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A disappointment[edit]

There is a top box on this page, titled "Report all things on Phabricator!". Then saying "All new reports should be reported there". The link is to: [1]. (The phabricator logon page). When I login with my wiki name DePiep, it fails. On top of this: why should I login on a non-wiki site with my wiki-id??? -DePiep (talk) 21:43, 20 July 2015 (UTC)

It is a(Wikimedia Foundation) wiki-page. Just press the MediaWIki-button (the yellow with the flower) "login with MediaWiki-account" to Authorize it. (tJosve05a (c) 23:36, 20 July 2015 (UTC)

DePiep Check Phabricator. -- Magioladitis (talk) 05:35, 21 July 2015 (UTC)

probably erroneous correction[edit]

  • Dunno if this qualifies as a bug, but on Wichita Linebacker AWB wants to change "John Enbom" to "John Embom"• Lingzhi(talk) 02:36, 22 July 2015 (UTC)
    • plus didn't catch charcaters --> characters on [[Final Fantasy]. • Lingzhi(talk) 02:54, 22 July 2015 (UTC)
@Lingzhi: The first issue doesn't qualify as a bug - it's an issue with the typo rules that AWB uses, which I have now fixed.
For the second issue, the rules don't catch every single typo. Since Final Fantasy is the only article that contains "charcaters", it doesn't warrant a new rule, so I just fixed the typo manually.
In the future, please drop a note at Wikipedia talk:AutoWikiBrowser/Typos to discuss changes to the typo rules. Thanks, and happy editing! GoingBatty (talk) 03:12, 22 July 2015 (UTC)


Don't works on be-tarask.wikipedia.org[edit]

Because be-x-old.wikipedia.org now is be-tarask.wikipedia.org.--Liashko (talk) 19:51, 25 October 2015 (UTC)

@Liashko: Confirmed. Trying to login to be-x-oldwiki gives an error. Reported to Phabricator. --Meno25 (talk) 14:24, 26 October 2015 (UTC)

Incompatibility with Norton Internet Security[edit]

I have Norton Internet Security installed on my computer. When I installed AWB, Norton flagged most of the files as being a threat and deleted them. I was able to get around this by temporarily disabling Norton, but when I switched the computer back on this morning it went and deleted the files again. This essentially makes use of AWB impractical. Obviously something in those files is causing a false-positive (or maybe they really are infected). Can this be investigated and fixed please? Bazonka (talk) 07:54, 30 October 2015 (UTC)

Bazonka since this is a Norton Internet Security problem why not ask them to fix it? -- Magioladitis (talk) 08:00, 30 October 2015 (UTC)
It might not be a Norton error. As far as I know, AWB could be genuinely buggy. It's certainly causing Norton to react in a way that doesn't happen with any other software I run. Bazonka (talk) 08:07, 30 October 2015 (UTC)
Bazonka we still have to ask them what they think the threat is. -- Magioladitis (talk) 08:22, 30 October 2015 (UTC)
I'll try again this evening and let you know the exact error messages. Has anyone else experienced this? Bazonka (talk) 08:43, 30 October 2015 (UTC)
Bazonka Yes. It has been reported it again in the past. -- Magioladitis (talk) 08:57, 30 October 2015 (UTC)
I've tried it again and Norton descibes AWB as being an "Insight Network Threat" and that "There are many indications that this file is untrustworthy and therefore not safe". Reading further into it, this essentially means that it has too few users from the Symantec community to be able to get a decent reputation score. To resolve this, the developers need to submit it to the White-Listing program. See [2]. I suggest that this is done. Regards, Bazonka (talk) 17:21, 30 October 2015 (UTC)
After finding a link that actually would let me submit a report, I have done so. You may wish to make a report to them yourselves, as a user at [3] actually providing version information. Reedy (talk) 12:58, 31 October 2015 (UTC)

I've just had exactly this problem. After a long online chat with tbeir service centre I didn't really get any more information than above. I have also submitted a false positive and allegedly they are going to reply within two working days. It may help if the developers contact them directly. I suspect that part of the problem may be the rapid rate at which the software is updated. Norton are treating it as a new item each time. SpinningSpark 19:21, 12 December 2016 (UTC)

If the developers add a digital signature to AWB it may help. I long time go I created a request on Phabricator to do this. --Racklever (talk) 19:35, 12 December 2016 (UTC)
I've just opened a bug report on Phabricator. If you can find your original request, it may help if you crosslink to it on the new bug report. SpinningSpark 19:41, 12 December 2016 (UTC)
Ah, found it myself Bug T105995 which has been merged with Bug T105972. SpinningSpark 19:47, 12 December 2016 (UTC)
I'm reluctant to just spend money on code signing certificates on a whim; they've not said this is the problem, though it's more of an issue with Windows 10. It's stupid free software has to pay money for this. I'd personally suggest vote with your feet, and not use "security" software with such questionable histories, poor support who won't tell you what's going on. I've contacted them before, and got little (useful) response back. Reedy (talk) 19:52, 12 December 2016 (UTC)
I'm not surprised you didn't get anywhere if you showed the same attitude that you showed to me in your responses at T152997. I did the work of contacting Norton, got a very helpful response, requested and obtained putting AWB on their whitelist, and provided you with a link where you could get future releases pre-approved for free. But even that is too much effort for you apparently. I give up, AWB is a basket case.
Norton's advice to software vendors is largely about digital signing. This is far more than a whim. Digital certificates are an industry wide standard and pretty universally recognised as good practice. If, in addition, you have a security software vendor telling you that lack of them is likely the cause of your problems then you should probably be doing it. Seems to me there is a good case there for a grant from the Foundation. Procrastinating about it is definitely not going to get you anywhere. SpinningSpark 16:17, 21 December 2016 (UTC)
Despite the issue here, keep it constructive, please. AWB is not a basket case. It has proven useful for a wide variety of helpful purposes. Happy holidays. Stevie is the man! TalkWork 17:06, 21 December 2016 (UTC)
Well I was referring more to the attitude of some of the devs than the software itself. I appreciate it is useful, that's why I use it. And excuse me, was fixing the problem with Norton not being constructive on my part? SpinningSpark 18:06, 21 December 2016 (UTC)
I was referring to the "basket case" remark. All constructive efforts are welcome. Maybe it's because I'm a former dev myself that I understand to an extent why they would prioritize things the way they do. I can see this issue as not being as important as others because a user can whitelist their app, like I have done with Avast. Ultimately a fix for this issue would be a wise course. In the meantime, it's not entirely devastating. Happy holidays - and I mean it. :) Stevie is the man! TalkWork 21:38, 21 December 2016 (UTC)

Incorrect error correcting[edit]

Resolved

See: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Albanian_migration&diff=prev&oldid=688332825 Ottawahitech (talk) 14:19, 31 October 2015 (UTC)

Ottawahitech It was not done by AWB. AWB treats this right. -- Magioladitis (talk) 15:43, 31 October 2015 (UTC)
That may all be true, but on the bot's page, it says it runs AWB. I guess the user who runs it should be asked if they always use AWB for their edits. Stevie is the man! TalkWork 16:08, 31 October 2015 (UTC)
Stevietheman there is an exception of 3 errors that BG19bot does by using a different script which is (supposed to be) better than AWB. I already contacted Bgwhite. Ottawahitech did too. -- Magioladitis (talk) 17:13, 31 October 2015 (UTC)

@Ottawahitech and Stevietheman:

  1. The edit summary does not say AWB, so AWB didn't do it.
  2. User:BG19bot says at the bottom that this job runs with a python script. The page says, This user account is a bot that uses AutoWikiBrowser,... It does not say ONLY uses.
  3. The messed up section header was added by Ottawahitech on the edit before the bot's edit. This was detected by CheckWiki, which is how the bot was run on the article.
  4. Bot was not incorrect error correcting. No heading starts with just one "=" per WP:BADHEAD. This is an accessibility issue as the edit summary states. The bot correctly fixed this. The bot still left the section heading unbalanced.
  5. The section heading had two problems before the bot arrived and left the page with one problem.

Bgwhite (talk) 00:15, 1 November 2015 (UTC)

OperationFailedException in ApiEdit.CheckForErrors[edit]

    • description**:
    • workaround**:

Exception: `OperationFailedException`
Message: `Operation 'login' ended with result 'NeedToken'. Xml: '<?xml version="1.0"?><api><warnings><login xml:space="preserve">Fetching a token via action=login is deprecated. Use action=query&meta=tokens&type=login instead.</login></warnings><login result="NeedToken" token="3103ebc665bde27479bc20476f81ddd556be770b+\" cookieprefix="enwiki" sessionid="n0k74h27cvjpc0d18rf6v6dagmlg0381" /></api>'`
Call stack:
   at WikiFunctions.API.ApiEdit.CheckForErrors(String xml, String action)
   at WikiFunctions.API.ApiEdit.Login(String username, String password, String domain)
   at WikiFunctions.Profiles.AWBProfilesForm.PerformLogin(String username, String password)
    • OS**: Microsoft Windows NT 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1
    • version**: AutoWikiBrowser (5.7.0.0), WikiFunctions (5.7.0.0), revision 11328 (2015-07-14 19:56:59)
    • net**: 2.0.50727.5485
    • duplicate**:
    • site**: https://en.wikipedia.org — Preceding unsigned comment added by BD2412 (talkcontribs)
@BD2412: You need to upgrade to version 5.8.5.1 -- John of Reading (talk) 15:32, 14 February 2016 (UTC)
  • Done and working, thanks! bd2412 T 16:02, 14 February 2016 (UTC)

login problem[edit]

I can't login, but get this error message:

    • description**:
    • workaround**:

Exception: `OperationFailedException`
Message: `Operation 'login' ended with result 'NeedToken'. Xml: '<?xml version="1.0"?><api><warnings><login xml:space="preserve">Fetching a token via action=login is deprecated. Use action=query&meta=tokens&type=login instead.</login></warnings><login result="NeedToken" token="a50e910dcabe26ebe94db16d3d598b8056c194ec+\" cookieprefix="dawiki" sessionid="jn4hkh9s01dauq38oc4p0iep0v31ijkl" /></api>'`
Call stack:
   vid WikiFunctions.API.ApiEdit.CheckForErrors(String xml, String action)
   vid WikiFunctions.API.ApiEdit.Login(String username, String password, String domain)
   vid WikiFunctions.Profiles.AWBProfilesForm.PerformLogin(String username, String password)
    • OS**: Microsoft Windows NT 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1
    • version**: AutoWikiBrowser (5.8.0.0), WikiFunctions (5.8.0.0), revision 11694 (2015-10-01 06:30:11)
    • net**: 2.0.50727.5485
    • duplicate**:
    • site**: https://da.wikipedia.org

Dan Koehl (talk) 09:09, 15 February 2016 (UTC)

Dan Koehl WMF changed the way to externally login. Download the latest version of AWB (5.8.5.1). This should work. Bgwhite (talk) 09:18, 15 February 2016 (UTC)

Thanks Bgwhite, I did, now working without problem Dan Koehl (talk) 07:02, 16 February 2016 (UTC)

AWB admins: Under what conditions should users receive a message saying that their AWB version is out of date and that they should download the newest stable version? Thanks! GoingBatty (talk) 22:52, 15 February 2016 (UTC)
GoingBatty, per Wikipedia:AutoWikiBrowser/CheckPage/Version, 5.8.5.1 and SVN are the only two versions currently allowed. I suspect people aren't told to update till after they log in. Compiling one's own AWB does cause "issues" in knowing what the "little" people need to update. Bgwhite (talk) 05:20, 16 February 2016 (UTC)
At 6 feet 4 inches (193 cm) I'm not often referred to as a "little" person. Face-smile.svg -- John of Reading (talk) 06:58, 16 February 2016 (UTC)
Based on the two issues posted on this page, it seems like there would be an advantage to being told to update before logging in. Is there an advantage to logging in first before checking if an update is needed? Thanks! GoingBatty (talk) 12:57, 16 February 2016 (UTC)

Can not compile SVN[edit]

After switching computers (and OS; downgraded back to W7) I'm no longer able to compile SVN, keep getting a bunch of VisualStudio/MicrosoftLib-errors...(tJosve05a (c) 07:44, 16 February 2016 (UTC)
Josve05a Are you now one of the "little" people? Have you seen Wikipedia talk:AutoWikiBrowser/Technical#Success!? Bgwhite (talk) 08:03, 16 February 2016 (UTC)
Bgwhite I am. 18 year old, finally, but still a "little" person. I did see that, and that was how I had to do on my old ocmputer (with some more tweaks for some reason), but it isn't working...(tJosve05a (c) 08:21, 16 February 2016 (UTC)
Josve05a I always forget and keep thinking you are older. I did hear Sweden issued a national emergency after a birthday party got out of hand. Now I know whose party it was. GoingBatty would be the best person to ask. It's been too long ago for me to remember...
However, download [4] and [5]. This is AWB I compiled. Might help to see what library/file is missing. Bgwhite (talk) 08:40, 16 February 2016 (UTC)

ZipException in ZipFile.ReadEntries[edit]

Status Nuvola apps important.svg New
Description Thread:
Exception: ZipException
Message: Cannot find central directory
Call stack:
   at ICSharpCode.SharpZipLib.Zip.ZipFile.ReadEntries()
   at ICSharpCode.SharpZipLib.Zip.ZipFile..ctor(String name)
   at ICSharpCode.SharpZipLib.Zip.FastZip.ExtractZip(String zipFileName, String targetDirectory, Overwrite overwrite, ConfirmOverwriteDelegate confirmDelegate, String fileFilter, String directoryFilter, Boolean restoreDateTime)
   at AwbUpdater.Updater.Extract(String file)

EvergreenFir (talk) Please {{re}} 00:07, 17 February 2016 (UTC)

To duplicate: Unknown
Operating system Microsoft Windows NT 6.2.9200.0
.NET FW Version 2.0.50727.8009
AWB version AWBUpdater (2.0.1.0), AWBUpdater (2.0.1.0)
Workaround
Fixed in version


EvergreenFir You need to report this in Phabricator. See the first box at the top of the page. You also need to give what version of AWB you are using (Help -> about). Bgwhite (talk) 00:53, 17 February 2016 (UTC)
@Bgwhite: Thanks. Didn't see that. Just went to link provided by the AWB popup. Will report there. EvergreenFir (talk) Please {{re}} 02:20, 17 February 2016 (UTC)
EvergreenFir No problem. It is relatively new and easy to skim by the boxes. Bgwhite (talk) 05:39, 17 February 2016 (UTC)

unable to report errors on Phabricator[edit]

I tried to report a bug on Phabricator. I tried to login with my usual account as stated above. It rejected me saying I cannot have spaces in my username. How do we use our usual accounts if we have a space in our username? Surely the policy on usernames has to be consistent! Kerry (talk) 00:37, 20 February 2016 (UTC)

@Kerry Raymond: Are you trying to log in using the fields marked "LDAP Username" and "LDAP Password", or the button marked "Login or register / MediaWiki"? I have spaces in my user name and have successfully logged in using the MediaWiki button. -- John of Reading (talk) 07:03, 20 February 2016 (UTC)
Using the MediaWiki option. Kerry (talk) 00:32, 22 February 2016 (UTC)

Unable to Start - continually asks for new version of AWB[edit]

Suddenly a couple of days ago, AWB stopped working. I can build a list, then when I try to Start I select the logon and after a few seconds it gives me the following message:

"This version of AWB is not enables, please download the newest version. If you have the newest version, check that Wikipedia is online.
Please press "Yes" to run the AutoUpdater, ..."

So I press Yes and it updates. Then I start AWB again, and the same happens again. And again. I can't see another report of this, so maybe it's something strange about my configuration (Windows 8.1, Google Chrome Version 49.0.2623.112 m, AWB Version 5.8.5.1). --Gronk Oz (talk) 10:25, 21 April 2016 (UTC)

Similarly, I tried to update AWB a few days ago, and it ran through the process, but it didn't actually update to 5.8.6.0. I'm on Windows 10. Stevie is the man! TalkWork 11:15, 21 April 2016 (UTC)
Same problem here. The solution (see phabricator tickets on the right) is to manually update for this update and at least the next one.   ~ Tom.Reding (talkdgaf)  12:13, 21 April 2016 (UTC)
YesYThat worked - thanks! I downloaded the latest zip file, and copied the AWBUpdater file out of there into the normal directory. Then I ran that AWBUpdater, and it all worked smoothly this time. Thanks for the help.--Gronk Oz (talk) 00:16, 22 April 2016 (UTC)

niger capitalization[edit]

Resolved

Please stop capitalizing the word "niger" when it is being used as the Latin species name of a black animal. Thank you. —Arctic Gnome (talkcontribs) 15:08, 22 April 2016 (UTC)

Not the place to discuss Typo fixing. -- Magioladitis (talk) 13:29, 14 August 2016 (UTC)

Need token[edit]

Resolved
Status Yes check.svg Fixed in the next release
Description
Exception: OperationFailedException
Message: Operation 'login' ended with result 'NeedToken'. Xml: '<?xml version="1.0"?><api><warnings><login xml:space="preserve">Fetching a token via action=login is deprecated. Use action=query&meta=tokens&type=login instead.</login></warnings><login result="NeedToken" token="3ab46ff74656d6176c7c150d4f1b37a7572d185e+\" cookieprefix="enwiki" sessionid="4sonvbqq0hl03r8iqj6ukumcmegna7b3" /></api>'
Call stack:
   at WikiFunctions.API.ApiEdit.CheckForErrors(String xml, String action)
   at WikiFunctions.API.ApiEdit.Login(String username, String password, String domain)
   at WikiFunctions.Profiles.AWBProfilesForm.PerformLogin(String username, String password)

WikiFunctions.API.OperationFailedException: Operation 'login' ended with result 'NeedToken'. Xml: '<?xml version="1.0"?><api><warnings><login xml:space="preserve">Fetching a token via action=login is deprecated. Use action=query&meta=tokens&type=login instead.</login></warnings><login result="NeedToken" token="3ab46ff74656d6176c7c150d4f1b37a7572d185e+\" cookieprefix="enwiki" sessionid="4sonvbqq0hl03r8iqj6ukumcmegna7b3" /></api>'

  at WikiFunctions.API.ApiEdit.CheckForErrors(String xml, String action)
  at WikiFunctions.API.ApiEdit.Login(String username, String password, String domain)
  at WikiFunctions.Profiles.AWBProfilesForm.PerformLogin(String username, String password)

A1 (talk) 22:19, 6 May 2016 (UTC)

To duplicate: Unknown
Site URL: https://en.wikipedia.org
Operating system Microsoft Windows NT 6.1.7600.0
.NET FW Version 2.0.50727.4927
AWB version AutoWikiBrowser (5.5.1.3), WikiFunctions (5.5.1.3), revision 9470 (2013-09-08 19:11:52)
Workaround
Fixed in version


@A1: You need to update, but you'll need to do it manually since there's been a hitch with the updater. Go to sourceforge to download 5.8.6.0 and then unzip it. -- John of Reading (talk) 05:46, 7 May 2016 (UTC)

Page blanking[edit]

I have had a few occurrences today.

  1. The "nothing to save, blank page" message comes up.
  2. The diff shows the correct "before" and a blank "after".
  3. Hitting "start" generates the correct "after".

All the best: Rich Farmbrough, 13:08, 14 August 2016 (UTC).

Rich was this on manual or bot mode? Check if the problem occurs from your custom settings. -- Magioladitis (talk) 13:28, 14 August 2016 (UTC)

Manual. I'm not sure what you mean by "Check if the problem occurs from your custom settings." - the problem is not reproducible. The second time you try, the page is correctly handled, with the identical settings. All the best: Rich Farmbrough, 19:38, 14 August 2016 (UTC).

Shows box instead of Bengali fonts[edit]

Hi, I have installed AWB in Ubuntu using Wine to work in Bengali Wikipedia and Wikisource. Everything is working fine except only boxes are shown instead of Bengali fonts. -- Bodhisattwa (talk) 14:29, 7 September 2016 (UTC)

Norton Internet Security[edit]

Thank you for the wonderful program.

When we use AWB with Norton Internet Security, the security soft doesn't allow us to use AWB. There are error messages:

  • autowikibrowser.exe - SONAR.Heuristic.152
  • awbupdater.exe - WS.Reputation.1
  • wikifunctions.dll - WS.Reputation.1

Thanks, and sorry for my poor English. --113.151.59.180 (talk) 06:40, 2 October 2016 (UTC)

AWB won't start, and Phabricator won't let me sign on[edit]

I understand this is not the preferred place to report a bug, but Phabricator says that both my user name and password are invalid.

My problem is that after updating AWB to the latest version a few minutes ago (as Adminsitrator), AWB will no longer start. If gives the following error message:

Access to the path 'C:\Program Files\AWB\AWBUpdater.exe' is denied.
**description**:
**workaround**:
--------------------------
<table><tr><th>Exception:</th><td>`UnauthorizedAccessException`</td></tr>
<tr><th>Message:</th><td>`Access to the path 'C:\Program Files\AWB\AWBUpdater.exe' is denied.`</td></tr>
<tr><th>Call stack:</th><td><pre> at System.IO.__Error.WinIOError(Int32 errorCode, String maybeFullPath)
   at System.IO.File.InternalCopy(String sourceFileName, String destFileName, Boolean overwrite)
   at WikiFunctions.Updater.UpdateUpdaterFile()
   at AutoWikiBrowser.MainForm..ctor()
   at AutoWikiBrowser.Program.Main(String[] args)</pre></td></tr>
</table>
**OS**: Microsoft Windows NT 6.2.9200.0
**version**: AutoWikiBrowser (5.8.8.0), WikiFunctions (5.8.8.0), revision 12098 (2016-10-20 14:02:03)
**net**: 2.0.50727.8745
**duplicate**:
**site**: https://en.wikipedia.org

I checked the Security properties for AWBUpdater.exe, and all users have Read and Execute permission. Any hints where it might be going wrong? --Gronk Oz (talk) 12:13, 1 November 2016 (UTC)

Update: I tried restarting the PC and running AWBUpdate again, in case it could clean up whatever the problem is. But it won't run either - If gives the following error message:

Problem replacing file:
  Could not find file
'C:\LOCALA~1\Appdata\Local|Temp|$AWB$Updater$Temp$\AWBUpdater.exe'.
Please close all applications that may use it and press 'Retry' to try again or 'Cancel' to cancel the upgrade.

There were no other programs open, so nothing else was using the file.--Gronk Oz (talk) 12:46, 1 November 2016 (UTC)
If you upgraded as an administrator then try to run as another regular user you've probably got your file permissions in a conflicted state. As the simplest way forward I suggest you download the latest AWB zip manually from sourceforge, unzip that to a new folder as the Windows user you will run AWB as, then run AutoWikiBrowser.exe from there, don't run the updater. If that all works you could manually copy over any plugins used from the old installation. I'm assuming you're running on your own machine rather than a work one that has restricted access. Rjwilmsi 18:17, 1 November 2016 (UTC)
YesY That did it! I downloaded the zip file, extracted all the files with the user I use to run AWB, and now it works fine. I don't know what went wrong; perhaps I'm just too stupid to live in the 21st century, but with the help of fine people like you I still manage to get by - thanks! --Gronk Oz (talk) 02:01, 2 November 2016 (UTC)

Not working[edit]

AWB not working anymore, it shows this error: http://i.imgur.com/fgrJd1b.png 177.190.72.4 (talk) 21:41, 5 November 2016 (UTC)

Are you trying to connect to Wikia? I am getting the same issue. Minomelo (talk) 15:58, 6 November 2016 (UTC)

I'm receiving the same error message on another custom project. Our site has just been upgraded to MW 1.27.1 if that makes a difference. I'm using project: "custom" from the dropdown menu, followed by "https": "wiki.guildwars2.com/" (to get it to target https://wiki.guildwars2.com/api.php). I think these settings should work. Another of our users also reports the same issue. -Chieftain Alex 21:44, 2 December 2016 (UTC)
Just a follow up FYI, we've found that our namespaces were configured incorrectly due to an extension, in this case Semantic Mediawiki 2.4.1 (we're about to patch up to 2.4.3) - the PHP error generated by the namespace problem appeared in the logs as "Notice: Undefined offset: [104|105] in ...\ApiQuerySiteinfo.php", which unsurprisingly breaks AWB because its searching for a namespace (in this case "104", Type) that hasn't been setup properly. One of our users posted a possible solution on phabricator. ref. -Chieftain Alex 00:46, 6 December 2016 (UTC)

Alternate logon to AWB[edit]

Resolved

My normal logon for username hmains still works fine, but since a few days ago my logon to hmainsbot1 fails with a popup saying 'logon failed Aborted'. I have not changed anything. This failed before and after I upgraded to AWB v. 8.8.8. The hmainsbot1 itself seems to be ok and I have not received any messages about it. What to do? Hmains (talk) 04:18, 7 November 2016 (UTC)

Hmains you need to change your password to have 8 or more characters. New API restrictions. -- Magioladitis (talk) 06:56, 7 November 2016 (UTC)

  • OK done; still fails. Are there other restrictions than just 8 characters? Using 6 A/N 2 N Hmains (talk) 03:28, 8 November 2016 (UTC)
    I have no inside knowledge of AWB but standard procedure would be to log off your Wikipedia account (Hmains would click "log out"). Wait a few seconds. Log on to Wikipedia as normal. Caution: you do not have email enabled, so there is no way to recover if you have somehow set a password that you cannot enter to what the system expects. After confirming you can log off/on as a user, start AWB. If AWB says you are logged in, use AWB File, Logout. Then use AWB to log in using the new password that worked for the Wikipedia account (not an old password that AWB may have remembered). Johnuniq (talk) 04:55, 8 November 2016 (UTC)
    Sorry, I did figure it out and thought I had updated this location. I had not. All is well again. Hmains (talk) 04:58, 8 November 2016 (UTC)
I had the same issue - "Logon Failed"/"Aborted". After trying hard with no success, I gave up on using AWB for many months before stumbling on to this page. Can someone change the message? It is driving away users (two examples here.)
Thanks.
अभय नातू (talk) 17:59, 3 July 2017 (UTC)
admin, 'crat - w:mr

AutoWikiBrowser has stopped working[edit]

I get the message AutoWikiBrowser has stopped working when I try to run it, Release 5880. --Dthomsen8 (talk) 15:50, 21 December 2016 (UTC)

@Dthomsen8: I just did a quick run and it appears to be working. Maybe some kind of temporary glitch in the API was afoot earlier? Stevie is the man! TalkWork 17:21, 21 December 2016 (UTC)
I've been getting this message in a dialog box that appears for a second or two and suddenly closes every time I've tried to run it in Windows 8.1 for the past year or so. It still happens with the current release version (i.e., release 5900). Doesn't matter what directory I run it in, C:\ or otherwise. I have every feature in the the .NET framework 3.5 and ".NET framework 4.5 advanced services" enabled at the moment, although I've tried it with only the 3.5 features enabled and it still fails to run. I really have no clue what the problem is or how to work around it. The browser version of AWB unfortunately has much less functionality than the application, so I rarely use it.
This is a cropped image of my desktop with the AWB directory and the dialog box that I keep seeing when I try to run AWB. If anyone has any clue about how to fix this issue, I'd appreciate the help because I'd really like to use AWB again. Face-sad.svg Seppi333 (Insert ) 00:47, 10 July 2017 (UTC)

Possible ID 10T error[edit]

I used to be able to use the "In Template Rule" to replace parameters and/or text within nested params (e.g. {{B}} is inside of {{A}}, and I need to change something in {{B}}). However, recently I can only affect the top-level template (e.g. I can edit stuff in A but not B). Is this something implemented in the most recent version, or am I doing something stupid? Primefac (talk) 19:07, 26 December 2016 (UTC)

Categories being skipped[edit]

I am processing a list categories to make some changes in the content. But some categories just get skipped and I must go manually edit them. The common feature of these categories is that the first line is a blank line. Is this a bug in the latest AWB? Hmains (talk) 06:12, 26 January 2017 (UTC)

Hmains example? -- Magioladitis (talk) 08:45, 26 January 2017 (UTC)

Category:Road transport in India was skipped when processing a list of categories. I then manually changed it. Category:Road transport in Vietnam is an example that was correctly handled by the AWB process I was using. Hmains (talk) 03:42, 27 January 2017 (UTC)

Magioladitis any news? Hmains (talk) 03:40, 4 February 2017 (UTC)

  • Magioladitis I find that AWB is skipping many more categories, like any category with a first line other than Category:foo. This makes AWB of very limited use in editing categories. Hmains (talk) 02:08, 10 February 2017 (UTC)

Hmains Apologies for the delay. I am busy IRL. I 'll try to check this tonight. -- Magioladitis (talk) 07:06, 10 February 2017 (UTC)

Hmains can you please post your settings or send them to me by email? do you want ot make changes in the pages that are contained in the category or change the content of category itself? -- Magioladitis (talk) 09:49, 26 February 2017 (UTC)

Magioladitis please specify what settings you mean and how to capture and send them. And this is a about categories within a list of categories being skipped. Thanks Hmains (talk) 17:08, 26 February 2017 (UTC)

Hmains Just save the settings file you use so I can see if you have an skip conditions activated, what is the input in the source field, etc. You should save them in xlm file. -- Magioladitis (talk) 17:10, 26 February 2017 (UTC)

Magioladitis Ok; I have the XML file. I am not set up to use WP email. So next? Hmains (talk) 17:34, 26 February 2017 (UTC)

Hmains Post it in your sandbox or in a subpage so I can copy it. -- Magioladitis (talk) 17:37, 26 February 2017 (UTC)

Magioladitis Ok; done at User:Hmains/sandbox Hmains (talk) 17:45, 26 February 2017 (UTC)

Hmains If I am correct, some pages are categorised via templates instead of categories and AWB can't recognise them to rename them. The first page uses {{Stub Category}}. This is one of the reason I don't like categories generated by templates. You'll have to use a custom module that changes the value of a template parameter. -- Magioladitis (talk) 17:54, 26 February 2017 (UTC)

Magioladitis my example above of Category:Road transport in India being skipped read as follows before I manually changed it: {{cat main|Indian road network}} {{Commons cat|Road transport in India}} [[Category:Road transport by country|India]] [[Category:Transport in India]] [[Category:Road transport in Asia|India]] Nothing seems to be unusual here Hmains (talk) 17:59, 26 February 2017 (UTC)

Hmains You are right. It's a bug. Let's see if we can fix it. -- Magioladitis (talk) 18:08, 26 February 2017 (UTC)

Magioladitis Category:Road transport in India is only one illustration of categories being skipped. I did not capture others, however; I just work around the problems. Hmains (talk) 18:14, 26 February 2017 (UTC)

Magioladitis when might this be fixed? Hmains (talk) 04:08, 25 April 2017 (UTC)

rev 12155 Fixed. In the meantime you can turn off the "only genfixes" skip check and perhaps enable "only whitespace changed" instead. Rjwilmsi 08:39, 25 April 2017 (UTC)
Yes, but any idea when rev 12155 will be in a AWB version for our use? Thanks Hmains (talk) 20:08, 9 June 2017 (UTC)

AVG[edit]

So, AVG decided that AWB was a virus, and closed and deleted the program while I was in the middle of going through a list of 7,800+ articles. This probably isn't normal. Alex|The|Whovian? 04:19, 6 February 2017 (UTC)

@AlexTheWhovian: I have had to whitelist the app's executable for Avast. I assume this would work for AVG as well. Stevie is the man! TalkWork 13:45, 15 February 2017 (UTC)

Dot after template:citation needed[edit]

I could not report this at the new bug site because I can not log into the site using my Wikipedia user name and password :-). However I am not sure if a mistake in the AWB script counts as a bug. So I will report it here and let other decide. AWB finds dots after a {{citation needed}} template and removes the dot by default, but unlike with an in-line citation it does not put a dot before the citation needed.

The latest article I have come across where this occures is in the article Incest there is a dot after a {{citation needed}}: "and they are usually stripped of their last name[citation needed]."

-- PBS (talk) 08:14, 18 April 2017 (UTC)

AWB genfixes don't change that text for me. What AWB version do you have, do you have any custom find&replace rules etc.? Rjwilmsi 10:37, 18 April 2017 (UTC)
Thanks for the check. Whoops! My mistake. I had added a rule to deal with about 350 articles where the long citations used {{citation}} and for reasons only known to the editor who altered the articles to use {{citation}} appended a dot at the end of the long citation. I had assumed (wrongly)—not noticing the similarity regular expression pattern matching that {{citation}} and {{citaiton needed}} are actually quite similar—that this was a standard rule. As over the last couple of months I have seen about half a dozen cases of
This is a fantastical sentence[citation needed].
it would be a useful standard rule to introduce (along the lines of a ref tag pair before punctuation), however I'll leave that idea for other to follow up.
-- PBS (talk) 20:09, 29 April 2017 (UTC)

Possible Bug[edit]

Hello

I try to add only the orphan banner, checking manualy a category of pages. AWB works fine with finding if the page is orphan or not. But when i use the "Pre-parse mode", every pages are falsly detected and highlighted in green. Is there something to do ? --Archimëa (talk) 09:47, 14 May 2017 (UTC)

Nobody can answer me about this ? --Archimëa (talk) 12:50, 20 May 2017 (UTC)
Possible there aren't many people watching this page. I know Magioladitis works with AWB, so I'll ping them and see. Primefac (talk) 13:00, 20 May 2017 (UTC)

Archimëa Please disactivate "General fixes" then and/or add "skip if not tag added". -- Magioladitis (talk) 13:34, 20 May 2017 (UTC)

Hello. Ok, I try this. Thanks for answering. --Archimëa (talk) 14:50, 20 May 2017 (UTC)
Everything is OK, I manage to do what i want. Regards. --Archimëa (talk) 14:19, 21 May 2017 (UTC)

Possible conflict with two-step verification[edit]

I'm not sure this is a proper bug, so I'm trying here, before opening a task on Phabricator: I have a problem in logging in to AWB with my main account since I've enabled the two-step verification (I'm admin on both it.wp and Wikidata). It doesn't just let me log in, it just gives me "aborted" as a message and that's it. I can log in as a bot though.

I've tried disabling the two-step verification, and it lets me log in without any problem, so I guess this is the problem. How can I fix it? Is there any suggestion or do I have to report this bug? --Sannita - not just another it.wiki sysop 11:49, 18 June 2017 (UTC)

@Sannita: I don't use 2FA, so I can't give detailed help, but have you followed the steps at Wikipedia:Using AWB with 2FA? -- John of Reading (talk) 11:56, 18 June 2017 (UTC)
@John of Reading: Of course I wasn't aware of this page, but I knew there was a help page. Thank you very much for helping me find it, hope it'll work. :) --Sannita - not just another it.wiki sysop 13:40, 18 June 2017 (UTC)

Possible bug in AWB gen fix for date format[edit]

The bot owner reports that this erroneous edit was performed because of AWB's general fixes. Please fix AWB so that it does not make edits that break wikilinks. Thanks. – Jonesey95 (talk) 16:42, 8 July 2017 (UTC)

rev 12160 Rjwilmsi 18:05, 8 July 2017 (UTC)