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Make LocalisationUpdate extension actually work in vanilla MediaWiki core
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LocalisationUpdate is bundled in the standard MediaWiki core tarball, but:

  • isn't selected for installation by default (no extension is),
  • doesn't set up the required crontabs even when selected.

Automatic updates of i18n are desirable for a number of reasons, the most important ones being:

  1. most MediaWiki installations out there are only updated once every several years, but often use incomplete localisations which in the meanwhile have been completed;
  2. system messages may contain important updates for wiki users and sysadmins, like T85456.

An effort to this purpose was started in January 2014, but abandoned in September 2014.