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Refactor the existing thumbnailer code is core to split it out as a separate "thumbnailer service", written in PHP.

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cscott created this task.Feb 27 2015, 7:30 PM
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I would gladly participate to this effort.

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I'm looking for a non-WMF "hacking buddy" to work on this during Wikimania 2015 (in Mexico City). Anyone interested?

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I had doubts about this (mentioned on the other bug) but after talking to bd808 on irc im less worried. [Just mentioning here because i left a comment on other bug]

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Qgil added a comment.May 27 2015, 10:23 PM

Did someone work on this project during Wikimedia-Hackathon-2015? If so, please update the task with the results. If not, please remove the label.

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@cscott MediaWiki now supports deferring the thumbnail/image scaling effort to a separate service (as of rMWa9213ccb4c77: Add ability to proxy thumbnail requests to a service). Although even before this, one could set up rewrites to bypass MediaWiki entirely for thumbnail urls.

For Wikimedia production, this has been done, by using Thumbor (see blog post), and while we're continuing to maintain the MediaWiki implementation for smaller installs and for custom API methods, it's unlikely Wikimedia would dedicate resources to a dedicated PHP-based service for this (in the short term, anyway).

I'm just checking if you're still interested in having this task open? I imagine as part of the long-term Librarization effort, it might get done regardless, but we don't need this task for that.

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Tgr added a comment.Feb 23 2018, 2:13 AM

Is the task about turning the thumbnailer into a library, or turning it into a service (as in MediaWikiServices), or turning it into a standalone service like Parsoid etc? I doubt the first is feasible (it needs to read the the database, extensions hook into it etc). T66214: Define an official thumb API Would turn it into a REST API (so sort of a service from an external POV although still running on top of MediaWiki).

@cscott: Could you reply to the last two comments, please?

I'm just checking if you're still interested in having this task open? I imagine as part of the long-term Librarization effort, it might get done regardless, but we don't need this task for that.

@cscott: Could you please reply to the previous comment? Thanks!

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Joe closed this task as Declined.Jul 29 2019, 6:01 AM
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I think this was an idea before the thumbor project started, in order to have a thumbnail service that didn't need to have access to the databases, for instance.

I don't think this ticket is valid anymore, so I'm going to decline it.