Incubator:Importing from Incubator

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What to do when a subdomain is created?

Do not copy pages from the test at Incubator to the new site. This is illegal. These pages must be imported from Incubator. For this, you have to be member of the global new wiki importers user group (list of members).

Note that editing existing wikis on Incubator is technically impossible, so you will not miss any page or change while importing.

How to import[edit]

  1. Get your data (note: it is not yet needed to register) - there are different possibilities:
    • The normal MediaWiki way
      1. Go on Incubator (this wiki) to Special:Prefixindex
      2. Copy the page names of all pages of your test (namespaces Main, Talk, Template, Template talk, Category, Category talk, MediaWiki, MediaWiki talk, Module, Module talk) into the field at Special:Export.
    • The API way
      1. Go to http://incubator.wikimedia.org/w/api.php and get the appropriate parameters
      2. Copy the lists to a text program which supports utf-8 and regular expressions, then remove the unneeded parts.
      3. Copy the lists (namespaces Main, Talk, Template, Template talk, Category, Category talk, MediaWiki, MediaWiki talk, Module, Module talk) into the field at Special:Export.
    • You can use this tool and remove the numbers in front of the pages names and copy the list to Special:Export. Remember the labs replication lag!
  2. Uncheck "Include only the current revision, not the full history" (IMPORTANT because we need the history)
  3. Click on "export".
  4. Save that file on your computer. (be sure that it supports utf-8)
  5. Use this Python script to clean up the resulting XML file.
    • Alternatively, you can do so manually: remove prefixes etc. (e.g. replace "Project/isocode/" and "{{#titleparts: {{PAGENAME}} | 2 }}" with "" to remove prefixes), the easiest way is with regular expressions. (This means removing the prefixes from page titles, links, template transclusions, categories and interwiki links (for non-Wikipedias) from every revision of the page! Failure in doing so would result in serious issues that would need the developers to help!)
  6. Make sure you are registered on the destination wiki.
  7. Go on the new wiki to Special:Import. Search your computer for the XML file, then upload it. Remember to check the box "Assign edits to local users where the named user exists locally". Wait, and when it gives an error, just hit your browser's "back" button, click again on "upload" and wait again. Repeat this until it gives a message you are finished.
    • Check [[Special:Log/import]] after each time the importing gives an error. In some cases, the same page may be imported twice, or it will give an error multiple times without importing anything. A solution to this is to manually remove the pages that have already been imported from the XML file, and then try to import it again.
  8. Be sure the main page is the correct one, and click a few times on Special:Random to check there are no clear errors. Maybe leave a note that they can contact you when something is missing.
  9. If you imported CSS/JS pages in the MediaWiki namespace, see [1].
  10. You can update Incubator:Site creation log.
  11. You should notify contributors to the test of the new subdomain.
  12. Wait a few hours or days, to make sure there are no missing pages or other problems. If not:

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