mediawiki on Tyler
I recently looked up upgrading medaiwiki on tyler. Unfortunatly the newer versions require php5 which is not easily available on tyler which runs CentOS-3. Perhaps this is a good reason to upgarade tyler.
Not being able to test on tyler, I decided to test the new on mercury. Andrew has already upgraded swinbrain without any problems but the wiki.ict.swin.edu.au site has a few special requirements. So far, I have not been able to get the new version working correctly with rewritten URLs. The new version of mediawiki keep adding in ‘index.php’ where is is not wanted and even when most links work, some important ones (like save) do not.
I am sure I will find a solution to that but back to tyler. One option is to re-install the tyler PC with a new OS like CentOS-4 or CentOS-5. CentOS-4 is what I use on everything else so I know it well and will have a high level of compatability. It also means i can test on tyler and then use what i learn on the main servers. CentOS-5 is newer so might be more exciting and a good place to test the new features. A final possibility is to move the wiki to mercury and host it along side the faculty wikis. This reduces the maintainence requirements and should prevent compatabiliy problems.
I have alrady moved the database to the faculty database server which is now running mysql 5.
Fell free to email me or leave a comment if you have any suggestions.