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Bug 7401 - multiple users running into phantom "page does not exist" errors
multiple users running into phantom "page does not exist" errors
Product: Wikimedia
Classification: Unclassified
General/Unknown (Other open bugs)
All All
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
Depends on:
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Reported: 2006-09-24 17:31 UTC by Rick Block
Modified: 2009-03-30 21:47 UTC (History)
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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


Description Rick Block 2006-09-24 17:31:38 UTC
There have been numerous reports lately at various help pages on en about encountering pages that mysteriously don't exist (latest 
at Village Pump (misc), see URL attached).  Various folks have suggesting adding "?action=purge" to the page request URL which 
does indeed seem to "fix"the issue instance by instance.  However, this has happened often enough that there's clearly some sort of 
bug in the caching or DB lookup or something causing pages that do exist to not be found.
Comment 1 Rick Block 2006-09-26 00:52:06 UTC
Also see the thread at, and the 
very next thread at VPT.
Comment 2 Brion Vibber 2006-09-26 00:52:41 UTC
Has this continued to happen in the last day?

I would greatly appreciate seeing a screen shot of such a problem page 
*BEFORE* it is purged. This could help narrow down the issue by indicating 
which other UI elements mark it.
Comment 3 Brion Vibber 2006-09-26 00:53:12 UTC
Reminder: WE CANNOT DO ANY DIAGNOSIS after the page has been purged.
Comment 4 Rick Block 2006-09-26 13:48:16 UTC
The page shown (from a link) is [[MediaWiki:Noarticletext]] (I don't have a screenshot, but I do remember this).  At en, [[solar radius]] 
displayed the noarticletext page until I purged it (at about 17:30 Sept 24 UTC).  If I see anyone complaining about this I'll let you 
Comment 6 Simon Andrews 2006-09-30 16:27:23 UTC
The page is showing the same fault, didn't 
change anything, mainly because I don't know how to :) 
Comment 7 Simon Andrews 2006-09-30 16:32:43 UTC
screenshot for the above is at hope this helps
Comment 8 Brion Vibber 2006-10-02 16:14:41 UTC
(In reply to comment #5)
> Not quite the same symptom, but
List_of_environment_topics_on_one_page is acting weird (as reported 

Totally unrelated; not even vaguely similar.

(In reply to comment #6)
> The page is showing the same fault, didn't 
> change anything, mainly because I don't know how to :) 

Thanks. There was a bad parser cache entry for default user options,
saved to the cache on September 19. This may have been due to some
older problem that's been corrected, or a temporary fault. Can't be
very certain without more information.

Have purged that page after saving the info.
Comment 9 Brion Vibber 2009-03-30 21:47:59 UTC
Going to assume this one-off issue was resolved. If similar continuing, please add info. :)

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