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Bug 4240 - Installation stalls after "Initialising "MediaWiki" namespace..."
Installation stalls after "Initialising "MediaWiki" namespace..."
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
Installer (Other open bugs)
PC Windows XP
: Normal normal (vote)
: ---
Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
Depends on:
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Reported: 2005-12-10 05:32 UTC by Conal Charles
Modified: 2010-05-15 15:37 UTC (History)
0 users

See Also:
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Mobile Platform: ---
Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


Description Conal Charles 2005-12-10 05:32:25 UTC
The installation seems to stall after it says initializing Media namespace
No LocalSettings.php file was created in the config folder.

What do I do now ?

MediaWiki 1.5.3 installation
Please include all of the lines below when reporting installation problems.

Checking environment...
PHP 4.3.4: ok 
Warning: PHP's register_globals option is enabled. MediaWiki will work correctly, but 
this setting increases your exposure to potential security vulnerabilities in PHP-
based software running on your server. You should disable it if you are able. 
PHP server API is cgi; using ugly URLs (index.php?title=Page_Title) 
Have XML / Latin1-UTF-8 conversion support. 
PHP is configured with no memory_limit. 
Have zlib support; enabling output compression. 
Neither Turck MMCache nor eAccelerator are installed, can't use object caching 
Found GNU diff3: /usr/bin/diff3.
Found ImageMagick: /usr/bin/convert; image thumbnailing will be enabled if you enable 
Found GD graphics library built-in. 
Installation directory: /home/www/ 
Script URI path: /mediawiki 
PHP is linked with old MySQL client libraries. If you are using a MySQL 4.1 server 
and have problems connecting to the database, see for help. 
Trying to connect to MySQL on as root... 
MySQL error 1045: Access denied for user: '' (Using password: 
Trying regular user... ok. 
Connected to 4.0.24_Debian-10; enabling MySQL 4 enhancements 
Database concha78_data exists 
Creating tables... using MySQL 3/4 table defs... done. 
Initializing data...
Created sysop account WikiSysop. 
Initialising "MediaWiki" namespace...
Comment 1 Brion Vibber 2005-12-11 02:30:19 UTC
Did you wait for it to finish, or did you cancel it?
Comment 2 Conal Charles 2005-12-11 03:08:10 UTC
The webpage had completely loaded so I waited for ten seconds and then closed the 
window. Are you saying that I should wait and that it will somehow reload the page 
with new information ?
Comment 3 Brion Vibber 2005-12-11 03:16:00 UTC
Sounds like the script was cut off, then.
Check PHP's maximum execution time limit. Check PHP's error logs.
Comment 4 Conal Charles 2005-12-11 03:20:09 UTC
I'm running it off a free host who won't give me that kind of information. I have 
installed several open source packages before but never really had a problem. 
Mediawiki seems to be lacking sufficient install documentation.

Given that I can't change the above, is there anything else you can suggest ?
Comment 5 Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason 2005-12-11 03:22:07 UTC
Run a script that executes for say an hour and see when it gets cut off, and
compare that with the time it takes from the installation to start until it stops.
Comment 6 Antoine "hashar" Musso (WMF) 2005-12-11 20:20:56 UTC
Example of script that run forever:

<?php while(true) { } ?>
Comment 7 Conal Charles 2005-12-12 05:07:01 UTC
I tried running the script below and found that it waits for atleast 22 seconds before 
timing out.

Now what ?

$format = '%d/%m/%Y %H:%M:%S';
while(true) { 
$strf = strftime($format);
echo "$strf\n<br>";
} ?>
Comment 8 Rob Church 2005-12-12 14:28:58 UTC
Depending upon a number of factors, the queries which need to be run when
updating the MediaWiki namespace might take considerable time to execute, which
means PHP is stuck like a lemon waiting for a result.

Are you able to reproduce this error on a vanilla install using a different
Comment 9 Conal Charles 2005-12-12 15:24:26 UTC
I'm using a free PHP/MySQL server at

I've currently been able to successfully run the following software off it.

* dokuWiki
* eGroupware
* phpBB
* phpicalendar
* phpScheduleIt
* CMS Made Simple

I will do a fresh install and see how it goes.
Comment 10 Rob Church 2005-12-15 19:45:24 UTC
Resolving invalid; if you still encounter problems, take it to the mailing list.

Two reasons:

[a] the mailing lists have a wider target audience used to solving these issues
[b] this is a problem with your configuration, not MediaWiki at large
Comment 11 Conal Charles 2005-12-16 01:09:24 UTC
Can you guide me as to how to take it to the mailing list ?

Thanks !
Comment 12 Rob Church 2005-12-16 07:25:01 UTC
Information on the mediawiki-l mailing list can be found at

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