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Security reminder: MediaWiki does not require PHP's register_globals
setting since version 1.2.0. If you have it on, turn it *off* if you can.
+== Changes since 1.8 ==
+* (bug 8200) Make category lists sorted by name when using Postgres.
+* (bug 7841) Support 'IGNORE' inserts for Postgres, fixes watchlist
+ adding problem.
+* (bug 6835) Removing the includes/Parser.php::getTemplateArgs() function,
+ because it seems to be unused.
+* (bug 7139) Increasing the visual width of the edit summary field on larger
+ screen sizes, for the default monobook skin.
+* Fix PHP notice and estimates for dumpBackup.php and friends
+* Improved register_globals paranoia checks
+* (bug 7545) Fix PHP version check on install
+* Disable PHP exception backtrace printing unless $wgShowExceptionDetails
+ is set. Backtraces may contain sensitive information in function call
+ parameters.
+* (bug 6164) Avoid smashing Cite state if message transformation triggers
+ during bad image list check, by skipping message transformation.
+ This isn't a good permanent fix.
+* (bug 6918) Stopped borders and backgrounds from showing through floated
+ tables in Monobook
+* (bug 6868) Un-hardcode section edit link style
+* (bug 3205) Stop right floats from stacking horizontally in non-Monobook skins
+* Added global $wgStyleVersion to centralize bumping CSS and JS file versions
+ for cache-friendly style and script updating
+* (bug 7562) Fix non-ASCII namespaces on Windows/XAMPP servers
+* Friendlier check for PHP 5 in command-line scripts; it's common for parallel
+ PHP 4 and 5 installations to interfere on the command-line.
+* Fix regression in autoconfirm permission check
+* (bug 3015) Add CSS ids to subcategory and page sections on category pages
+* (bug 7587) Fix erroneous id for specialpage tab, enabling informative popup
+* (bug 7599) Fix thumbnail purging, PHP notices on HTCP image page purge
+* (bug 7581) Update language name for cbk-zam
+* (bug 7444) Update namespace translations for Telugu (te), kept old values as
+ alias for compatibility
+* (bug 4525) Move section links down visually to same level as headings
+ (editsection links are now inside the heading elements)
+* Workaround for , PATH_INFO and hence
+ URLs of the style /index.php/Main_Page were broken on some CGI installations.
+* (bug 7623) Validate custom HTML id's correctly in Monobook interface
+* (bug 2241) Fix collision of 'w' and 'd' accesskeys
+* (bug 5795) CSS class added to body based on page name for page-specific
+ styling
+* (bug 6276) Stopped search field from getting too large in Cologne Blue
+* (bug 7644) User creations that are aborted by hooks shouldn't be counted
+ against account creations per day limit
+* (bug 7636) Show Firefox 2 users correct accesskey prefix
+* (bug 6427) Block blocked IPs from using the mail password function
+ to allow blocking of flooders
+* Include common.css from classic-style skins in main HTML with the bump URL
+* (bug 7607) Add Karakalpak (kaa) to Names.php and stub message file for linktrail
+* (bug 7582) Add 'tog-nolangconversion' to MessagesEn.php.
+ This key is need for languages with variants (zh, sr, kk)
+* (bug 7606) MediaWiki messages for "rss" and "atom" missing
+* (bug 7609) Add some more '*-summary' messages to MessagesEn.php with empty
+ strings to allow better localisation via Special:Allmessages. Mark this new
+ messages as optional for localisation.
+* Fix user_newpass upgrade for prefixed tables (reported by Fyren)
+* (bug 7663) Include language variant switcher links on Nostalgia skin
+* (bug 6531) Fix PHP fatal error on installation page with bad username input.
+* (bug 6977) Remove 404 link for autogenerated database documentation.
+* (bug 7369) Allow "Show Changes" without requiring edit token.
+* (bug 7687) Fix movetalk box checks itself when confirming a delete and move.
+* (bug 7684) Obey watchcreated preference for Special:Upload watch checkbox
+* (bug 7686) Include id attribute on delete form confirmation button
+* Allow compound interwiki prefixes in $wgImportSources
+* (bug 7304) Added redirect table to store redirect targets.
+* Added querycachetwo table (similar to querycache but has two titles)
+* PageArchive can now return a Revision object for more convenient processing
+ of deleted revision data
+* Added 'UndeleteShowRevision' hook in Special:Undelete
+* Error message on attempt to view invalid or missing deleted revisions
+* Remove unsightly "_" from namespace in Special:Allpages, Special:Prefixindex
+* (bug 3224) Allow minor edits by bots to skip new message notification on
+ user talk pages. This can be disabled by adjusting the 'nominornewtalk'
+ permission. Patch by Werdna.
+* (bug 7741) MATH: fixed broken syntax of underbrace etc. Fixed arrays
+* Fix purging for updated SVG files
+* (bug 7745) Add id attribute to search button in Monobook
+* (bug 7749) MATH: added some more LaTeX symbols, e.g. parallel, diamond, ast, ...
+* (bug 7304) Added code in Article.php to keep redirect table up to date.
+* Made special page names case-insensitive and localisable. Care has been taken
+ to maintain backwards compatibility.
+* Used special page subpages in a few more places, instead of query parameters.
+* (bug 7758) Added wrapper span to "templates used" explanation to allow CSS
+ styling (class="mw-templatesUsedExplanation").
+* Added {{#special:}} parser function, to give the local default title for
+ special pages
+* (bug 7766) Remove redundant / from AJAX requests, can break some servers
+* Add tab links from extensions to classic-based skins (SkinTemplateTab hook)
+ Provides better cross-skin compatibility for extensions using the modern
+ skin hooks, such as Oversight
+* Moved variant language links on Cologne Blue and Nostalgia to before the
+ login/logout link
+* Fix for parser tests with MySQL 5 in strict mode
+* Added block option "enable autoblocks"
+* Amend Special:Ipblocklist to note when a block has autoblock DISABLED.
+* (bug 7780) Fix regression in editing redirects
+* Add whitespace above "templates included on this page" using CSS, not
+ hardcoded line break.
+* Remove entries from redirect table on article deletion
+* (bug 7788) Force section headers in new section links for users who have
+ 'prompt for blank edit summaries' on.
+* (bug 1133) Special:Emailuser: add an option to send yourself a copy of your mail.
+* (bug 461) Allow "Categories:" link at bottom of pages to be customized via
+ pagecategorieslink message.
+* Sort the list of skins in "My Preferences" -> Skins by alphabetical order.
+* (bug 7785) Postgres compatibility for timestamps in RC feeds
+* (bug 7550) Normalize user parameter normally on Special:Log
+* (bug 7294) Fix PATH search for diff3 on install
+* Various fixes related to the blocking change re: autoblocks. On inserting
+ an IP block, the ipb_enable_autoblock field is now automagically blanked,
+ because it doesn't make any sense for an IP. Additionally, IP blocks
+ without the ipb_enable_autoblock option no longer show up as "autoblock
+ disabled" on Special:Ipblocklist.
+* (bug 7774) MATH: aded more amstex functions
+* (bug 1182) MATH: fixed inconsistent rendering of upper case Greek letters in TeX
+* Fix regression in streaming page dump generation
+* (bug 7801) Add support for parser function hooks in parser tests
+* checkUsernames.php now uses wfDebugLog instead of hardcoded path to log
+* (bug 7810) Update talk namespaces for Occitan
+* Allow case-sensitive URLs to be used for uploading from URLs.
+* (bug 1109) Correct fix for compressed 304 responses when additional output
+ buffers have been installed within the compression handler
+* (bug 7819) Move automatic redirect edit summary after pre-save transform
+ to work properly with subst: fun
+* (bug 7826) Fix typos in two English messages.
+* (bug 5365) Stop users being prompted to enter an edit summary for null edits,
+ if they have selected that option in preferences.
+* (bug 5936) Show an 'm' to the left of the edit summary on diff pages for minor edits.
+* (bug 7820) Improve error reporting for uploads via URL.
+* (bug 5149) When autoblocks are enabled, retroactively apply an autoblock to the most
+ recently used IP of a user when they are blocked.
+* Add an index on (rc_user_text,rc_timestamp) on the recentchanges table. This will
+ make CheckUser.php and the new retroactive autoblock functionality faster.
+* Fix regression in Special:Undelete for revisions deleted under MediaWiki 1.4
+ with compression or legacy encoding
+* (bug 6737) Fixes for MySQL 5 schema in strict mode
+* Approximate height for client-side scaling fallback instead of passing -1
+ into the HTML output.
+* Make the DNSBL to check for proxy blocking configurable via $wgSorbsUrl
+* Add experimental recording/reporting mode to parser tests runner, to
+ compare changes against the previous run.
+ Additional tables 'testrun' and 'testitem' are in maintenance/testRunner.sql,
+ source this and pass --record option to parserTests.php
+* Make the set of default parser test input files extensible via
+ $wgParserTestFiles. This can now be appended to by extensions or local
+ configuration files so that extension or custom tests can be automatically
+ run along with the main batch.
+* Run PHP install version checks on update.php so command-line updaters see
+ new version requirements
+* Do a check for the PHP 5.0.x 64-bit bug, since this is much more disruptive
+ as of MW 1.8 than it used to be. Install or upgrade now aborts with a
+ warning and a request to upgrade.
+* (bug 6440) Updated indexes to improve backlinking queries (links, templates, images)
+* Switched 'anon-only' block mode to default for IP blocks
+* (bug 3687, 7892) Add distinct heading for media files in category display,
+ with count.
+* (bug 1578) Add different icons for external links to audio, video, or PDF in
+ Monobook.
+* Made autoblocks block account creation if the user block has that option enabled.
+* Add auto-summaries to blankings and large removals without summaries.
+* (bug 7811) Allow preview of edit summaries.
+* (bug 6839) Wikibits.js minor changes to make JS-lint happier.
+* (bug 7932) Make sure that edit toolbar clears floats so it appears correctly.
+* (bug 6873) When viewing old revisions, add link to diff to current version.
+* (bug 3315) Provide rollback link directly on history page.
+* Replace 'old-revision-navigation' message with 'revision-info' and
+ 'revision-nav' messages, wrapped in divs with appropriate id's.
+* (bug 4178) MediaWiki:Common.js will now be included for all users if
+ $wgUseSiteJs is enabled, in addition to (if applicable) MediaWiki:Monobook.js
+ and user JS subpages.
+* (bug 7918) "Templates used on this page" changes during preview to reflect
+ any added or removed templates, and works as expected for section edits.
+* (bug 7919) "Templates used on this page" is now shown for read-only pages.
+* (bug 7688) When viewing diff, section anchors in autosummary jump to section
+ on current page instead of loading the latest version.
+* (bug 7970) Use current connection explicitly on Database::getServerVersion
+* (bug 2001) Tables with class="sortable" can now be dynamically sorted via
+ JavaScript.
+* Added autosummary for new pages with 500 or less characters, and refactor
+ the autosummary code so it's all done in one function. doEdit is getting too
+ big!
+* (bug 7554) The correct MIME type for SVG images is now displayed on the
+ image page (image/svg+xml, not image/svg).
+* (bug 7883) Added autoblock whitelisting feature, using which specific ranges
+ can be protected from autoblocking. These ranges are specified, in list format,
+ in the autoblock_whitelist system message.
+* Added placeholders for text injection by hooks to EditPage.php
+* (bug 8009) Automatic edit summary for redirects is not filled for edits in existing pages
+* Installer support for experimental MySQL 4.1/5.0 binary-safe schema
+* Use INSERT IGNORE for db-based BagOStuff add/insert, for more memcache-like
+ behavior when keys already exist on add (instead of dying with an error...)
+* Add a hook 'UploadForm:initial' before the upload form is generated, and two
+ member variable for text injection into the form, which can be filled by the hooks.
+* (bug 6295) Add a "revision patching" functionality, where an edit can be undone
+ (with a functionality similar to diff rev1 rev2 | patch -R rev3 -o rev3).
+ This is triggered by including &undo=revid in an edit URL. A link to a URL
+ that will undo a given edit is shown on NEW revision headers on diff pages.
+ The link leads to a "Show Changes" page showing what will be done to undo the
+ edit.
+* Fix display of link in "already rolled back" message for image/category pages
+* (bug 6016) Left-aligned images should stack vertically, like right-aligned
+ images, not horizontally.
+* Patch from LeonWP: added UploadForm:BeforeProcessing hook in SpecialUpload.php
+* Add AuthPluginSetup hook to override $wgAuth after configuration
+* Fix regression in authentication hook auto-creation on login
+* (bug 8110) Allow spaces in ISBNs
+* (bug 8024) Introduce "send me copies of emails I send to others" preference
+* Added 'EditPage::attemptSave' hook before an article is saved.
+* (bug 8083) Applied patch for sk localisation
+* Add a backslash character to the edit token, to prevent edits via certain
+ broken proxies that mangle such characters in form submissions
+* (bug 7461) Allow overwriting pages using importTextFile.php
+* (bug 7946) importTextFile.php doesn't perform pre-save transform
+* (bug 8117) {{REVISIONTIMESTAMP}} showed weird default if $wgLocalTZoffset set;
+ now uses current time for previews and if timestamp can't be loaded from DB
+* {{REVISIONTIMESTAMP}} now uses site local timezone instead of user timezone
+ to ensure consistent behavior
+* {{REVISIONTIMESTAMP}} and friends should now work on non-MySQL backends
+* (bug 7671) Observe canonical media namespace prefix in Linker::formatComment
+* Added js variable wgCurRevisionId to the output
+* (bug 8141) Cleanup of Parser::doTableStuff, patch by AzaTht
+* (bug 8042) Make miser mode caching limits settable via $wgQueryCacheLimit
+ instead of hardcoding to 1000
+* Enable QueryPage classes to override list formatting
+* (bug 5485) Show number of intervening revisions in diff view
+* (bug 8100) Fix XHTML validity in Taiwanese localization
+* Added redirect to section feature. Use it wisely.
+* Added a configuration variable allowing the "break out of framesets" feature
+ to be switched on and off ($wgBreakFrames). Off by default.
+* Allow Xml::check() $attribs parameter to override 'value' attribute
+* DB schema change: added two columns (rc_old_len and rc_new_len) to the recentchanges table to store
+ the text lengths before and after the edit
+* (bug 1085) Made Special:Recentchanges show the character difference between the changed revisions
+* Removed a redundant <strong> tag from diff pages that was causing display issues for some users
+* (bug 8203) The keyboard shortcut for "log out" was removed, because users were pressing it
+ when they intended to press the shortcut for "preview".
+* (bug 8148) Handle non-removable output buffers gracefully when cleaning
+ buffers for HTTP 304 responses, StreamFile, and Special:Export.
+ Duplicated code merged into wfResetOutputBuffers() and wfClearOutputBuffers()
+* Special:AllPages : 'next page' link now point to the first title of the next
+ chunk instead of pointing to the last title of current chunk.
+* (bug 4673) Special:AllPages : add a 'previous' link (new message 'prevpage')
+* (bug 8121) wfRandom() was not between 0 and 1
+* Add static method Parser::createAssocArgs($args), so parser functions can
+ use the same code to parse arguments as the templates do.
+* Change behavior of logins using the temporary e-mailed password (as stored
+ in user_newpassword hash field). Instead of just logging in silently and
+ leaving the previous user_password field in place indefinitely, the user
+ is now prompted to set a new password.
+ The password-changing form is at Special:Resetpass; currently it's only
+ usable for changing from the temporary password during login, but it
+ could perhaps be generalized, replacing the subform in preferences.
+ Once the new password is set successfully, the temporary password is wiped
+ so it cannot be used to login a second time, and the login process
+ is completed.
+* Suppress 'mail new password' button on login form if $wgAuth forbids
+ changing user passwords; it wouldn't work very well...
+* Consolidate password length checks and $wgAuth manipulation into
+ User::setPassword() to avoid duplicate code in different places
+ that set passwords.
+* User::setPassword() now throws PasswordError exceptions if the password
+ is illegal or cannot be set via $wgAuth. These can be caught and a human-
+ readable error message displayed by UI code.
+* Added Title::isSubpage()
+* (bug 8241) Don't consider user pages of User:Foo.css to be CSS subpages
+* Set an explicit class on framed thumbnail inner divs and images, changed some
+ CSS to use these instead of using descendent selectors.
+* Accept null parameter to User::setPassword() as indicating the password
+ field should be cleared to an unusable state. Login will only be possible
+ after the password is reset, for instance by e-mail.
+* (bug 6394) Invalidate the password set for "by e-mail" account creations
+ to avoid accidental empty password creations.
+* Made the show change size function work on page moves, page creations, and
+ log entries. Also fixed it in the javascript recentchanges.
+* (bug 8239) correctly get 50 new contributions when clicking '(50 next)'
+* (bug 2259) Fix old regression where e-mail addresses were no longer
+ confirmed on login with mailed password.
+* Add a notification about the confirmation mail sent during account
+ creation, so people don't immediately go off to request a second one.
+* Add a warning on Special:Confirmemail if a code was already sent and has
+ not yet expired.
+* Add user_editcount field to provide data for heuristics on account use.
+ Incremented on edit, with lazy initialization from past revision data.
+ Can batch-initialize with maintenance/initEditCount.php (not yet friendly
+ to replication environments, this will do all accounts in one query).
+* Allow raw SQL subsections in Database::update() SET portion as well as
+ for WHERE portion. Handy for increments and such.
+* User::getOption now accept a default value to override default user values
+ this makes it consistent with WebRequest::get* methods. Corrected code in
+ various places accordingly.
+* (bug 8264) Fix JavaScript global vars for XHTML mode
+* Make $wgSiteNotice value wikitext again, for consistency with editable
+ MediaWiki:Sitenotice and MediaWiki:Anonnotice.
+* (bug 8044) When redirecting from the canonical name of the special page
+ to the localised one, parameters/subpages are omitted
+* (bug 8164) Special:Booksources should use GET for form submission
+* Rewrite Special:Booksources to clean up interface and remove redundant code
+* (bug 7925) Change Special:Allmessages message name filter javascript to be
+ a bit more responsive and easier on the CPU
+* (bug 4488) Support watching pages on deletion; introduces new user preference
+* Minor restructuring of Special:Preferences; "watch pages I edit" and "watch
+ pages I create" options now accessible under "Watchlist" options
+* (bug 8153) <nowiki> doesn't work in site notice
+* (bug 6690) wfMsgNoTrans() transforms messages
+* (bug 8274) Wrap edit tools in a <div> with a specified class
+* Detect PHP 5.0.x 64-bit bug and abort in WebStart.php; too many things break
+ mysteriously otherwise (detection code copied from
+* (bug 8295) Change handling of <center> tags in doBlockLevels() to match that
+ of <div>
+* (bug 8110) Make magic ISBN linking stricter: only match ten-digit sequences
+ (plus optional ISBN-13 prefix) with no immediately following alphanumeric
+ character, disallow multiple consecutive internal redirects
+* (bug 2785) Accept optional colon prefix in links when formatting comments
+* Don't show "you can view and copy the source of this page" message for
+ pages which don't exist
+* (bug 8310) Blank line added to top of 'post' when page is blank
+* (bug 8109) Template parameters ignored in "recentchangestext"
+* Gracefully skip redirect-to-fragment on WebKit versions less than 420;
+ it messes up on current versions of Safari but is ok in the latest
+ nightlies. Checking the version number will allow it to automatically
+ work when new releases of Safari appear.
+* Fix regression in thumb styles; size and padding didn't match with
+ new arrangement.
+* (bug 8333) Fix quick user data update on login password change on
+ replication database setups. User data is now pulled from master
+ instead of slave in User::loadFromDatabase, ensuring that it is
+ fresh and accurate when read and then saved back into cache.
+ This was breaking with the Special:Rename operation which
+ automatically logs the user in with the new password after changing
+ it; pulling from slave meant the record was often not the updated
+ one.
+* (bug 8335) Set image width to the first valid parameter found.
+* (bug 8350) Fix watchlist viewing bug when using Postgres.
+* (bug 6603) When warning about invalid file extensions, output the bit
+ of the extension we actually checked
+* (bug 7669) Drop defaults on BLOB/TEXT columns for better compatibility
+ with MySQL's strict mode, often enabled by the Windows installer.
+ The defaults are ignored anyway when strict mode is off...
+* (bug 7685) Use explicit values for ar_text and ar_flags when deleting,
+ for better compatibility with MySQL's strict mode
+* Update default interwiki values to reflect changed location of ursine:
+* (bug 5411) Remove autopatrol preference
+* Users who have the "autopatrol" permission will have their edits marked as
+ patrolled automatically
+* Users who do not have the "autopatrol" permission will no longer be able
+ to mark their own edits as patrolled
+* Introduce 'PingLimiter' hook; see docs/hooks.txt for more information
+* (bug 532) Tweaked alt text for some interface messages
+* (bug 8231) Gave useful alt text to the main <img> on image pages
+* (bug 371) Remove alt text for "Enlarge" icon on thumbnails
+* Initialize user_editcount to 0 instead of NULL for newly created accounts
+* (bug 3696) Strip LRM and RLM characters from titles to work around the
+ problem some people have where titles cut-and-pasted from lists include
+ the bidi override characters appended to the lists.
+ A more thorough blacklist for forbidden and translatable characters would
+ be wise, though, as might a cleaner method for the lists in the first place.
+* Fix regression in email password resets on read-restricted sites
+* Set tabindex on fields in deletion form so you don't have to tab through
+ the links in the sitenotice
+* (bug 8271) Show full time and date on viewer for individual deleted
+ revisions
+* (bug 8214) Output file size limit and actual file size in appropriate units
+ on Special:Upload
+* (bug 8016) Purge objectcache table during upgrade processes - use the --nopurge
+ option to prevent this when running maintenance/update.php
+* (bug 7612) Remove superfluous link to Special:Categories from result items
+ on Special:Mostcategories
+* {{PLURAL:}} now handles formatted numbers correctly
+* (bug 8331) Added the change size value to watchlists; therefore made
+ watchlists use RecentChange::newFromRow() instead of newFromCurRow()
+* (bug 8351) Fix undo for simple reverts
+* (bug 6856) User::clearNotification() does not respect read-only mode
+* (bug 6853) Use a checkbox on the installer form to indicate that a superuser
+ account should be used; this is clearer than the old check which relied on
+ the password never being an obscure value
+* Remove old unused watchlist cache, which was a leftover from the old schema
+ where watchlists were more expensive to generate
+* Minor cosmetic changes to Special:Userrights
+* Added wgCanonicalSpecialPageName to JavaScript variables
+* Fix image deleting when using Postgres.
+* Output both source and destination titles in maintenance/moveBatch.php
+* Added basic parser tests for language variants
+* Enable selflinks and categories to be written in some of the language variants
+* Prevent conversion of JavaScript code in language variants
+* Output software version number in maintenance/parserTests.php
+* (bug 7169) Use Ajax to watch/unwatch articles if enabled
+* Make variant table caching a little more robust, using main language code
+ in cache key. Probably this is still a bit wonky, though. Was breaking
+ parser tests when Chinese tables were getting loaded into Serbian code.
+* (bug 8380) Be nicer about blank lines in deleteBatch.php
+* (bug 8401) Fix regression in SORBS lookup for some DNS setups
+* Use raw file descriptor in posix_isatty() check to avoid warning on
+ Linux systems with at least some versions of PHP
+* (bug 5908) Allow overriding the default category sort key for all items on
+ a page using {{DEFAULTSORT}}
+* (bug 6449) Throw a more definitive error message when installation fails
+ due to an invalid database name
+* (bug 5827) Use full text for option link labels on Special:Watchlist
+* (bug 8018) Allow hiding minor edits from the watchlist
+* (bug 8427) MonoBook RTL IE 7.0 tweaks failed when sidebar's navigation
+ section is renamed; no longer relies on first section name
+* Stabilize client-side table sorting even if the underlying Javascript sort()
+ implementation is unstable
+* Add hook for extensions to add user information to the panel in preferences,
+ next to the user name and ID.
+* (bug 8392) Display protection status of transcluded pages in the edit page
+ template list. Patch by Fyren, with i18n naming tweak.
+* Fix for interwiki transclusion where target wiki uses query string for title
+* Resolve namespaces on interwiki Title objects using canonical namespace names
+ if possible (should not happen, though, outside interwiki transclusion... and
+ maybe not even then, but it does)
+* (bug 8447) Fix SQL typo breaking non-default $wgHitcounterUpdateFreq
+* Do not allow previews of deleted images to be cached
+* Add global variable $wgDefaultLanguageVariant used to set the default language
+ variant of a wiki to something different than the main language code
+* Add 'variant' option to parserTests - runs test with the given variant as
+ preferred, utilize it for more parser tests of language variants code
+* (bug 6503) Fix bug that stopped certain irrelevant links from being hidden
+ for printing
+* Avoid PHP warning in Creative Commons metadata when a creative commons
+ license is not actually set up
+* (bug 8463) Don't print external link icons for Monobook
+* (bug 8461) Support watching pages on move
+* (bug 8041) Work around bug with debug_backtrace when Zend Optimizer is
+ loaded by skipping the function. Use wfDebugBacktrace() wrapper function.
+* Reduce config file clutter by setting various script and upload paths
+ based on $IP or $wgScriptPath in Setup.php. They can still be explicitly
+ overridden in LocalSettings.php if desired...
+* Attempt to detect redirect loops for the canonical title redirect, and
+ give some hints to the poor confused administrator.
+* Introduce new flag 'R' - raw output for language variant escape tags
+* Advise users when updates for a query page have been disabled using
+ $wgDisableQueryPageUpdate
+* (bug 8413) Improve comments for $wgNamespaceRobotPolicies
+* (bug 8330) Show "bytes" suffix on recent changes diff counter
+ optionally... if set in rc-changes-size message (default empty for now)
+* (bug 8489) Support basic links in <gallery> caption attribute
+* (bug 8485) Correct Lingala number formatting
+* The MediaWiki namespace is no longer pre-filled with default messages on
+ install. All default messages will be removed from the MediaWiki namespace
+ on upgrade.
+* Recentchanges RSS/Atom feeds now use a separate message for the description
+ to avoid cluttering it with useless wiki formatting
+* (bug 8417) Handle EXIF unknown dates
+* (bug 8372) Return nothing on empty <math> tags.
+* New maintenance script to show the cached statistics : showStats.php.
+* Count deleted edits when regenerating total edits in maintenance/initStats.php
+* (bug 3706) Allow users to be exempted from IP blocks. The ipblock-exempt permission
+ key has been added to enable this behaviour, by default assigned to sysops.
+* (bug 7948) importDump.php now warn that Recentchanges need to be rebuild.
+* (bug 7667) allow XHTML namespaces customization
+* (bug 8531) Correct local name of Lingála (patch by Raymond)
+* Fix regression with default lock file and cache directories; threw visible
+ warning with open_basedir
+== 1.8 Compatibility changes ==
+=== Zend Optimizer ===
+A bug in some versions of PHP 5 and Zend Optimizer which was triggered under
+MediaWiki 1.8.x has been worked around by disabling some internal debugging
+features when Zend Optimizer is loaded. This should solve some common
+"blank page" problems.
+=== PHP 5.0 64-bit ===
+MediaWiki now checks for a condition where PHP 5.0.x corrupts array data
+on 64-bit systems and warns you to upgrade PHP to solve the problem. This
+bug causes Special: pages to fail on affected systems under MediaWiki 1.8
+and higher, and subtler data corruption on earlier versions.
+The only known workaround is to upgrade PHP to 5.1 or later, which you
+probably should do anyway for security reasons!
+=== MySQL 5 ===
+MediaWiki should now install and run correctly on MySQL 5.0 and higher when
+MySQL's "strict mode" is enabled. (This is now the default for many Windows
+installations, though it seems to remain off by default on Unix.)
+This fixes errors about "cannot default default value for BLOB/TEXT fields".
+=== ImageMagick ===
+Note that ImageMagick older than 6.x may no longer work for image resizing
+due to use of the -thumbnail option.
+== 1.8 Behavior changes ==
+=== Localized special pages ===
+The names of Special: pages can now be localized, so links and URLs to them
+are more legible in languages that aren't English.
+Not all languages have included localized names yet.
+=== E-mail password ===
+Users are now required to set a new password for themselves when they first
+log in with a newly generated e-mailed password.
+Requesting passwords frequently is prevented to reduce abusive mailbombing.
+=== Undo revision ===
+An "undo" link now appears in diff view for easier reverting of older edits.
+When GNU diff3 is available for edit conflict merging, this can make it much
+easier to "undo" the changes of an older edit when there are surrounding
+changes elsewhere in the page.
+The changes must be manually reviewed and approved, as with conventional
+full-revision reverts.
+=== Blocking ===
+User blocks can be set to disable the automatic blocking of IP addresses the
+account logs in with.
+== 1.8 Database changes ==
+* new 'redirect' table stores data on page redirects
+* new 'querycachetwo' table used for some cached special pages
+* 'ipblocks' table adds 'ipb_enable_autoblock'
+* 'recentchanges' table adds 'rc_old_len', 'rc_new_len' for size tracking
+* 'user' table has added 'user_newpass_time' and 'user_editcount' fields
+* some indexes have been updated on 'recentchanges'
+== 1.8 Configuration changes ==
+Several configuration options have changed since 1.8:
+=== $wgEnableAPI ===
+The experimental machine API interface is now enabled by default, read-only.
+You can disable it by setting $wgEnableAPI = false; in LocalSettings.php.
+=== $wgPathInfo ===
+The use of PATH_INFO (the text after the script name in 'index.php/Blah')
+is controlled by the $wgUsePathInfo setting. This is now explicitly disabled
+for CGI, apache2filter, and ISAPI configurations of PHP, for more consistency
+with the autodetection from the installer.
+In some rarer configurations you may have to switch $wgUsePathInfo from false
+to true or, perhaps, from true to false to make things work properly if bad
+PATH_INFO data comes through the server.
+The wiki now tries to detect this condition and should show you an error
+message describing what to change instead of sending the browser into an
+infinite redirect loop.
+=== $wgScript and other path settings ===
+The following configuration variables are now automatically set in Setup.php
+if they are not overridden in LocalSettings.php:
+from $wgScriptPath:
+ + $wgScript
+ | \- $wgArticlePath
+ + $wgRedirectScript
+ + $wgStylePath
+ + $wgUploadPath
+ \- $wgLogo
+ + $wgMathPath
+from $IP:
+ - $wgStyleDirectory
+ + $wgUploadDirectory
+ \- $wgMathDirectory
+ + $wgTmpDirectory
+Newly generated configuration files will by default include only $wgScriptPath
+(hardcoded from the installer) and $IP (detected at runtime).
+Old configuration files which specify all these values explicitly should
+continue to work just fine, but if you use the defaults you can remove them
+to reduce clutter.
+=== $wgGroupPermissions ===
+The sysop group now holds the "autopatrol" and "ipblock-exempt" rights by
+"autopatrol" replaces the preference for marking ones own edits patrolled
+by default; users holding this permission will automatically have their
+edits patrolled, while others cannot mark their own edits as patrolled
+even if they have patrolling rights.
+"ipblock-exempt" excludes the user from IP blocks; accounts which are blocked
+explicitly by name will still be blocked, however. This is given to sysops
+to minimize annoyance from accidental "collateral damage"; remember that a
+sysop will be able to lift the block if they desire.
+The bot group now holds the "nominornewtalk" right. A user with this right
+will not trigger new message notifications when making minor edits to user
+talk pages. This is meant to minimize annoyance from maintenance bot
+=== $wgUseWatchlistCache ===
+Watchlist caching has been removed. The feature was not maintained, and has
+been unnecessary since switching to the 'recentchanges' database table
+reduced server pressure for Wikipedia's watchlists.
+=== $wgBreakFrames ===
+MediaWiki in the past attempted to detect when it was embedded in a frameset
+and "break out" of it, assuming it to be hostile.
+This behavior is now disabled by default, but can be reenabled by setting
+$wgBreakFrames to true in LocalSettings.php.
+== 1.8 New settings ==
+=== $wgVariantArticlePath ===
+For languages with script variant support (Chinese, Serbian, and others),
+it's possible to use alternate URL paths to select the variant for article
+display, setting $wgVariantArticlePath.
+Documentation for this setting would be useful.
+=== $wgMaxMsgCacheEntrySize ===
+The message cache can now skip items larger than a given size; this allows
+it to better handle the primary caching case when large CSS and JS blobs are
+=== $wgStyleVersion ===
+When making significant changes to skin stylesheets and JavaScript files,
+you can append a string to this variable to tweak the generated URLs,
+forcing newly rendered pages to bring in a fresh version despite server-
+or browser-side caching.
+Normally this will be set in the course of MediaWiki development, but
+if doing development on a custom skin you may wish to poke it as well.
+=== $wgRCShowChangedSize ===
+Special:Recentchanges and Special:Watchlist now show the number of bytes
+added or removed to an article to give an idea of the size of the edit.
+This information was previously available only in the IRC update feeds.
+To disable this site-wide, set $wgRCShowChangedSize to false.
+(Individual users can suppress the data in custom CSS.)
+Adjust $wgRCChangedSizeThreshold to trigger highlighting of particularly
+large changes.
+The formatting of the size figure can be adjusted through the
+[[MediaWiki:Rc-change-size]] message.
+=== $wgQueryCacheLimit ===
+The number of rows stored for "expensive" special pages in miser mode
+can now be adjusted up or down from the default 1000.
+=== $wgDisableQueryPageUpdate ===
+Individual "expensive" special pages can be skipped in processing by
+updateSpecialPages if added to this list.
+=== $wgSorbsUrl ===
+The base hostname for the DNS-based proxy blacklist can now be overridden
+when $wgEnableSorbs is set, to use a different blacklist instead of SORBS.
+The blacklist would need to respond the same was as SORBS; any positive
+response will be taken as a proxy.
+=== $wgAjaxWatch ===
+Experimental AJAX mode for the watch/unwatch tabs to execute inline.
+Does not include the UI messages describing how to reach the watchlist,
+so you may not want it on a general-audience site just yet.
+=== $wgParserTestFiles ===
+MediaWiki's parser test suite can now be expanded with additional test
+files. Custom extensions can add their test files to this array, and
+they will be run along with the main tests by maintenance/parserTests.php
== Changes since 1.7 ==
* Introduced AjaxResponse object, superceding AjaxCachePolicy