Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2007-10-01/Technology report

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Bugs, Repairs, and Internal Operational News

By ais523, 1 October, 2007

This is a summary of recent technology and site configuration changes that affect the English Wikipedia. Note that not all changes described here are necessarily live as of press time; the English Wikipedia is currently running version 1.32.0-wmf.12 (eb2e8d4), and changes to the software with a version number higher than that will not yet be active. Configuration changes and changes to interface messages, however, become active immediately.

Fixed bugs

  • A bug which caused the name of the rename log to sometimes fail to load on Special:Log was fixed. (r26105, bug 11446)
  • The API now returns a more useful error message when it couldn't carry out an action due to high database load. (r26140, bug 11404)
  • When a <math> tag encounters an error, it now returns the correct error message rather than always returning the default error message. (r26184, bug 11474)
  • The Cortado player sometimes used by the OggHandler media handler to play audio/video (depending on what software is available on the viewer's computer) has been patched to no longer sometimes cut off the end of the sound. (r26224, bug 11232; note that you may have to bypass your cache to gain the benefit of this fix)
  • There were some problems with watchlists on September 25; this was due to the server that handles watchlists having problems. (The database server that handles watchlist requests was down for a while; it's back up now. --brion 17:25, 25 September 2007)
  • The Search feature now only finds exact word matches, rather than matching a substring of a word, unless a * is used to specify 'any characters go here' (so to find articles containing words ending in the letters 'ing', it's now necessary to search for *ing rather than just ing). (r26271, bug 278)

New features

Other technology news

Ongoing news

  • Internationalisation has been continuing as normal; help is always appreciated! See m:Localization statistics for how complete the translations of languages you know are, and post any updates to bugzilla or use Betawiki.
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