Create your own Wikipedia

I was trying to find a tool to keep track of my activities (mainly), work activities. I’ve given a chance to some “diary” software but I was not convinced. I was lingering on using text files but it was not a solution. So I decided to try Mediawiki. And it was perfect!!!
Now I’m going to describe the installation on an Ubuntu 11.10 with the repos packages.

Packages installation

First, install

  • mediawiki
  • Apache2
  • mysql-server
  • mysql-admin
  • mysql-common
  • mysql-client
  • php5
  • Imagemagick
  • Latex, if you want to display math

with Synaptic, Aptitude or whatever you want. In principle installing mediawiki all the rest will be installed as a dependence (except for Latex). Once you have installed all the packages you need to modify


removing the comment (#) before

Alias /mediawiki /var/lib/mediawiki

and then to restart Apache with


Start a root mysql prompt with

mysql -u root -p

and create a database for your wiki:


Then create a user with permissions for this database

GRANT ALL ON dbname.* TO 'user'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'password';

(pay attention to the “‘”).

Wiki installation

Go to http://localhost/mediawiki and follow the instructions!:)
To be able to upload files and images you have to modify values in /etc/mediawiki/LocalSettings.php.

XML dump

To obtain a XMP backup of your wiki you can run:

php /var/lib/mediawiki/maintenance/dumpBackup.php --full > $bck_path/$(date +"%F")-wiki_bck.xml

Note that dumpBackup.php works if you write into the database login where required.

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