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Make it easier to manage/deliver files created by extensions
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There are some extensions (e.g. Extension:Math) that create files dynamically and then deliver those files to the user. Most extensions just create their files somewhere in $wgUploadDirectory, assuming that the location is accessible from the web. On private wikis this might not be true. Instead of direct delivery by the webserver the img_auth.php might be invoked. Unfortunately the current implementation sometimes makes it difficult or impossible to deliver files that are not part of the local filerepo.

Who would benefit

Any extension developer that wants to create files (images, pdfs, JNLP, xml, flat files, ...) dynamically and deliver them by a script entry point.

Proposed solution

  • img_auth.php could be improved (see also T153174)
  • A complete new entry point could be created
  • Some mechanism besides filerepo/filebackend could be created that allows better management (save/cache, delete/invalidate, find) of files created by extensions

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Osnard created this task.Jan 25 2017, 9:21 AM
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MarkTraceur triaged this task as Low priority.Jul 10 2017, 3:13 PM
MarkTraceur moved this task from Untriaged to Triaged on the Multimedia board.