Mark Jaroski

NAME

WWW::Mediawiki::Client

SYNOPSIS

  use WWW::Mediawiki::Client;

  my $filename = 'Subject.wiki';
  my $mvs = WWW::Mediawiki::Client->new(
      host => 'www.wikitravel.org'
  );

  # like cvs update
  $mvs->do_update($filename);

  # like cvs commit
  $mvs->do_commit($filename, $message);

  #aliases
  $mvs->do_up($filename);
  $mvs->do_com($filename, $message);

DESCRIPTION

WWW::Mediawiki::Client provides a very simple cvs-like interface for Mediawiki driven WikiWiki websites, such as http://www.wikitravel.org|Wikitravel or http://www.wikipedia.org|Wikipedia. The interface mimics the two most basic cvs commands: update and commit with similarly named methods. Each of these has a shorter alias, as in cvs.

CONSTANTS

$VERSION

Update Status

STATUS_UNKNOWN

Indicates that WWW::Mediawiki::Client has no information about the file.

STATUS_UNCHANGED

Indicates that niether the file nor the server page have changed.

STATUS_LOCAL_ADDED

Indicates that the file is new locally, and does not exist on the server.

STATUS_LOCAL_MODIFIED

Indicates that the file has been modified locally.

STATUS_SERVER_MODIFIED

Indicates that the server page was modified, and that the modifications have been successfully merged into the local file.

STATUS_CONFLICT

Indicates that there are conflicts in the local file resulting from a failed merge between the server page and the local file.

Mediawiki form widgets

TEXTAREA_NAME

COMMENT_NAME

EDIT_SUBMIT_NAME

EDIT_SUBMIT_VALUE

EDIT_TIME_NAME

EDIT_TOKEN_NAME

EDIT_WATCH_NAME

EDIT_MINOR_NAME

CHECKED

UNCHECKED

USERNAME_NAME

PASSWORD_NAME

REMEMBER_NAME

LOGIN_SUBMIT_NAME

LOGIN_SUBMIT_VALUE

Files

CONFIG_FILE

  .mediawiki
  .mediawiki.cookies

SAVED_ATTRIBUTES

Controls which attributes get saved out to the config file.

CONSTRUCTORS

new

  my $mvs = WWW::Mediawiki::Client->new(host = 'www.wikitravel.org');

Accepts name-value pairs which will be used as initial values for any of the fields which have accessors below. Throws the same execptions as the accessor for any field named.

ACCESSORS

host

  my $url = $mvs->host('www.wikipediea.org');

  my $url = $mvs->host('www.wikitravel.org');

The host is the name of the Mediawiki server from which you want to obtain content, and to which your submissions will be made. There is no default. This has to be set before attempting to use any of the methods which attempt to access the server.

Side Effects:

Server defaults

If WWW::Mediawiki::Client knows about the path settings for the Mediawiki installation you are trying to use then the various path fields will also be set as a side-effect.

Trailing slashes

Any trailing slashes are deleted before the value of host is set.

language_code

  my $lang = $mvs->language_code($lang);

Most Mediawiki projects have multiple language versions. This field can be set to target a particular language version of the project the client is set up to address. When the filename_to_url and pagename_to_url methods encounter the text '__LANG__' in any part of their constructed URL the language_code will be substituted.

language_code defaults to 'en'.

space_substitute

  my $char = $mvs->space_substitute($char);

Mediawiki allows article names to have spaces, for instance the default Meidawiki main page is called "Main Page". The spaces need to be converted for the URL, and to avoid the normal but somewhat difficult to read URL escape the Mediawiki software substitutes some other character. Wikipedia uses a '+', as in "Main+Page" and Wikitravel uses a '_' as in "Main_page". WWW::Mediawiki::Client always writes wiki files using the '_', but converts them to whatever the space_substitute is set to for the URL.

Throws:

WWW::Mediawiki::Client::URLConstructionException

wiki_path

  my $path = $mvs->wiki_path($path);

wiki_path is the path to the php page which handles all request to edit or submit a page, or to login. If you are using a Mediawiki site which WWW::Mediawiki::Client knows about this will be set for you when you set the host. Otherwise it defaults to the 'wiki/wiki.phtml' which is what you'll get if you follow the installation instructions that some with Mediawiki.

Side effects

Leading slashes

Leading slashes in any incoming value will be stripped.

username

  my $url = $mvs->username($url);

The username to use if WWW::Mediawiki::Client is to log in to the Mediawiki server as a given user.

password

  my $url = $mvs->password($url);

The password to use if WWW::Mediawiki::Client is to log in to the Mediawiki server as a given user. Note that this password is sent en clair, so it's probably not a good idea to use an important one.

commit_message

  my $msg = $mvs->commit_message($msg);

A commit_message must be specified before do_commit can be run. This will be used as the comment when submitting pages to the Mediawiki server.

watch

  my $bool = $mvs->watch($bool);

Mediawiki allows users to add a page to thier watchlist at submit time using using the "Watch this page" checkbox. The field watch allows commits from this library to add or remove the page in question to/from your watchlist.

minor_edit

  my $bool = $mvs->minor_edit($bool);

Mediawiki allows users to mark some of their edits as minor using the "This is a minor edit" checkbox. The field minor_edit allows a commit from the mediawiki client to be marked as a minor edit.

status

  my $status = $mvs->status;

This field will be undef until do_update has been called, after which it will be set to one of the following (see CONSTANTS for discriptions):

WWW::Mediawiki::Client::STATUS_UNKNOWN;
WWW::Mediawiki::Client::STATUS_UNCHANGED;
WWW::Mediawiki::Client::STATUS_LOCAL_ADDED;
WWW::Mediawiki::Client::STATUS_LOCAL_MODIFIED;
WWW::Mediawiki::Client::STATUS_SERVER_MODIFIED;
WWW::Mediawiki::Client::STATUS_CONFLICT;

site_url DEPRICATED

  my $url = $mvs->site_url($url);

The site URL is the base url for reaching the Mediawiki server who's content you wish to edit. This field is now depricated in favor of the host field which is basically the same thing without the protocol string.

Side Effects:

Server defaults

If WWW::Mediawiki::Client knows about the path settings for the Mediawiki installation you are trying to use then the various path fields will also be set as a side-effect.

Trailing slashes

Any trailing slashes are deleted before the value of site_url is set.

Instance Methods

do_login

  $mvs->do_login;

The do_login method operates like the cvs login command. The host, username, and password attributes must be set before attempting to login. Once do_login has been called successfully any successful commit from the same directory will be logged in the Mediawiki server as having been done by username.

Throws:

WWW::Mediawiki::Client::AuthException
WWW::Mediawiki::Client::CookieJarException
WWW::Mediawiki::Client::LoginException
WWW::Mediawiki::Client::URLConstructionException

do_li

  $mvs->do_li;

An alias for do_login.

do_update

  $self->do_update($filename, ...);

The do_update method operates like a much-simplified version of the cvs update command. The argument is a list of filenames, whose contents will be compared to the version on the WikiMedia server and to a locally stored reference copy. Lines which have changed only in the server version will be merged into the local version, while lines which have changed in both the server and local version will be flagged as possible conflicts, and marked as such, somewhate in the manner of cvs (actually this syntax comes from the default conflict behavior of VCS::Lite):

  ********************Start of conflict 1  Insert to Primary, Insert to Secondary ************************************************************

  The line as it appears on the server

  ****************************************************************************************************

  The line as it appears locally
  ********************End of conflict 1********************************************************************************

After the merging, and conflict marking is complete the server version will be copied into the reference version.

If either the reference version or the local version are empty, or if either file does not exist they will both be created as a copy of the current server version.

Throws:

WWW::Mediawiki::Client::URLConstructionException
WWW::Mediawiki::Client::FileAccessException
WWW::Mediawiki::Client::FileTypeException
WWW::Mediawiki::Client::ServerPageException
WWW::Mediawiki::Client::AbsoluteFileNameException

do_up

An alias for do_update.

do_commit

  $self->do_commit($filename);

As with do_update the do_commit method operates like a much simplified version of the cvs commit command. Again, the argument is a filename. In keeping with the operation of cvs, do_commit does not automatically do an update, but does check the server version against the local reference copy, throwing an error if the server version has changed, thus forcing the user to do an update. A different error is thrown if the conflict pattern sometimes created by do_update is found.

After the error checking is done the local copy is submitted to the server, and, if all goes well, copied to the local reference version.

Throws:

WWW::Mediawiki::Client::CommitMessageException
WWW::Mediawiki::Client::ConflictsPresentException
WWW::Mediawiki::Client::FileAccessException
WWW::Mediawiki::Client::FileTypeException
WWW::Mediawiki::Client::URLConstructionException
WWW::Mediawiki::Client::UpdateNeededException

do_com

This is an alias for do_commit.

save_state

  $mvs->save_state;

Saves the current state of the wmc object in the current working directory.

Throws:

WWW::Mediawiki::Client::FileAccessException

load_state

  $mvs = $mvs->load_state;

Loads the state of the wmc object from that saved in the current working directory.

Throws:

WWW::Mediawiki::Client::CorruptedConfigFileException

get_server_page

  my $wikitext = $mvs->get_server_page($pagename);

Returns the wikitext of the given Mediawiki page name.

Throws:

WWW::Mediawiki::Client::ServerPageException

get_local_page

  my $wikitext = $mvs->get_local_page($filename);

Returns the wikitext from the given local file;

Throws:

WWW::Mediawiki::Client::FileAccessException
WWW::Mediawiki::Client::FileTypeException
WWW::Mediawiki::Client::AbsoluteFileNameException

pagename_to_url

  my $url = $mvs->pagename_to_url($pagename);

Returns the url at which a given pagename will be found on the Mediawiki server to which this instance of points.

Throws:

WWW::Mediawiki::Client::URLConstructionException;

filename_to_pagename

  my $pagename = $mvs->filname_to_pagename($filename);

Returns the cooresponding server page name given a filename.

Throws:

WWW::Mediawiki::Client::AbsoluteFileNameException
WWW::Mediawiki::Client::FileTypeException

filename_to_url

  my $pagename = $mvs->filname_to_url($filename);

Returns the cooresponding server URL given a filename.

Throws:

WWW::Mediawiki::Client::AbsoluteFileNameException
WWW::Mediawiki::Client::FileTypeException

pagename_to_filename

  my $filename = $mvs->pagename_to_filename($pagename);

Returns a local filename which cooresponds to the given Mediawiki page name.

url_to_filename

  my $filename = $mvs->url_to_filename($url);

Returns the local filename which cooresponds to a given URL.

list_wiki_files

  @filenames = $mvs->list_wiki_files;

Returns a recursive list of all wikitext files in the local repository.

BUGS

Please submit bug reports to the CPAN bug tracker at http://rt.cpan.org/NoAuth/Bugs.html?Dist=WWW-Mediawiki-Client.

DISCUSSION

There is a discussion list. You can subscribe or read the archives at: http://www.geekhive.net/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/www-mediawiki-client-l

AUTHORS

Mark Jaroski <mark@geekhive.net>

Author

Mike Wesemann <mike@fhi-berlin.mpg.de>

Added support for Mediawiki 1.3.10+ edit tokens

Bernhard Kaindl <bkaindl@ffii.org>

Improved error messages.

Oleg Alexandrov <aoleg@math.ucla.edu>, Thomas Widmann <twid@bibulus.org>

Bug reports and feedback.

LICENSE

Copyright (c) 2004 Mark Jaroski.

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.

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