Installer ideas

Here are some ideas for what the MediaWiki installer should be like. If you have ideas, please add them below.

Short termEdit

  • All user to specify temp directory durring installation.
    • As is right now some users are unable to /usr/local/apache/proxy
  • Use command line options, so that it can be run non-interactively
  • Accept command line options from an environment variable
  • Merge update.php into install.php.
  • Do not delete the database unless an appropriate command line option is given, and the user confirms it
  • If a database exists, update it appropriately
  • Optionally take a target directory from the command line, and create a LocalSettings.php with appropriate directories set up
    • also dbname
  • Make install.php appropriate for use on the main Wikipedia:
    • If there are already scripts in the target directory, move them to a backup directory
    • Make a rollback command, which copies the scripts back from the backup. No need to roll back schema alterations
    • Allow multilingual installation, with the directory structure currently used on the Wikipedia servers

Long termEdit

  • Automatic installation/configuration of PHP, MySQL and Apache? Especially Apache.
  • Use something other than PHP for the install script?
    • stick with php for windows users
    • .debs/.rpms?
  • Curses UI?


  • Use the C++ version instead. Still in alpha status, but:
    • No need to install PHP
    • Uses built-in database (sqlite), but can run with mysql just as easily
    • Can run on tinyweb server, which requires no installation

The Waikiki isn't a version of MediaWiki, it's just a reader. Rewriting the remainder of MediaWiki in efficient C++ would take far longer than even the most ambitious of installer ideas above. -- Tim Starling 05:55, 22 Nov 2003 (UTC)

True PathEdit

  • Its difficult to obtain the proper versions of all software and configure it so that you can be sure that you have a perfect duplicate setup (its simple science to eliminate variables to isolate a problem). Its thus amazingly simple to distribute the software as standalone image. UserModeLinux can be used if someone does not want to donate their whole machine.