new wiki in progress, please help

Stefan Sperling stsp at
Fri Oct 26 01:28:18 CEST 2007

Hi all,

today I've started setting up a new wiki at
It's not in use yet.

The wiki engine is MoinMoin:
The syntax of Moin is a bit different from Mediawiki, see

The change is needed because we cannot upgrade php on,
but current versions of mediawiki require a newer version of php.
I could not find any good anti-spam solutions for the mediawiki
version we're running, so we need something else quickly.

Also, I've found a very simple anti-bot account patch for
MoinMoin here:
I've tested it and it works fine. It's very small and simple,
yet probably better than whatever I could find for Mediawiki.

Before taking the new wiki live, we need to migrate the content.

I don't really think that importing the history of the old wiki
into the new one is important, do you? This would simplify the move.
I guess we only really care about current docs anyway.

My current plan is to find or come up with a simple
mediawiki->moimoin syntax conversion script, run it on
copies of the wiki pages like the ones I have at and remove
all the XML in those files.

Then we can add the pages to the new wiki manually and get rid
of a bit of old cruft (and spam!) along the way.
It would be great if you could check the list of pages on to see if you find any
pages missing. I will convert the pages listed there (at least
those that are still valuable).

I guess trying to migrate accounts is not worth the hassle,
everybody will have to sign up again, sorry.

Another thing we need a solution for is that MoinMoin runs as
a CGI script, not php, so the URLs to the new wiki will
be a bit different. But we cannot afford to break the old links
because the wiki has been linked from the forums an awful lot.

So it would be great if we had some magic in place which simply
makes all links to the old wiki point to the new wiki.
For example, the link
should be redirected to
All page names will stay the same.
Any ideas what the easiest way is to get this done?

stefan                                         PGP Key: 0xF59D25F0
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