MediaWiki Installation Log

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As I already wrote many times, this Blog is just for me and for my poor memory that is raped every day by thousands ideas, dreams, problems, my dog… So i use to write things that helped me doing something for the future me, and since i really belive in sharing knowledge on the net i publish them. So if you are about installing WikiMedia on a Debian Squeeze Virtual Machine with ISPConfig, here you are my experience so you can avoid mistakes and messing with operating system.

System Requirements


Optional Requirements

  • ImageMagick or GD is required for image thumbnailing.
  • TeX is required for the in-line display of mathematical formulae.
  • Sendmail is required in order for the system to be able to send e-mails.
  • Shell access is required to run maintenance scripts; upgrading may be more difficult without it.

Downloading the package:

Download from this link directly into webserver root dir

(The time I’m writing I downloaded mediawiki-1.20.2.tar.gz) but it will probably change to a newer release, so double check on the website.

cd /var/www/
tar -xvzf media+[tab]
mv mediawiki-1.20.2/* ./
rm -f -r mediawiki-1.20.2*
rm index.html #(defautl page only on ispconfig new created website).
chown -R user:group *

Open in browser (this is the domain where i’m going to install MediaWiki) and go through the install process, just it happened that i forgot to chown all files to the right user:group then the installation wasn’t able to write the config file, but it prompted me the file for doenload and then i just pasted its contents into the nano editor and saved.

It worked at first try.

Any comment is appreciated




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Author: Giuseppe Urso

Giuseppe lives in Haarlem now with his shiny dog, Filippa In 1982 received his first home computer, a Commodore 64, followed by Datasette and a 1541 Floppy Disk Drive. In 1999 he installed his first Linux distro (LRH6). In 2006 he switched to Debian as favourite OS. Giuseppe Urso actively sustains the Free Software Fundation and his founder Richard Mattew Stallman, he speaks to people trying to convince them to join the fight now, and about how important is to use Free Software only. He has a job as Infra Specialist at Hippo Enterprise Java Cms an Open Source Enterprise class Content Management System, one of the coolest company ever, in Amsterdam. He's always ready to install Debian on other people computers for free.

2 thoughts on “MediaWiki Installation Log”

    1. Yes is pretty easy. Anyway, i like to keep track of my installations, and you know, before you start you never know… That’s why i just record my steps. Thanks for passing by!

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