Introduce article creation log


Adds an article creation log to Special:Log

There was discussion on a making a page deletion log, and it came down to a bunch of indexes and such being added and things being changed around and all around confusion.

Thus, I decided to kill two birds with one stone and write this nifty little gadget. I figured if there was a "Deletion log" there should be a "Creation log" as well. This is a patch against MediaWiki 1.10.0, so that each time someone creates a page, it gets added to the log. This way, if the page gets deleted, it gets redlinked, and if it's alive, it's bluelinked. I figure it's a hack to the concept of a "deleted pages" log, but it's most definitely an enhancement to fishing through revisions to find the original page creator. Anyhooo...

There's a caveat. Since I don't know half of the languages that MW supports, there's going to be a problem. Adding a creation log requires a couple edits (check out the patch) to add full multi-language support, otherwise, it'll just turn up as "createpg" which is very user unfriendly. So, right now it only supports english out of the box. Sorry. :(

There's another caveat: it's semi-not backwards compatible to your current database. That is, the patch only works from installation onward in that entries in the creation log will only appear once someone creates a new page after you apply the patch. So, in order to get a full page creation log, either you (or someone else) will need to write a script to add the appropriate entries. Otherwise, it will work fine with your existing installation.


  1. Grab the patch, save it into your brand spankin' new mediawiki root directory.
  2. Run patch -p0 < createpg.patch
  3. If your installation's language is not primarily english, translate to your native language the 'createpglogtext', 'createdarticle', and 'createpglogpage' lines of languages/messages/MessagesEn.php.

Tested on MediaWiki 1.10.0, php 5.2.3 (fcgi, debug).

If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or if I totally botched something, please feel free to contact me.


Kurt Radwanski
irc: slakr@freenode or galaxynet.
en.wp: Slakr

Version: 1.10.x
Severity: enhancement

Attached: createpg.patch

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Slakr created this task.Via LegacyJun 22 2007, 5:35 AM
bzimport added a comment.Via ConduitJun 22 2007, 1:51 PM

robchur wrote:

The logging table doesn't contain a log_user_text equivalent, preventing log entries from being recorded for anonymous users.

Lejonel added a comment.Via ConduitJun 24 2007, 11:36 AM

Is this bug different from bug 9555? That bug is closed and says that page creation logs works.

brion added a comment.Via ConduitJun 25 2007, 2:49 PM
  • Bug 9555 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
bzimport added a comment.Via ConduitJul 7 2007, 12:57 AM

robchur wrote:


Lejonel added a comment.Via ConduitFeb 19 2008, 10:18 AM

*** Bug 13067 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

P.Copp added a comment.Via ConduitOct 23 2008, 6:58 PM

*** Bug 10730 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

P.Copp added a comment.Via ConduitOct 23 2008, 6:59 PM

*** Bug 15900 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

P.Copp added a comment.Via ConduitOct 23 2008, 7:01 PM

(In reply to comment #4)


Reopening, cause this is a feature, that is frequently asked for and Special:Newpages just gives the page creations for the last month or so.

shinjiman added a comment.Via ConduitJun 25 2009, 2:45 PM

I think instead of making another special page, the another method to get the list is to add the namespace filter into the special page in order to get the page in desired namespace which had been created.

bzimport added a comment.Via ConduitApr 22 2010, 9:32 AM

gaelle.fily wrote:

On, we would like to display all pages created by a
certain user, not only in the last 30 days. With the link "Contribution" of an
user there are all actions done (upload media, modifications, new pages...),
it's not easy to see the new pages. Thanks to develop it.

Spinningspark added a comment.Via ConduitMay 11 2010, 5:36 PM

Would it be possible to reactivate Escaladix's page creation counter,, on the toolserver while we are wating?

bzimport added a comment.Via ConduitNov 15 2010, 10:05 AM

cnit wrote:

In r76679, 'ru' locale, updated from 1.15, when I try to upload the file, the following error is generated:

Обнаружена ошибка синтаксиса запроса к базе данных. Это может означать ошибку в программном обеспечении. Последний запрос к базе данных:

(SQL запрос скрыт)

произошёл из функции «LogPage::saveContent». База данных возвратила ошибку «1054: Unknown column 'log_user_text' in 'field list' (localhost)».

Brief translation:

Database syntax error (SQL query is hidden)

occured in function "LogPage::saveContent". Database has returned an error "1054: Unknown column 'log_user_text' in 'field list' (localhost)"

Also, I've tried to use $wgDebugDumpSql = true;
in LocalSettings.php, yet the query is hidden anyway.

In the log there is the query:

Query 49 (slave): INSERT /* LogPage::saveContent Syntone */ INTO wiki_logging (log_id,log_type,log_action,log_timestamp,log_user,log_user_text,log_namespace,log_title,log_page,log_comment,log_params) VALUES (NULL,'upload','overwrite','20101115100409','1','Sdv','6','Myfile.jpg','0','Овечки','')

bzimport added a comment.Via ConduitNov 15 2010, 10:08 AM

cnit wrote:

Sorry. I've just forgot to re-run php update.php after re-importing dump from 1.15.

Spinningspark added a comment.Via ConduitJun 3 2012, 1:31 PM

Reopening. No obvious fix in place.

Technical13 added a comment.Via ConduitMay 16 2013, 3:48 PM
  • Bug 42026 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
  • Bug 29730 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
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