WikipediaFS

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WikipediaFS
Developer(s) Mathieu Blondel
Initial release 11 June 2006; 8 years ago (2006-06-11)
Stable release 0.4 / 2 August 2010; 3 years ago (2010-08-02)
Development status Unmaintained
Written in Python
Operating system Mac OS X, Linux, FreeBSD
Type Filesystem
License GNU GPL
Website wikipediafs.sourceforge.net

WikipediaFS is a virtual filesystem which allows users to view and edit Wikipedia (or any MediaWiki-based site) articles as if they were real files on a local disk drive. This enables a user to edit articles directly with any text editor.[1] WikipediaFS is developed primarily by Mathieu Blondel on SourceForge.net.[2]

WikipediaFS is implemented in Python and uses the FUSE kernel module. The file system works by lazily downloading and uploading article sourcetexts — only sending HTTP requests to the selected site when a file is accessed. (Reading a file corresponds to a GET HTTP request, writing to a POST HTTP request.)

Advantages[edit]

  • Editing a long Wikipedia article can sometimes turn out to be painful and time-consuming due to web-forms limitations. Instead, when WikipediaFS is mounted on a directory, articles become like real files in that directory: it is thus possible to use a text-editor to edit files. Text-editors are generally more stable and less sluggish than browsers and have useful features such as spell checking and wiki syntax highlighting.
  • It is possible to write programs or bots transparently as if they dealt with simple files because WikipediaFS takes care of the HTTP layer. For example, WikipediaFS could be used to perform a massive content migration from one MediaWiki site to another.

Disadvantages[edit]

  • Version 0.3 does not work with the current Wikipedia. (An old version does not work, fixed but several distros have not updated their version[citation needed])
  • The project has been without maintainer since 2007.
  • It is difficult to go from page to page as the user must know in advance the name of the page to edit - WikipediaFS does not locally know what pages/files do or do not exist.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Striegel, Jason (6 May 2007). "WikipediaFS – a Linux MediaWiki file-system". MAKE. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  2. ^ "WikipediaFS 0.3 released". www.mblondel.org/journal. 

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