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Bug 7789 - RFE: provide listings for image dump tarballs
RFE: provide listings for image dump tarballs
Product: Datasets
Classification: Unclassified
General/Unknown (Other open bugs)
All Windows XP
: Normal enhancement (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
Depends on:
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Reported: 2006-11-02 11:59 UTC by Michal Sevcenko
Modified: 2011-11-29 03:21 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Description Michal Sevcenko 2006-11-02 11:59:55 UTC
It would be great if you could provide listings of the image dumps, such as the two links below:

Justification: I've written an experimental alternative wikipedia browser, which uses offline database 
created from wikipedia's XML dump. Since the media file collection is too large, I intended to delegate 
requests to media files from my browser to the original wikipedia servers. It is, unfortunately, not 
possible to derive the URL of a media file from its specification found in the article's wiki markup. 
For example, if the wiki markup contains a reference to image Stuy_building_cropped.jpg, the 
corresponding URL is The only 
way how to map short names to their urls is to analyze the listing of media file tarballs. I can create 
these listings myself, of course, but I need to download the tarballs, which would waste your and mine 

Another rather desperate method is to download the media file's description page upon request, such as, parse its HTML code, and find the URL of 
the underlying image. But I still think that the best method is to maintain a database mapping short 
media names to their urls.
Comment 1 Brion Vibber 2009-03-30 21:49:56 UTC
This one's basically obsolete; we no longer do tarball dumps of images. :(

Future image dump access is more likely to be over rsync or other systems that pull individual files...

(Note that URLs for images *can* be derived from their name.)

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