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Bug 6154 - A URL action to provide a minimal page existence report
A URL action to provide a minimal page existence report
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
Interface (Other open bugs)
All All
: Normal enhancement (vote)
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Assigned To: Yuri Astrakhan
Depends on:
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Reported: 2006-06-01 01:07 UTC by Andrew Dunbar
Modified: 2006-10-13 21:21 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


Description Andrew Dunbar 2006-06-01 01:07:29 UTC
Scripts, bots, toolserver extensions, and JavaScript extensions would benefit
from a lightweight way of checking a live database for the existence of a given
article by name, and also whether that article is a redirect and what it
redirects to.

Some ways it might work:

might return a single character:
n=no, it doesn't exist, y=yes, it exists, r=it exists and is a redirect

might return:
yes, no, redirect=bar

or perhaps a tiny XML file could be returned:


There are obviously many ways to skin this cat. But the less weight the better
and ease of parsing by JavaScript is a must.
Comment 1 Rob Church 2006-06-01 01:27:43 UTC
I'd suggest this could be a job for the BotQuery extension.
Comment 2 Andrew Dunbar 2006-08-19 01:44:50 UTC
My citation tab JavaScript extension on English Wiktionary
would use this feature if it existed. Currently it has to load whole pages using
&action=raw just to know if the pages exist. In the worst case it will load two
extra pages per page actually viewed by the user.
Comment 3 Yuri Astrakhan 2006-10-13 18:45:32 UTC
This has already been done in both the both the query api -- , and the new api --

Using Query (please note that query will be obsolete once the new API is done):

Using New API:
* without redirect info:|Main%20page
* with redirect info:|Main%20page
* with automatic resolution of all redirects and extra info:|Main%20page

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