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Migration from TWiki to FosWiki

Simple Timeline

  • April 15 (tax day), we announce on biostat-all that we'll be updating the wiki
  • May 1 we stop all edits to the content and switch over immediately
  • Then mop up.

To Do List

  • Bibliographic plugins - done
  • attachment security - still need to implement
  • top bar issues
  • other plugins
  • table of contents doesn't create short urls (turn on Apache plugin to change links?)


Use this table to record progress of plugin conversion.

Plugin Name Status (converted, not converted, etc.) Comment (e.g. "conversion not needed")
ActionTrackerPlugin installed Dale
AliasPlugin unnecessary  
CheckToIncludePlugin implemented Jeff
CoderayPlugin not converted Jeremy
CommentPlugin implemented  
DatabasePlugin unnecessary can eliminate
DirectedGraphPlugin converted  
EFetchPlugin converted  
EditTablePlugin implemented  
EmbedBibPlugin semi-converted need's cleanup
FilterPlugin unnecessary  
FoldingTOCPlugin converted  
GoFishPlugin not converted Cole prefers eliminating
IfDefinedPlugin unnecessary  
InterwikiPlugin implemented  
LatexModePlugin converted fails on system web
MathModePlugin replaced replaced w/ LatexModePlugin
MultiEditPlugin not converted  
NatSkinPlugin unnecessary  
NotificationPlugin replaced replaced w/ Notifications
RedDotPlugin unnecessary  
RenderListPlugin unnecessary  
SectionalEditPlugin not converted May replace with Jeremy's suggestion
SecurePubPlugin Currently not convertable Requires basic authenication inorder to function.
SlideShowPlugin implemented  
SmiliesPlugin implemented  
SourceHighlightingPlugin converted system web topic gone?
SpreadSheetPlugin not converted probably need
TWikiStylePlugin not converted Jeff
TablePlugin implemented  
TopicVarsPlugin not converted probably need
UserInfoPlugin unnecessary  


The FastCGI Foswiki plugin (link) requires the additional packages (ignore this for now)
  • libfcgi-perl and libapache2-mod-fastcgi (from Aptitude)
  • Getopt::Long and Pod::Usage

I tried to get FastCGI work, but it didn't seem to have any speedup at all. Either that or I configured it incorrectly.

Procedure for Updating the FosWiki Install

Foswiki currently lives on biostat3 inside a git repository. You can create/edit/delete files freely there. When you are done, however, please commit your changes like so:

git add <file-you-worked-on> [<another-file> ...]
git commit

If you delete a file, additionally run the following before committing:

git rm <file-you-deleted>

Please note that you need to add all files you worked on, regardless of whether or not they are actually new files. Git behaves differently from subversion in this regard (and many other regards). If you have general questions about git, here are some resources:

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Topic revision: r15 - 21 Apr 2009, JeffreyHorner

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