Last modified: 2005-01-11 09:47:09 UTC
I noticed since early january that the foundation website could not be edited
any more. When one tries to edit, there is a bug basically saying
The official website of the Wikimedia Foundation
You probably tried a search or other operation which took too long. Possible
* A search where all words are in quotes. Try searching without the quotes
initially. If that isn't good enough, add a few more words or use a word or two
outside the quotes to indicate the general topic area.
* An exceptionally large personal watchlist (probably over 10,000 items) at
* You may have been unlucky and tried when the database servers were temporarily
exceptionally loaded. When under exceptional load many harmless tasks may be
ended at once to quickly restore normal response times. Try again in five
minutes if you know that what you are doing is normally fine.
The generic error message is:
A database error has occurred. This could be because of an unacceptable search
query (see Searching Wikimedia Foundation), or it may indicate a bug in the
software. The last attempted database query was:
UPDATE cur SET cur_text='',cur_comment='',cur_minor_edit=0,
cur_is_new=0, cur_touched='20050109055749', inverse_timestamp='79949890944250'
WHERE cur_id=460 AND cur_timestamp='20041002223908' from within function
"Article::updateArticle". MySQL returned error "1223: Can't execute the query
because you have a conflicting read lock".
If the error above is 2013 your operation was ended by the database load
manager. Please improve your search or try again at a less busy time. Sorry for
Hope it is not too long :-)
The same thing happens on the grants wiki at http://grants.wikimedia.org/
Looks like Jamesday forgot to update the 1.3 wiki configuration, so the
remaining few were stuck trying to write to the old database, now locked.
Have fixed up the config and it seems to work now.