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A new version of this software can be found at User:Henna/VF
Archives: Archive 1

New coders on the project[edit]

I've brought in some coders from my University on the project, Mike Flynn, Robert Fuller, and Jason Schindler. They'll be working on addressing pretty much all the bugs that have been mentioned, putting in some of the requested features that I haven't done (e.g. sound, saveable list of channels, multiple profiles, better status messages, better file saving for swappable lists, full and complete multilanguage/project support). Togther we're going to be implementing collaboration between clients, and at the same time I'm going to work on a spec for a sort of "plug in" interface and I'll be providing the first plug in. Expect all this to be done within 2-3 months at the very latest. If I can get them to give me intermediate builds, I'll throw up new versions as the things get implemented. CryptoDerk 15:48, 14 September 2005 (UTC)

Cool to hear that :) Please at least make separate files for each class :) I'm not very fond on the "everything in one file" coding style :) Dake 13:07, 21 September 2005 (UTC)
Great ! Maybe you can open a / berlios project and use cvs as a collaborative tool ? This way users can run the lastest development version and give you early report on new features / fixed bugs ;p Hashar 16:19, 23 September 2005 (UTC)
Why not host it on a Wikimedia site (eg. Meta)? It's written in Java, which is essentially plain text, and Mediawiki is a version control system! Alphax τεχ 10:18, 7 October 2005 (UTC)
Cause you can't make branches in MediaWiki. Maybe one day someone will put up a tool like 'mcvs' (mediawiki cvs), and then we could just 'mcvs co', 'mcvs update' and 'mcvs commit' >) Hashar 14:54, 22 October 2005 (UTC)
Sounds like you're talking about mvs to me. Lupin|talk|popups 21:05, 30 October 2005 (UTC)

Great to hear development is continuing! Dan100 (Talk) 22:09, 29 October 2005 (UTC)


Glad to be apart of this project! -Mike Flynn

Comments and suggestions[edit]

Hello, CryptoDerk. I just started using your program, and it works pretty well, I'm impressed. Immediately, I have two suggestions: one, reverse the scroll, so that the newest edits are at the top, just like the normal recent changes, and two, when you click on a page to open it up, have it remain behind vandalfigher so that you can open multiple windows at once without having to click repeatedly on VF's minimized icon. I'm sure I'll have more once I use it for a while. --Blackcap | talk 22:23, 14 September 2005 (UTC)

Ha! Just figured out how to do the first one! I notice that it's not glitchy at all when it comes in at the top. Another suggestion: have an option to require doubleclick to open a page so that accidental clicks are less likely. --Blackcap | talk 22:30, 14 September 2005 (UTC)

Fresh suggestion: have a "revert colors to default" button, and a more general "revert all settings to default" button. I've wished that I had that. --Blackcap | talk 23:26, 14 September 2005 (UTC)

I'm fairly certain CDVF stores all configuration settings in a file called vfdata.dat. Just delete that file and they will reset. — Ambush Commander(Talk) 23:32, 14 September 2005 (UTC)
Good to know. --Blackcap | talk 23:38, 14 September 2005 (UTC)
Watch out though. If you delete it, all your lists go away too. That'll be fixed by the new coders (see above) when they implement multiple save files. But the "default config" settings I'll either ask them to put in a button for, or I'll just code it up myself, because it's a good idea. CryptoDerk 00:56, 15 September 2005 (UTC)
I know: I tried it. Easily fixed by copy-and-pasting lists onto a Notepad file before deleting the vfdata.dat file. I'm glad you like the idea, I think it'll help. It also might be nice to have a readme file attached to the download, so that the instructions are there (for instance, it took me a while to realize that the -/+ column was how many word were being changed per edit). It's a really great, useful program, but I'm sure you know that since you wrote it. Thanks for having it. --Blackcap | talk 04:41, 15 September 2005 (UTC)

I've noticed that essentially all edits to User pages by anonymous editors tend to be vandalism or misplaced edits (I have seen one exception, but as it came after I mentioned my observation on #Wikipedia, I think it was by a logged out registered user). Perhaps these could be highlighted or emphasized in some way as being vastly more likely to be vandalism? --Maru (talk) 04:11, 14 October 2005 (UTC)

Mark as patrolled (2)[edit]

See also: See further:
The first link explains the original request to enable a function by which an article looked-up via vf can be marked as patrolled. In the mean time a request for extending the output to irc with the appropriate info has been posted. I observed from several sources that at least the Dutch community would very welcome such a feature. Is this still somewhere in your todo list? RonaldB-nl 00:30, 18 September 2005 (UTC)

Yes. Expect it soon. CryptoDerk 07:43, 18 September 2005 (UTC)
We are really looking forward to the change :-) --Obarskyr 05:40, 20 September 2005 (UTC)
I am happy to read this, of course soon is when you will have enough time available, we will wait patiently. Ellywa 22:57, 6 October 2005 (UTC)
I fixed bugzilla #3270, and the patch has now been committed. I expect Dutch wikipedia rc bots to soon start showing the rcid. I'm not sure if CDVF has to be changed at all; the URL opened in the browser will already lead the user to a page showing the so desired 'Mark edit as patrolled' link. Oliphaunt 12:40, 3 November 2005 (UTC)

Can't change port number?[edit]

The port number option for the IRC channel doesn't seem to be editable. This is a real problem for me - my router requires using IRC through port 6666 only, and anything else simply doesn't work. Is there a workaround? -- ChrisO 13:34, 20 September 2005 (UTC)

See the archive regarding proxy use. Alternately I think you can compile your own and put 6666 in there instead of 6667 (I think that's what I'm using now). In the new version, I'll include a box to enter port number. CryptoDerk 15:00, 20 September 2005 (UTC)
Thanks, but I don't have a proxy server (just a direct connection) and I have no idea how to compile my own version of the program... -- ChrisO 15:14, 20 September 2005 (UTC)

Autoscroll jumpiness[edit]

FWIW, all of my autoscroll issues (jumpy, stopping occasionally) were fixed by having it scroll up instead of down. — mendel 18:33, 23 September 2005 (UTC)

IRC diff link format[edit]

This might be a bit offtopic, but I don't think the IRC rc patrol has its own page right?

Is there any word on if and when the IRC recent changes log will be converted to use static revision IDs like WP:RC does since the latest upgrade? It's nice to be able to open a diff from IRC RC and have it always go to the correct revision, even on fast-moving articles. --fvw* 21:40, 25 September 2005 (UTC)


A feature where you could click a button to revert an edit would be useful, if it was feasible. Bart133 (t) 04:28, 1 October 2005 (UTC) Also, is there a regular expression to blacklist user page edits not by the user? If so, what? Great program, by the way. --Bart133 (t) 15:51, 1 October 2005 (UTC)

Great program[edit]

Hello there!

I have just have downloaded your Vandal Fighter and I'd like to tell you that it is a great piece of software. One of my favourite tasks in Wikipedia is scanning through new pages and speeding any junk that tries to get through. With VF this is now a lot easier. I have a question however. Is it possible to configure VF to open pages in new Firefox tabs instead of the last one (I'm contributing under Linux)? This would save a few clicks and Ctrl+T's (new tab). Fantastic software anyway! --Misza13 (Talk) 21:31, 8 October 2005 (UTC)

Configure that in Firefox.
Tools > Options > Advanced > "Open links from other applications in" and set it to "a new tab in most recent window"
Copied this answer to your talk. - RoyBoy 800 23:34, 8 October 2005 (UTC)

Can't import all admins[edit]

I'm having a problem importing admins into CDVF's whitelist. It will import the admins alphabetically up to User:Bkonrad and then won't import any more. I've tried re-importing and clearing the whitelist, but it still won't import the rest of the admins. I did notice that this issue was mentioned in the archive, but it doesn't seem to be resolved. Is there anything I might be doing wrong or is there another way to put all admins in my whitelist (other than manually typing them in)? Other than this small issue, it's a really great program! Carbonite | Talk 16:34, 10 October 2005 (UTC)

Not your fault, remains unresolved. - RoyBoy 800 16:51, 11 October 2005 (UTC)
As mentioned in the archive, you can fix this yourself for now, otherwise it should be fixed in the next version, which I have been told to expect next week at the latest. CryptoDerk 20:40, 12 October 2005 (UTC)
Thanks! Carbonite | Talk 21:52, 12 October 2005 (UTC)


Probably already mentioned, but autoconnet would be nice so that one can start up the VF on boot up and not need to press connect in order to lurk. - RoyBoy 800 16:51, 11 October 2005 (UTC)

Two ideas[edit]

Hi, i'm using you CDVF from only two days but i already have got two suggestion:

  1. right click to remove a row, link the "X" column (it's more easy, i don't have to move and find the right spot)
  2. VF remove a edit if the page is re-edited, but it doesn't show it, it just shows the new edit.

Timendum from it.wikipedia 19:50, 12 October 2005 (UTC)

Import watchlist[edit]

I have been using CDVF off and on for awhile now, but I still haven't figured out how to import a watchlist. I don't want to do it manually as I have almost 700 pages! Jaberwocky6669 | 05:35, 14 October 2005 (UTC)

Di you ever figure it out? I'm stymied now too. -Will Beback 03:22, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

Disconnected by server?[edit]

I'm attempting to connect, but get this message instead. Is this an issue on my end somewhere or something happening with the IRC channel?

Also, I've figured out how to import my watchlist now, but I'm wondering, is it possible (or could it be made possible?) to import a recent changes "shared watchlist", like Wikipedia:Most vandalized pages?

Thanks for a great tool! MC MasterChef :: Leave a tip 06:28, 18 October 2005 (UTC)

I've encountered this same problem. I had left CDVF running for well over 12 straight, no problems. I closed it to do some non-wiki things, then when I re-opened it, it started giving me attitude. Since then it's been doing the same thing: I tell it to connect, it tells me it's connecting, then that it is connected to #en.wikipedia, and then that I have been "Disconnected by server". Oddly enough, I also partially or entirely lose access to network resources (shared drives, 'net access, LAN router) until I physically close down CDVF after receiving the error. I've checked that I am indeed using Java v1.5.0 (using >java -showversion at the command prompt), and I put myself in the DMZ so I wouldn't have to worry about any possible port-forwarding issues. Any thoughts on why this is happening? I'm anxious to get back to using your tool, as I've just recently started getting the hang of it - extremely useful! Cheers. --PeruvianLlama(spit) 09:07, 1 December 2005 (UTC)
Update on the above - I realized that it started immediately after I had added a (probably improperly formed) item to the regexp blacklist. This b0rked my network connection, thus the source of being "Disconnected from the server": in fact, I was disconnected from the 'net. However after removing the item from the regexp list, and restarting CDVF, everything seemed fine. Is there a standard place for bug reports where I can make mention of this? Cheers. --PeruvianLlama(spit) 08:33, 2 December 2005 (UTC)

Move to wikipedia:namespace[edit]

This page should be moved to the wikipedia: namespace to increase visibility.Borisblue 21:51, 26 October 2005 (UTC)

Bug : User & diacritics OR Cyrillic[edit]

Hello, i am using your geat software on the french Wikipedia. We have some user with é à â ä etc. in ther names. When in try to clic on an user with diacritics (to see edits) the page do not open in the navigator. Sincerely. Miniwark 20:07, 28 October 2005 (UTC)

Hi, great program, thank you very much! Just tried it, I am thrilled. The same bug happens where the Username contains Cyrillic Characters, eg. bg:Потребител:Петко. When I click on the username, the string is not considered UTF but seemingly ISO8859-1 and is urlencoded incorrectly. Example: from CDVF, incorrect, correct, should be this. Similarly for User talk and probably block pages.
For page urls there is no bug, diffs are displayed normally. Connect to #bg.wikipedia to test this bug. Otherwise great work, thumbs up. Cheers, --5ko 06:30, 14 December 2005 (UTC)
This may be an issue with the "external browser" selection, when the system encoding is not UTF. I suppose that something like this patch might work (from line 1987, cannot compile it myself, not enough java-experience):
<  String st1 = stt.nextToken(), st2 = stt.nextToken();
>  String st1 =  URLEncoder.encode(stt.nextToken(),"UTF-8"), st2 = stt.nextToken();
in public void mouseClicked(MouseEvent e), every time that there is a URL composition (might be done with a function) for Talk, Blockip, Contributions. The URLEncode will not disturb what currently works for ASCII usersnames. 5ko 07:29, 14 December 2005 (UTC)

Could not connect[edit]

Using Linux and JDK 1.4.2, could not connect to IRC server. With JDK 1.5.0, it works fine.


Do we download vf.jar or from the website. How do we install it? Do we just click on one of the files? Thanks. — MATHWIZ2020 TALK | CONTRIBS 01:26, 8 November 2005 (UTC)

Flag Admin - suggestion[edit]

Just a simple suggestion for any new version of CDVF or bot. Non-admins fighting vandals currently have to use IRC or WP:AIV to secure an admin review of a problem user (impersonator etc|), or ask for a block. I suggest creating a simple flag, which can be included in any edit summary, which would show up on the CVUbot and CDVF, indicating to any admin that an editor wishes admin intervention. E.g. rvv etc .... *admin* (or test4 *a*) - where *admin* or simply *a* is the flag. Of course, it could be misused - but then, if vandals use, it ..... we know who they are. Doc ask? 18:06, 8 November 2005 (UTC)

speedied page[edit]

Hi, I'm translating this article to the dutch wikipedia (nl:Wikipedia:Vandalfighter - it's a bit short at the moment). Can someone explain to me what speedied pages pages are? Venullian 17:48, 10 November 2005 (UTC)

A speedied page is an article that has been deleted according to the speedy deletion policy. These are usually articles that are obviously nonsense, or obvious test pages, etc. (I copied this comment to your en user talk page) --PeruvianLlama(spit) 08:50, 19 November 2005 (UTC)

Also, it says that you can also import your Wikipedia watchlist, but i don't really see how to do so when i'm on the page to edit my watchlist... Venullian 17:53, 10 November 2005 (UTC)

New Version?[edit]

I'm just curious when a new version might be released. I'm not trying to rush the coders, but I noticed that Cryptoderk quoted "2-3 months" back in September and "next week" back in mid-October. Carbonite | Talk 14:36, 12 November 2005 (UTC)

IRC RC feed defined?[edit]

Is the IRC RC format defined anywhere? I wanted to experiment with the feed, but the format isn't immediately obvious to me. Any hints would be appreciated. Thanks, William Pietri 04:42, 16 November 2005 (UTC)

After more wandering, I found it in the source code: includes/RecentChange.php. It's at the bottom of the file as "getIRCLine". --William Pietri 19:15, 16 November 2005 (UTC)

If anybody wants it, I now have an adequate Java parser for IRC recent change events, with more improvements upcoming. Even if you're not working in Java, the test cases would be useful if you're rolling your own. --William Pietri 06:12, 17 November 2005 (UTC)

Move to WP namespace?[edit]

I propose that, due to the overwhelming usefulness of CDVF, that this page be moved into the Wikipedia namespace, to Wikipedia:CryptoDerk's Vandal Fighter or similar title, in the same way that Kate's Tool now has its own place. Unless, of course, CryptoDerk wants it kept here. Any thoughts? This tool certainly deserves it: it's the best vandalfighting anything since RC. Blackcap | talk 11:23, 17 November 2005 (UTC)

This is what we decided to do on the nl wikipedia : nl:Wikipedia:Vandalfighter... Venullian 15:58, 10 December 2005 (UTC)

Whitelist, etc[edit]

Hi, CryptoDerk, i'm just testing your great tool. I'm amazed! Thank you :-)

You asked for suggestions... i would like to see all changes, including those made by the "good ones". Actually, i would like to highlight changes made by a) people on my whitelist and b) myself. I#M using a monobook.css which does right this on wikipedia, so i'm somehow used to that :-)

Well, to see my own edits highlighted, i had to blacklist myself... don't tell anyone ;-) Is there any better solution?

Thank you -- Magadan ?! 17:03, 22 November 2005 (UTC)

How about the discussion pages?[edit]

Great Tool, thank you very much! I am using it as an improved watch list, though, not "only" to keep an eye on vandalism.

As we all know, vandalism is not only occuring on the articles itself, but often on the corresponding discussion pages. Therefore, it would be a nice feature if the tool would monitor the discussion page of an article that I have on my watchlist automatically. Currently, if I want to watch changes there as well, I would need to add discussion:article#de.wikipedia.

Once again, thanks for the tool!--nodutschke 19:07, 27 November 2005 (UTC)

what would be really cool[edit]

one thing that I thought of that I would _really_ like to see, some sort of secondary network, where, for the people allowed in (such as admins and users who are known to be patrollers (such as the whitelisted users on the CVU bot), can join and the diffs are loaded between all of them, but if another admin hits one of those diffs and checks it off as non-vandalism, or another edit comes in showing that it has been taken care of by one of the users on the server, it disappers, so you don't go checking what somebody else already has. I've been shown multiple website based programs that do this, but none in realtime. --Appleboy Talk 22:32, 1 February 2006 (UTC)

Wow...I'd have to award derk 10,000 barnstars for that. —Ilyanep (Talk) 00:09, 8 January 2006 (UTC)
this might be possible with mediawiki adaptions, mediawiki would have to adapt the existing mark-as-patrolled code as follows:

1) keep track of who checks of on edits 2) put that info in the ircstream when those two are in place it's rather trivial (tho would take a while) to add such a system to tools such as vandalfighter. Henna 22:23, 21 February 2006 (UTC)

About a new version...[edit]

Sorry it's taken so long -- real life got in the way. Anyway, the other coders involved have now finished their course and are in the process of providing me a final version of what they did (I've seen it working, and I examined an earlier copy). Starting on Monday I'm on it. It will take some time to get their version ready for release, plus if I can add in requested things from here that they didn't get to, I will. Really sorry for the delays. I promise a new version within a month. CryptoDerk 15:05, 10 December 2005 (UTC)

You're doing great work, we should be thanking you instead of hearing your apologies ;-) Venullian 15:59, 10 December 2005 (UTC)
Thank you for the update, CryptoDerk. I look forward to the new version. Carbonite | Talk 18:29, 10 December 2005 (UTC)
Ay I second that, no need for apologies. KnowledgeOfSelf | talk 21:52, 10 December 2005 (UTC)
I'm buzzing on white wine right now, so you can only imagine my excitement. - RoyBoy 800 00:42, 11 December 2005 (UTC)
Oh yeah, I remember once I switched accounts from mine (admin) to a user account. When I switched back to the admin account the computer restarted. I was running CDVF in the admin account... now I have no idea what actually caused the restart, but that is the first time that has happened to me. - RoyBoy 800 00:46, 11 December 2005 (UTC)

I look forward to it with bated breath! Thanks for all your efforts Derk, I hope you realise just how much you've done for keeping Wikipedia free of vandalism. Dan100 (Talk) 10:27, 15 December 2005 (UTC)

I definately look forward to it. Good job! Hope we can get a full list of admins though :) —Ilyanep (Talk) 00:08, 8 January 2006 (UTC)

Thanks for coding the CDVF - it makes RC patrol almost breezeless! I'm really looking forward to the new version - just when, exactly, is it coming out? It's been two months (almost) since your promise above to release it in one month...

Problems opening articles[edit]

When I click on the article summary (or anything else that should link me to wikipedia), I get an application not found error. Can any help me? The Catfish 22:26, 15 December 2005 (UTC)

This is sorted out now.--Commander Keane 04:18, 18 December 2005 (UTC)

I think I'm having the same problem. The program opens in the Java program, but when I click on a link, I get this error message: "There was a problem sending the command to the program." Banes suggested it might be IE, but I use firefox, so it's not that. Anyone have any advice? --ViolinGirl

If it is the same problem experienced by The Catfish, then the solution will be changing where the program looks for the browser. Do you have "Automatically detect browser" ticked? Maybe you could try unticking that and putting the full path of your browser in the field below. --Commander Keane 17:51, 26 December 2005 (UTC)
Thanks, I did untick the box you mentioned before you responded to my question, but now, it doesn't bring up anything when I click on something. How do I put the full path of the browser in the field? I clicked "browse", and then went to desktop, and clicked on the shortcut to the this right?--ViolinGirl 18:17, 26 December 2005 (UTC)
Ok, thanks for all your help. I figured it out. For future reference, if anyone else is having problems, make I would suggest unticking the box as described above, and make sure you go through "Program Files" to find your browser, not through the desktop. Yay! I can't wait to work on this now!--ViolinGirl 21:23, 26 December 2005 (UTC)


I just whant to thank you for this great tool and im realy egar to the when the patrolled function is enabled.

But I have also one suggestion, make it posible to translate the program by for exemple an external language file. /Grön 12:11, 17 December 2005 (UTC)

That's a good idea, given the global aspect of Wikipedia, and can be accomplished reasonably easily with Java. Eclipse has features for semi-automating the work of externalising the strings to a file which can then be translated. I have done this before for a medium-large project. PeteVerdon 18:36, 5 January 2006 (UTC)

IRC alternatives?[edit]

Is there any alternative to requiring a connection to an IRC server? The use of IRC precludes the use of the tool from behind corporate firewalls, and also shuts out any who are unable/unwilling to learn how to configure a firewall to allow IRC connections. Which is a pity, I think.

As far as I can tell though IRC is the only way edits are published by the wiki in an automated form. Is there any way we can make these available over HTTP? Adrian.baker 22:33, 4 January 2006 (UTC)

Ok, to answer my question at least in part: you could take the approach of a tool like and use a public http proxy to access the IRC channel over HTTP. Kinda of a pain because you have to look up a public HTTP proxy from somewhere. The more correct way would be to use one of Wikipedia's Wikipedia:Syndication pages (eg ATOM, RSS) and work from that - no doubt this would be a significant change for the program however.Adrian.baker 23:01, 4 January 2006 (UTC)

Live Scrolling[edit]

You admitted that the live scrolling is a little buggy (and in my experience it doesn't work when the window is minimized, like when I'm in my browser rolling back. Is there a way to fix this for the next version? — Ilyanep (Talk) 18:14, 17 January 2006 (UTC)

JDK 1.6 Mustang[edit]

Just to let you know... I have just upgraded my JDK to 1.6 Mustang version and VF works just fine. Actually even better than under 1.5 (not to mention 1.4) - I use the "Insert rows into table at top" option and the autoscroll is no longer "jumpy". --Misza13 (Talk) 11:02, 20 January 2006 (UTC)

2 Suggestions[edit]

I've been using this program for about 2 weeks now and it is really helpful. I have 2 suggestions that I think people would find helpful & that wouldn't be too hard to program. First, for people to be able to assign people on your temporary blacklist a different highlight color as the people on your permanant blacklist, and second, for you to be able to double click users listed in your temporary blacklist to get to their contributions page (like you can with users on your permanant black list). These features would be helpful for me, and I think they would be helpful for others as well. Thanks, VegaDark 01:51, 22 January 2006 (UTC)

Here are a couple more things I have come up with that I think would improve this program: First, for you to be able to tag IP addresses as shared (such as AOL). This would be helpful because then I would know that there is a good chance that the person, while still on my blacklist, is making a helpful contribution. If 2 edits by different people on my blacklist come up at the same time, and one of them is tagged as shared, then I would know to deal with the unshared one first as it has a higher probability of being vandalism. Another thing that I think would be helpful is if of the temp blacklist page, if you could highlight them and click a button to move them to your permanant blacklist. Also, it would be nice if we had an option that we could turn on or off that would be "Remove user from temporary blacklist if added to permanant blacklist". This would be a nice feature so you know if you have dealt with people on your temp blacklist or not. Thanks, VegaDark 22:05, 28 January 2006 (UTC)

Technical Problem with CDVF[edit]

Hi - got a bit of a problem with the CDVF. When I open it and connect to start work, the page fills up once, and the program immediately crashes. I have to keep pausing it half way down the page, working on what's come up, clearing it out and releasing pause, to keep it working. If you need to know anything about my machine etc, I am putting up a System Spec on my page, which I will leave a link to. Go here to check it. Otherwise, I am open to suggestions as to what may be causing the issue. Thanks! Thor Malmjursson 15:29, 22 January 2006 (UTC) Talk to me

OpenSource CDVF[edit]

Hi CryptoDerk,

maybe this has already been asked but why don't you opensource this project ? A lot of people (including me) would be glad to help you it this long term project. --Effco 19:14, 23 January 2006 (UTC)

The program is GPL, if you follow the links, you can download the code ( --5ko 20:20, 23 January 2006 (UTC)


I've never installed any Java thing before, what do you actually do with the vf.jar file? I had the same problem when I tried to install the Godmode lite program. --Malthusian (talk) 13:34, 29 January 2006 (UTC)

If you're under Windows, then a properly installed Java should (IIRC) take care of it, so a doubleclick should work. If it doesn't then one can bind java.exe to open .jar files. If we're talking Unix here however, then java -jar vf.jar is the command. --Misza13 (Talk) 17:54, 29 January 2006 (UTC)

issues- unable to run.[edit]

Hi fellas- I'm getting the following error on my fedora core 4 box. I currently have version jre-1_5_0_06 of java installed at /usr/java/ amd the file is in the correct dir.

[root@localhost javashit]# ls vf.jar

[root@localhost javashit]#java -jar vf.jar

Exception in thread "main" java.lang.NullPointerException

  at java.lang.Object.getClass() (/usr/lib/
  at vf.vf() (Unknown Source)
  at vf.main(java.lang.String[]) (Unknown Source)
  at (/usr/lib/
  at (/usr/lib/

Its been years since I've debugged java, and I'm at a loss as to the issue. Any suggestions?

(Opes 22:21, 30 January 2006 (UTC))

libgcj? that's the wrong VM. prefix your $PATH with /usr/java/name_of_the_vm_directory -- &part; 11:29, 12 March 2006 (UTC)

Feature - matching regex for article changes[edit]

Is it easily possible to make the utility search for regex patterns in the actual changes made by the user? Should it load the page from the database to make this check? Omer Enbar 00:36, 31 January 2006 (UTC)


How I can translate the program to Hebrew? Troll Refaim 14:18, 2 February 2006 (UTC)

Request importing[edit]

An "import from file" feature for all lists would be greatly appreciated and extremely useful.

For one example of many, vandal watchers could import a list of recent "difficult" new users, their talk pages, and respond accordingly be it warnings or (more hopefully) advice about how to become a better contributor.

—-- That Guy, From That Show! (talk) 2006-02-11 06:28Z

Help: connection issue![edit]

HI, when I try to connect, it says: "Problem connecting to server". I saw a couple of people ask the same question in the archive, but there was no answer. Help! Running Mac OS X, Firefox

ConDem 02:23, 19 February 2006 (UTC)


Hello! I've gotten someone to work on CDVF and she's even refactored a bunch to make it more maintainable. Can we give this to you as your own tree, or do we fork from here? :-) Kim Bruning 19:48, 19 February 2006 (UTC)

How do I use it?[edit]

Hello, Derk (derkah derkah, my Brother), I have used the VF before and had no trouble, a screen just popped up. But now, it doesn't seem to want to work, and the java file comes as a notepad file and everything else just doesn't work either. So, how do I get it going? Thanks. Эйрон Кинни 03:43, 20 February 2006 (UTC)

You don't click on the .java file (that's the source code). Rather the .jar archive. With a properly installed JRE, java.exe should automatically run it. If it does not, select "Open with...", find and use java.exe. There's also the DOS prompt, where the command is java -jar vf.jar. You can also put the command in a vf.bat file, put it in the same directory as vf.jar and run it instead. Hope that helps! Misza13 (Talk) 13:44, 20 February 2006 (UTC)

Mac OS X issues[edit]

Running this under Mac OS X, it cannot launch a browser unless it is automatically detected. It appears to be unable to launch a browser that you specify. - S. Komae (talk) 20:02, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

mm, how do you enter the browser that you specify? With the complete path?

Henna 20:17, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

I entered /Applications/ - S. Komae (talk) 20:42, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
mm, if that's the full path think i'm out of ideas, I don't have a mac to test things on :(. Henna 21:44, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

Better option?[edit]

Wouldn't it be better to make use of Sourceforge or something and make this more of an open source collabrative project since this has been somewhat stalled for awhile which is a real shame due to the fact that it's a great tool. With a SF system not only could CVS be implemented but we could get some new growth in the coding and get some new versions out with new features. Pegasus1138Talk | Contribs | Email ---- 03:31, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

take a look at user:henna/VF Henna 08:57, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

Please use the new development pages[edit]

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