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This is the discussion page for the AWB project. It is also the place to discuss using the AWB program itself (if you need help, or have a question about AWB, etc.). Before asking questions, please read the Frequently asked questions below. Where to make specific types of reports or requests is explained in the Before you post section below...

Before you post[edit]

Do you want to ... Please use
Report a bug in AWB? Wikipedia talk:AutoWikiBrowser/Bugs
Report an incorrectly fixed typo? Wikipedia talk:AutoWikiBrowser/Typos
Request a feature for a future version of AWB? Wikipedia talk:AutoWikiBrowser/Feature requests
Request approval to use AWB? Wikipedia talk:AutoWikiBrowser/CheckPage
Ask a question about AWB or ask for help? This page

Frequently asked questions[edit]

  • When I start it up I get one of the following errors:
    "The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000135). Click on OK to terminate the application.", or
    "To run this application, you must first install one of the following versions of the .NET Framework..."
    This error means your computer does not have the .NET framework version 2 installed properly. You can choose from various versions for download here, or you can run Microsoft Update and select version 2 of the .Net framework from the "Optional Updates" section, if you want the choice made for you.
  • Does AWB run on Linux or Mac?
    Linux, a qualified yes. Mac, not natively but via virtualisation.
    AWB runs reasonably under Wine. See details here
    AWB might also run under Mono.
A native version, PyAutoWikiBrowser (screenshots here), based on Python, is being developed separately for Unix-like systems.
On the Mac, AWB is not natively available, but an option is to use virtualisation with Parallels Desktop for Mac (subject to meeting supported operating systems requirements) and then run Microsoft Windows virtually with AWB as the Windows instructions above. Note this option is not free, as a license is required for both Parallels Desktop for Mac and Microsoft Windows. An alternative visualization method is to use the free VirtualBox, see also Comparison of platform virtual machines.
  • Does AWB work on other projects/languages?
    Many Wikimedia projects and languages are supported, see the "User and project preferences" option in the general menu. Other languages will be added on request, though at the moment the interface is always in English. You are also able to use AWB with third-party wikis: Options > Preferences > Site, you can change the wiki there. The wiki must support the Bot API required by AWB. This means that it should have latest HEAD version of MediaWiki or something close to that. The wmf-deployment branch is also recommended, as this is what is currently live on WMF sites.
  • What interwiki link order does AWB use?
    The software reads the interwiki sort order from Wikipedia:AutoWikiBrowser/IW, which is generally mirrored to reflect the order at m:Interwiki sorting order.
  • AWB puts stubs after categories, though categories are always rendered the last by MediaWiki?
    According to WP:STUB#Categorizing stubs, By convention they are placed at the end of the article, after the External links section, any navigation templates, and the category tags, so that the stub category will appear last. If your wiki uses another order, please let us know here.
  • I don't like or use Internet Explorer; please use Firefox instead.
    AWB does not use Internet Explorer per se. It does, however, use the same web browser control (MSHTML) as Internet Explorer; the equivalent Firefox component does not provide the needed functionality.
  • How do I open the page in another browser if I can't use the one in AWB?
    Right click on the edit box in the bottom right side of your screen. Select "Open page in browser".
  • How do I edit a page that doesn't exist?
    Uncheck "Ignore non existing pages" in the "Skip articles" box.
  • How do I skip certain articles?
    Use the "Skip if contains" and "Skip if doesn't contain" on the "Skip" tab
  • Can't you leave up a "stable" version, so I don't have to download new versions?
    It is important to keep people up to date with the latest versions, because their use of the software doesn't just affect them, but the whole of Wikipedia. As any bugs that remain will be trivial; hopefully releases won't be too frequent.
  • How can I stop AWB clicking when it changes pages?
    This is a Windows sound theme setting. This page explains how to turn off the clicking sound.
    Alternatively, delete the following key from the Windows registry:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\AppEvents\Schemes\Apps\Explorer\Navigating\.Current
  • AWB randomly crashes upon page load on my system, and I always use a browser other than Internet Explorer when using Wikipedia.
    You may have installed custom scripts incompatible with IE. Wrap the contents of your monobook.js into conditional:
               //Detect IE5.5+
               if (navigator.appVersion.indexOf("MSIE")==-1)
               {
                   // Previous contents go here
                   ....
               }
  • I get Just In Time Debugger Messages when loading AWB/loading pages.
    In Internet Explorer, go to Tools --> Options --> Advanced. Make sure 'Disable Script Debugging (Internet Explorer)' and 'Disable Script Debugging (Other)' Are both checked. Press apply and close.
  • Why does AWB run very, very slowly if I try to make changes in the edit window on larger pages, especially pages with long lists or tables?
    If running on Windows, exit the Speech Recognition software that is built into some versions of Windows; don't just turn it 'Off', you must 'Exit' the software if you have started up Speech Recognition.
  • When I do a clean install of AutoWikiBrowser the application seems to find old setting data somewhere. I'd like to do a really clean install. Any ideas?
    Clean up your registry and remove the folder "C:\Documents and Settings\user name\Local Settings\Application Data\AutoWikiBrowser" (Windows XP) or "C:\Users\user name\AppData\Local\AutoWikiBrowser\" (Windows 7). Note that the application data folder may be hidden.
  • AWB prompts that there is a newer version but won't update
    Check the version number of your AWBUpdater.exe. The current version is 2.0.2.0. If you have an older version, you have to download the latest AWB version and make a clean install.
  • Which .NET Framework version do I have?
    You can find your .NET Framework version in Help --> About box.
  • Where are the default settings stored?
    • Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\Application Data\AutoWikiBrowser
    • Windows Vista and Windows 7: C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\AutoWikiBrowser\Default.xml
  • I cannot copy text from the diff window using the Control+C keyboard shortcut.
    You must have Microsoft.mshtml.dll available for AWB to use for this functionality to work. You can try downloading the file (there are a number of third party websites offering DLL file downloads) and putting it in the same folder as AutoWikiBrowser.exe. This is reported not to work for all users, presumably due to .NET Framework problems.
  • Is there any way to set AWB to not use https? (GFW blocks 443 port)
    In preferences, set project to "custom". Set the left box to http. In the webpage box, type en.wikipedia.org/w/ (English Wikipedia) or zh.wikipedia.org/w/ (Chinese Wikipedia). Note that leaving off the /w/ will result in a "root element missing" error.

Discussion[edit]

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International issues - Icelandic dates[edit]

Anyone know if AWB is being used for Icelandic Wikipedia (is.wikipedia.org)? Haven't started using/learning it for that or the English one.. yet. I just noticed that it can delink months/dates with AWB. I see that a lot there - they didn't get the memo.. (delinking should be ok - no rule there explicitly says you should link or not, and I'll try get it to say don't).

Only legal date format in Iceland(ic Wikipedia) is DMY in this format: 1. janúar 2014. Note the first period and then lower case. [After the year, nothing except comma or period as other normal/English-like rules would dictate.] The months are (we used ISO8859-1/Latin1 if it matters):

janúar, febrúar, mars, apríl, maí, júní, júlí, ágúst, september, október, nóvember, desember.

Note: We abolised the z, but some still write marz for mars (or it could be found in quotes). We do not have c officially but ok to use sometimes but is incorrect for december (but could be a "typo".. for desember). Any other (unimplemented?) country specific stuff I could think of? 15:28, 22 August 2014 (UTC)

Comp.arch you can help customisation of AWB in Icelandic by providing me translations of the edit summary in Icelandic, giving me information of the names of the tags used, etc. -- Magioladitis (talk) 06:06, 23 August 2014 (UTC)

Yes, I probably could.. "Edit summary", you mean what would end up in them? Is there a list I can find that I would look at? I'm not using AWB, maybe I should install and it will be clear. Didn't take a look at the SVN. Most Icelanders would be ok with using/understanding English help/manual if there is one (if there is a lot to translate), but the actual functionality (or anything else) regarding Icelandic issues isn't in AWB I assume and would need changes in code? comp.arch (talk) 13:37, 25 August 2014 (UTC)

Select all in Database scanner[edit]

Hi,

How select all the pages of a list of the Database scanner (to paste the selection)? Select all manually can be very tedious. Thanks. Automatik (talk) 21:43, 25 August 2014 (UTC)

@Automatik: Click on the top line to select it, and then either press Ctrl-Shift-End, or use the scrollbar to go to the bottom of the list and then Shift-click on the last line. -- John of Reading (talk) 06:20, 26 August 2014 (UTC)
Ctrl-Shift-End is perfect. Thank you John of Reading :) Automatik (talk) 23:26, 26 August 2014 (UTC)

FYI: Template:Cleanup-bare URLs nominated for deletion[edit]

Resolved

The talk page of Template:Cleanup-bare URLs says that the AWB maintainers and users would appreciate knowing if anyone proposes changing or deleting that template. Jodosma (talk) recently proposed deleting it, so you might want to stop by the discussion. — Control.valve (talk) 20:41, 28 August 2014 (UTC)

FYI, the result of the discussion was Snow keep. GoingBatty (talk) 18:58, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

Use Make Module with Database Scanner[edit]

Is it possible to use the Make Module option with the Database Scanner? I've got a custom module that dumps the contents of a template field to a file for later analysis, prior to a clean-up run in the future. The module needs to run on 19,000+ articles, there's no time pressure on the age of the data, so running via the database scanner would be better than chucking the load onto the WP servers. Does anyone know if this is possible? or have an alternative suggestion? Thanks.- X201 (talk) 15:19, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

No, though if you're able to write a medium/high complexity custom module you should be able to compile a custom version of AWB from SVN to replace the logic of one of the default scanner options. Rjwilmsi 09:46, 2 September 2014 (UTC)

Inactive editors[edit]

The following editors have not edited for 2 years. I will remove AWB access in 3 days. Anyone of these editors of course can re-apply to get rights back. Thanks, Magioladitis (talk) 17:37, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

I presume by "not edited" you mean "not used AWB"? - RichT|C|E-Mail 17:47, 1 September 2014 (UTC)
Rich_Smith I mean not edited at all. No edits on the last 2 years. -- Magioladitis (talk) 17:49, 1 September 2014 (UTC)
in which case, I need to be removed from the list, I changed my username from methecooldude which may be leading to confusion (Contribs) - RichT|C|E-Mail 17:56, 1 September 2014 (UTC)
Rich_Smith I replaced the old username with the new one. Now you'll be able to use AWB again. -- Magioladitis (talk) 18:06, 1 September 2014 (UTC)