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 05:05, 23 January 2014 (UTC)

Bastion access

Hi, thanks for the shell access. but I dont see my name listed at Could you please add? --Santhosh (talk) 21:23, 22 January 2014 (UTC)

There seems to have been some sort of hiccup. User:Ryan Lane added you to the Bastion project, and access should now work as advertised. Welcome again! :-) --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 05:20, 23 January 2014 (UTC)


Hi, can u help me? i dont finding any tool options here.--عرفان ارشد (talk) 15:44, 29 January 2014 (UTC)

Before creating a tool, you must become a member of the Tools project :-). I've added you now. You can find more information on your talk page. --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 17:31, 29 January 2014 (UTC)

Thank you

Thank you for processing my request, that was super fast.--Aldnonymous (talk) 09:53, 7 February 2014 (UTC)

Shell access

Wow, thanks! That was fast :) --Dungodung (talk) 16:16, 8 February 2014 (UTC)

Error in login

Hi brother, when I login to labs via putty, get the following error:

Using username "▒▒▒▒ ▒▒▒▒".

If you are having access problems, please see: Server refused our key

so what should I do? Muhammad Shuaib (talk) 18:07, 11 February 2014 (UTC)

Have you looked at the provided link? I. e., are you using the Labs shell username, do you use the key whose public key you uploaded to your wikitech preferences? --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 18:17, 11 February 2014 (UTC)
Yeah, all steps had been copleted before login. Is shell username same as my username on this wikitech?? Muhammad Shuaib (talk) 18:24, 11 February 2014 (UTC)
No; go to Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-personal; your shell username is listed there under "Instance shell account name". --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 19:08, 11 February 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, problem is shell account. Now successfully logged in. again thanks :) Muhammad Shuaib (talk) 11:32, 12 February 2014 (UTC)

Shell access

Hi brother, please grant me shell access again. I have read all instructions and rules and would follow them, thanks. Muhammad Shuaib (talk) 18:39, 21 February 2014 (UTC)

I've restored your access to shell and the Tools project again. It looks as if in the process your personal home directory on Tools was deleted, so you'll need to re-upload your files there. --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 00:33, 22 February 2014 (UTC)

Batch jobs

I'm launching, as alebot/itsource, sequencies of (heavy) individual jsub calls listed into a .sh file at dev-eqiad. But I'm running .sh file from console/from bastion, just to have some immediate console feedback of ongoing jobs who have a -sync y parameter (so I see output code 0/1/SIGKILL at the end on any job).

Is it an acceptable compromise, or I'd better run the .sh file too under jsub? Alex brollo (talk) 12:21, 13 March 2014 (UTC)

That looks perfectly okay to me. --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 00:48, 14 March 2014 (UTC)
Thanks! Consider that I'm the first one to be deply surprised that the whole thing runs, considering my skill level (almost zero) into a unix/linux environment.... o_O; a proof that help pages, and help from users into wiki context, are much more successful than in best dreams. Alex brollo (talk) 11:33, 14 March 2014 (UTC)

Account creation strangeness

Dear Tim,

something strange has happened when creating my account. As there appears to be no "village pump" or similar on this wiki, I thought I'd ask you as your contributions according to Special:RecentChanges appear to indicate you may be the right person to address regarding account creation matters (if not, please tell me where to ask or whether I should file a bug report).

  1. Years ago, in the svn days, I had an svn account named "grafzahl". Now I wanted to create myself a new account here.
  2. I chose the user name "GrafZahl" (with capital Z, like on the other wikis) and "grafzahl" as shell account name. I tried this twice, both times getting an error message (not allowed to change external account).
  3. First I thought maybe my old svn account was migrated and tried to request a new password, but the user name "GrafZahl" did not exist. So then I thought, maybe the shell name "grafzahl" was locked because it was once used during the svn times by me.
  4. So I tried again with shell account name "gz" instead of "grafzahl", and presto! it worked, but: according to my preferences, my user name is now "Grafzahl" (with lower case z), and my shell account name is my old "grafzahl" instead of "gz". What has happened here?

In any case, it's probably good I have my old shell account name back. It would be nice if my user name could be changed to "GrafZahl" (with a capital Z) to be in line with my other wiki accounts, though. Thanks in advance, your help would be appreciated!

--Grafzahl (talk) 23:00, 24 May 2014 (UTC)

At the moment there are two accounts for you:
  1. Your migrated SVN account with the shell account name "grafzahl" and the wikitech username "grafzahl" (lower-case G), and
  2. your newly created account with the shell account name "gz" and the wikitech username "Grafzahl" (upper-case G).
However, you could never ever log in with the migrated SVN account, as on wikitech usernames are automatically capitalized like on other wikis. But fixing this is a) not one of my capabilities :-) and b) (reportedly) non-trivial if possible at all. So I'll point User:Andrew Bogott here so that he can chime in. --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 23:40, 24 May 2014 (UTC)
OK, thanks for the heads-up, Tim!
--Grafzahl (talk) 08:23, 25 May 2014 (UTC)
It sounds to me like the correct solution is to a) abandon the Grafzahl account, and b) rename 'grafzahl' to 'GrafZahl'. I'm pretty sure that b) can be done safely; would you like me to go ahead with that?
andrew (talk) 16:16, 27 May 2014 (UTC)
By "rename 'grafzahl' to 'GrafZahl'", you mean the wikitech user name, not the shell account name, correct? Yes, that sounds reasonable, please go ahead with that. The one remaining strange thing is that, according to the Special:Preferences of the Grafzahl wikitech username (which I'll abandon after the rename), the instance shell account name is 'grafzahl', not 'gz'. It's as if that shell acount name is attached to both the 'grafzahl' (the future 'GrafZahl') and 'Grafzahl' wikitech user names. Hopefully, that won't cause problems.
Thank you very much for your help, Andrew!
--Grafzahl (talk) 18:30, 27 May 2014 (UTC)
OK, I think this is done. I'm slightly concerned that I only found one account for you in the mediaiwiki DB (but two in ldap) but I'm pretty sure your MW account will now cooperate with your shell account. Please let me know how it goes.
--andrew (talk) 20:02, 27 May 2014 (UTC)
Yup, I can login as GrafZahl, and 'grafzahl' is still my shell acount name, so everything looks fine. It's getting late here, so I'll try out the shell tomorrow. Anyway, thank you very much!--GrafZahl (talk) 21:51, 27 May 2014 (UTC)

RE: Welcome to Tool Labs

Hi Tim, thanks for your kind words of welcome, still finding my feet at the moment :)

Lee Miller (talk) 14:02, 6 April 2014 (UTC)

Shell access

Thanks a lot, Tim. --M7 (talk) 15:16, 25 April 2014 (UTC)

Completing project documentation

This is regarding the announcement ( if you have missed it.

We have added some fields in addition to description field which is already there on your projects. Please click "Edit Documentation" in your project page/ project pages and fill the blanks. It will only take few minutes from your valuable time.

If you have any comments or suggestion on the form please let me know.--Sandaru (talk) 10:52, 26 July 2014 (UTC)

RE: Welcome to Tool Labs

Hi Tim, thank you for processing my request. --Gardener (talk) 21:20, 17 June 2014 (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)

thank you

thank you --``Roktim (talk) 10:21, 24 November 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)

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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 [[1]] 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.

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)

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)

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)

I'm not aware of any "meaningful" statistics; if you delve into qacct and/or ask Jaime, you can probably get a number for CPUs used or queries run per hour, but with the diversity of the tools and their code quality IMHO it is hard to imagine a metric that conveys some meaning. --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 23:24, 24 January 2016 (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)

Renaming a user account is very complicated and not something I have the rights to do; if you want to have this done, you need to file a task in Phabricator in the #Labs project. --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 23:40, 24 January 2016 (UTC)

Unable to connect to enwiki_p

I was following the instructions given (User:Magnus Manske/Migrating from toolserver) [2] 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)

I assume this has been resolved in the mean time. When you encounter a problem, please ask in our IRC channel at #wikimedia-labs connect or send a mail to our mailing list If the problem persists, please make sure to file a task in Phabricator in the #Tool-Labs project. --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 23:48, 24 January 2016 (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)

I assume this has been resolved in the mean time. When you encounter a problem, please ask in our IRC channel at #wikimedia-labs connect or send a mail to our mailing list If the problem persists, please make sure to file a task in Phabricator in the #Tool-Labs project. --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 23:51, 24 January 2016 (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)

en:User:Σ is the maintainer of the "Pages created" tool, so you need to address your questions to him. In the case of this tool, his user page is linked from the bottom of the page; more general, you can find the maintainers for each tool in the list at --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 23:58, 24 January 2016 (UTC)


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

I assume this has been resolved in the mean time. When you encounter a problem, please ask in our IRC channel at #wikimedia-labs connect or send a mail to our mailing list If the problem persists, please make sure to file a task in Phabricator in the #Tool-Labs project. --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 23:59, 24 January 2016 (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)

I don't know that. --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 00:00, 25 January 2016 (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)

Renaming a user account is very complicated and not something I have the rights to do; if you want to have this done, you need to file a task in Phabricator in the #Labs project. --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 23:42, 24 January 2016 (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)

Done. --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 20:11, 23 January 2016 (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)

I assume this has been resolved in the mean time. When you encounter a problem, please ask in our IRC channel at #wikimedia-labs connect or send a mail to our mailing list If the problem persists, please make sure to file a task in Phabricator in the #Tool-Labs project. --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 00:01, 25 January 2016 (UTC)


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)

I was born about 3.5 km too far east to speak Dutch :-). You can probably find other users speaking Dutch in our IRC channel at #wikimedia-labs connect or on our mailing list It is hard to explain what a shell user is without understanding what your knowledge in this area is or what you want to do in the Tools project. --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 00:23, 25 January 2016 (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)

Renaming a user account is very complicated and not something I have the rights to do; if you want to have this done, you need to file a task in Phabricator in the #Labs project. --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 00:11, 25 January 2016 (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)

Someone else was faster than me :-). --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 20:12, 23 January 2016 (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)

I assume this has been resolved in the mean time. When you encounter a problem, please ask in our IRC channel at #wikimedia-labs connect or send a mail to our mailing list If the problem persists, please make sure to file a task in Phabricator in the #Tool-Labs project. --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 00:14, 25 January 2016 (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)

Somebody else was faster than me :-). --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 20:13, 23 January 2016 (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)

Renaming a user account is very complicated and not something I have the rights to do; if you want to have this done, you need to file a task in Phabricator in the #Labs project. --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 00:12, 25 January 2016 (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)

I assume this has been resolved in the mean time. When you encounter a problem, please ask in our IRC channel at #wikimedia-labs connect or send a mail to our mailing list If the problem persists, please make sure to file a task in Phabricator in the #Tool-Labs project. --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 00:12, 25 January 2016 (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)

I assume this has been resolved in the mean time. When you encounter a problem, please ask in our IRC channel at #wikimedia-labs connect or send a mail to our mailing list If the problem persists, please make sure to file a task in Phabricator in the #Tool-Labs project. --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 00:13, 25 January 2016 (UTC)

Removing Tool

Can you remove this tool: editing-pattern-subpage-searcher? Thank you. --JustBerry (talk) 02:27, 24 September 2015 (UTC)

Done. I got "Access denied for user 's52694'@'%' to database 'mysql'" errors when trying to list possible databases on c1.labsdb, c2.labsdb, c3.labsdb and tools.labsdb for that tool, so I assumed there were none. --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 20:20, 23 January 2016 (UTC)


Hi Tim, when you have a moment could you delete my tool, commonstools, from tool labs? I'm the sole owner of this tool and I'm no longer using it. Thanks! -FASTILY 04:00, 4 February 2016 (UTC)

Done. --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 03:28, 5 February 2016 (UTC)
Thanks! -FASTILY 09:56, 9 February 2016 (UTC)

Bot accounts cannot be members of the Tools project

Hello, I have user account on french wikipedia : Gratus. Must I create a compte called Gratus or can I change this pseudo or indicate anywhere my account Gratus ? Thanks,--GratusBot (talk) 18:55, 5 February 2016 (UTC)

Renaming users is very complicated, so I just approved your access request for Gratus. Bienvenue! --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 06:42, 6 February 2016 (UTC)
Thanks. --Gratus (talk) 06:44, 6 February 2016 (UTC)

Happy New Year

Hi Tim , Happy New Year. I Have Issue With public SSH Key, When I Open PuTTY I Get This Message : Server refused our key. Can You Help me Please.--Jarallah (talk) 07:32, 5 January 2016 (UTC)

I do not use PuTTY, but we have a help page for that (linked from the top of this page). A frequent cause for such errors is that the user names are different in Labs and on the local machine and the user did not tell his secure shell to log in with the correct one. --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 12:17, 5 January 2016 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!

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Thank you very much for all you did ;) SleepyMode (talk) 06:39, 27 February 2016 (UTC)

Some bubble tea for you!

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Request for deleting of a tool lab instance

Hi Tim,

I created a lab instance by mistake and can't delete it, please since you are the admin, I will like you to delete this lab instance for me. The name of the lab instance is "gsoc-dev". Delete that one. Thanks and I will be waiting for your feedback.

Do you mean the tool "gsoc-dev" in Tool Labs? --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 01:33, 15 June 2016 (UTC)

Using keyboard-interactive authentication

hi tim how can i fix this problem "Using keyboard-interactive authentication", i can't login my account, any help?--Jarallah II (talk) 02:19, 3 August 2016 (UTC)

I don't know. I assume this means that your ssh has no public key configured for that host/account. I believe the message indicates that you are using PuTTY, and in this case our help page for that might be useful for you. Otherwise I would suggest that you ask on IRC, on the mailing list or file a Phabricator task; we have a number of PuTTY users who might be able to help you. I personally do not use PuTTY or Windows. --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 10:01, 7 August 2016 (UTC)

Bot Request

Hello I am bibek and I mostly edit Nepali Wikipedia . We need a bot in nepali wiki and I am thinking of creating it. I know the program that I should give for my bot but I don't know how to make my bot automatically do work. So please help me. ThanksBibek bro (talk) 14:55, 14 September 2016 (UTC)

I'm sorry, I can't help you with writing a bot. You can probably find people experienced in writing bots and willing to help in our IRC channel #wikimedia-labs connect or our mailing list If you want to start developing on your own, I would recommend the Pywikibot framework. --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 02:20, 15 September 2016 (UTC)

Tool isbn


  • ich verstehe meine Situation so, dass ich zunächst von Ireas zum Tool isbn hinzugefügt werden müsste. Ich bin ja aber deswegen hier, weil ich Ireas seit Monaten nicht erreichen kann. Wie muss ich da vorgehen?
  • Das Tool ist nicht in php, sondern in Java/servlet geschrieben und läuft daher unter Tomcat (meine lokale Installation administriere ich über das Webinterface). Alle mir bekannte Doku bezieht sich aber auf Apache/php. Da müsste ich also Ireas fragen und der ist ja nicht da?
  • Als ersten Schritt würde ich gern unter isbn/test eine Testversion des Tools probeweise deployen. Geht das so einfach, oder muss ich dafür ein neues Tool anlegen und wie ordne ich das dann Tomcat zu?

--G (talk) 20:17, 6 October 2016 (UTC)

Vielen Dank für Deine Bereitschaft, das Tool wieder mit Leben zu erfüllen! Theoretisch fällt es in die Grauzone „abandoned tool“, für die derzeit eine Umfrage läuft. Da Du aber unzweifelhaft der Originalautor bist und auch keine Botaccounts, etc. betroffen sind, habe ich Dich zu dem Tool hinzugefügt.
Ich habe persönlich keine Erfahrung mit Java-Anwendungen, insbesondere in Tool Labs, aber unter Help:Tool Labs/Web#Java (Tomcat) gibt es eine Kurzanleitung, wie man ein neues Tool für Tomcat konfiguriert. Ireas scheint das für isbn getan zu haben, so dass momentan ein Tomcat zu laufen scheint.
Für Tests würde ich ein neues Tool isbn-test (oder ähnlich) anlegen. Es ist wahrscheinlich wesentlich einfacher, dort die Konfiguration zu erlernen und zu erproben, als dies in einem Unterverzeichnis mit vorhandenen „Altlasten“ zu versuchen. Nach erfolgreichem Test die Daten zu isbn zu überspielen (und gegebenenfalls isbn-test zu löschen), ist trivial.
Es wäre schön, wenn Du die (erfolgreiche) Konfiguration auf Tool:Isbn dokumentieren könntest. Ein Beispiel findest Du unter Tool:Bash. Wenn Du Probleme speziell mit Tomcat hast, kann es auch sinnvoll sein, auf der Mailing-Liste zu fragen oder ein Ticket in Phabricator zu öffnen, da dort häufig mehr Java-Entwickler sind. --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 07:45, 8 October 2016 (UTC)

Java auf Labs, 1.7 vs 1.8, Phab-Task, Triage

Oracle bietet nur noch Java 1.8 an. Auf Labs läuft 1.7. OpenJDK ist als 1.8 verfügbar. Ich habe einen Task auf Phabricator geöffnet, der wartet aber weiterhin auf Triage. Notfalls kann ich meine Sourcen auf Labs mit ssh-Login kompilieren, aber das ist natürlich sehr unbequem. Wie sind denn die Aussichten, dass der Task bearbeitet wird? --G (talk) 04:59, 13 October 2016 (UTC)

Sorry für die späte Antwort. Ich glaube, JDK 8 ist über ein anderes Backend benutzbar, aber ich bin mir nicht sicher. Ich habe in den Phabricator-Task einen Link und einen Programmaufruf kopiert. (BTW, großer Vorteil des Kompilierens in Labs ist, dass der Quelltext nicht nur in Labs ist, sondern auch sichergestellt ist, dass er, gegebenenfalls von einem Dritten, neu kompiliert werden kann.) --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 11:17, 24 November 2016 (UTC)

Getting extension code for 'ZoomableImages' on gerrit...

Thanks for the quick reply! I did submit a request on MediaWiki prompted by the "Extension code in wiki" template on the extension page I created in MediaWiki. It has been my understanding that gerrit is in the wikitech orbit... and I need access -- presuming the code I wrote is worthy of gerrit. In any case, I find the process somewhat slow and convoluted... but I am hoping it will all make sense when I'm a little further into it. I guess that I'll get access if the "New repositories request on MediaWiki" is granted. Nephron (talk) 05:36, 7 November 2016 (UTC)

It is convoluted because it was not designed, but grew organically, and documentation not always keeping up with code :-). I don't think that you need shell access to work with Gerrit; otherwise please holler. --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 11:25, 24 November 2016 (UTC)

Fast approval

Hi, thanks for the very fast approval of my request for shell. I didn't think it would be granted this fast and it'll really help my bot work. Regards, --Zenith4237 (talk) 06:27, 13 February 2017 (UTC)

Kleine Bitte

Hallo Tim, kannst Du bitte so nett sein und bei Gelegenheit den Tool-Namen 'ut-iw-bot' löschen? Ich habe mich dann doch lieber für den Toolnamen 'ut-interwiki-bot' entschieden, damit ich das besser vom Shell-Account-Namen unterscheiden kann.

Gruß --Udo T. (talk) 19:05, 15 February 2017 (UTC)

Ich sehe, Du hast den richtigen Briefkasten gefunden :-). (Das Löschen erfordert erweiterte Administrationsrechte und kann daher ein wenig dauern.) --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 17:47, 16 February 2017 (UTC)
Richtig, ich habe diese Änderung hier von Dir gesehen... ;o) Danke für den "Hint". Gruß --Udo T. (talk) 20:34, 16 February 2017 (UTC)