[developers] [delph-in] migration of collaboration infrastructure

T.J. Trimble trimblet at me.com
Mon Mar 15 19:05:24 UTC 2021

Hi all,

Just wondering what the status of this transition is? Is there a working wiki somewhere?


T.J. Trimble

> On Dec 28, 2020, at 2:57 PM, Alexandre Rademaker <arademaker at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> Tomorrow, at 3PM (Brazil, 10AM Pacific Time) we (Olga and me) will have a meeting to discuss alternatives to the current DELPHI-IN wiki running in a MoinMoin instance. Anyone here is welcome to the discussion, our first step is to identify the requirements and alternatives. I am also working to try a temporary solution, that is, moving the MoinMoin to a new machine.
> Here is the link for the meeting https://ibm.webex.com/meet/alexrad
> Best,
> Alexandre
>> On 28 Dec 2020, at 16:04, Stephan Oepen <oe at ifi.uio.no> wrote:
>> dear colleagues,
>>> over the next two weeks, services hosted in the following domains will be migrated to a new system at the university of oslo:
>>> + delph-in.net
>> [...]
>> the bulk of the service migration is now complete, and there is both
>> good news and bad news.  i would like to invite everyone to take a
>> critical look and let me know if you find anything missing (please
>> recall that the WeSearch semantic query interface has been
>> discontinued).
>> in particular, moving the DELPH-IN wiki turned out more involved than
>> anticipated.  for the time being, the wiki is read-only, and (truth be
>> told) i am not sure i will be able to re-enable edit functionality.
>> on the technical side (owing to a dependency on Python 2.x), we had to
>> convert from running in the WSGI framework to a more traditional CGI
>> set-up, which means that URLs in the new wiki now require an extra
>> path component, e.g.
>> http://moin.delph-in.net/FrontPage --> http://moin.delph-in.net/wiki/FrontPage
>> old-style URLs will be automatically rewritten by the server, so in
>> principle the above should not cause any broken links.  content-wise,
>> as part of the migration, we holiday-cleaned some 12,538 wiki accounts
>> and 33,481 spam pages.  this was done heuristically, but i hope no
>> genuine content has been lost.
>> to regain a fully functional DELPH-IN wiki, i would like to urgently
>> ask for help: i believe we should either find another site to host and
>> maintain a fresh MoinMoin instance (preferably with WSGI support) or
>> migrate the wiki content (and, ideally, user accounts and revision
>> history) into a more modern platform.  regarding the latter, i imagine
>> either MediaWiki or GitHub wikis would be strong candidates (and could
>> presumably be hosted on the public M$ GitHub service).
>> now that we are down to a manageable number of pages and users in the
>> DELPH-IN MoinMoin instance, i believe the migration task should not be
>> insurmountable.  i will be happy to provide an archive of all content
>> and revision history.  i sincerely hope we can find volunteers in the
>> DELPH-IN community to pick up the ball and work toward a modern and
>> sustainable DELPH-IN wiki?
>> best wishes, oe

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