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creating links from commons to en-wikipedia fails with message A page "Category:XYZ" could not be found on "mediawikiwiki". The external client site "mediawikiwiki" did not provide page information for page "Category:XYZ"
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When trying to link https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Lactalis with the 'Add Links' menu item on the side menu I chose in the pop-up window as language en and then i put in the field for page 'Category:Lactalis' and when clicking then on the button 'Link page' i got the following error message:

A page "Category:Lactalis" could not be found on "mediawikiwiki".

The external client site "mediawikiwiki" did not provide page information for page "Category:Lactalis".

An this despite the fact that https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Lactalis exists.

It is very clear that the fact that the erorr message says "A page "Category:Lactalis" could not be found on "mediawikiwiki"." indicates that this function looks for a wikimedia project 'mediawikiwiki' which obviously does not exist. unfortunately I have no clue to look where this setting was put erronously as I suppose that in some setins or eventually translations en was replaced with mediawiki.

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Robby created this task.Mar 11 2020, 11:25 PM
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Robby renamed this task from creating links from commons to en-wikipedia fails with message A page "XYZ" could not be found on "mediawikiwiki". The external client site "mediawikiwiki" did not provide page information for page "XYZ" to creating links from commons to en-wikipedia fails with message A page "Category:XYZ" could not be found on "mediawikiwiki". The external client site "mediawikiwiki" did not provide page information for page "Category:XYZ".Mar 12 2020, 6:07 AM

I get a different problem when trying to reproduce this, which may be related - typing "en" does not return English Wikipedia, just 'enwikibooks', see screenshot. Same for 'de', 'nl', etc.

A work-around is to add the commons sitelink through 'other sites' directly on Wikidata, which works fine (tested at https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q29215893 with Songwe Region).

Lydia_Pintscher triaged this task as High priority.Mar 12 2020, 8:57 AM

Maybe it is just my theory, but it looks quite similar to T247078

Robby added a comment.Mar 12 2020, 9:40 PM

By now the error message has changed 'mediawikiwiki' has now changed to 'metawiki'

Robby added a comment.Mar 12 2020, 9:46 PM

and just on another exemple the error message refers to 'specieswiki'

Robby added a comment.Mar 13 2020, 9:37 PM

By now I receive a similar behaviour as Mike Peel received yesterday. As an exemple I received on the page https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Caister-on-Sea the following situation:

where you can clearly see tha when trying to select the language in the opo-up box for adding interwiki link I get just suggestions from wikiquote projects.

Some time earlier today (half an hour) the situation was different and I got just other projects in the same pop-up box.

Robby added a comment.Mar 13 2020, 9:48 PM

Just a few minutes later i get on the same page https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Caister-on-Sea the following situation:

and then I manage to finalize the operation successfully and the iw link is added successfully on wikidata.

Per T247712 this affects more wikis than just Commons.

Robby added a comment.Mar 17 2020, 9:48 AM

Indeed T247712 describes the same phenomenon and I suppose we could merge this task here with T247712

Should we merge them?

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