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[MediaWiki-l] Is there something wrong with the Special:Export page?


#1

Hello!

I hope you are having a good start to the new year. In November 2018, I
downloaded hundreds of English Wikipedia pages from the mainspace using the
Special:Export <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Special:Export> page for
textual analysis. I tried downloading more today in the same fashion, but
the exported XML files do not have the content of the pages. Maybe I am
doing something wrong or missing something. Any help would be appreciated.

I also have a question, if you may, about the Special:Export page. Does it
work on other Wikipedia language editions (e.g. Arabic)? When I used it in
November 2018 to download pages from the mainspace in Arabic, I got
content-less XML files.

Best,
Reem


#2

Hello!

I hope you are having a good start to the new year. In November 2018, I
downloaded hundreds of English Wikipedia pages from the mainspace using the
Special:Export <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Special:Export> page for
textual analysis. I tried downloading more today in the same fashion, but
the exported XML files do not have the content of the pages. Maybe I am
doing something wrong or missing something. Any help would be appreciated.

Can you say more about a sample page that fails to export, and what
settings you used? I just tested it as a logged in user for a sample page
and got the expected content.

I also have a question, if you may, about the Special:Export page. Does it

work on other Wikipedia language editions (e.g. Arabic)? When I used it in
November 2018 to download pages from the mainspace in Arabic, I got
content-less XML files.

Yes, it works on any project for any language.

Ariel


#3

Hello all!

Many thanks to Ariel for her help. We have been talking off-list and
trouble-shooting. Thanks again! :slight_smile:
Well, I found the solution but it is a bit embarrassing. However, I decided
to save future people from the same embarrassment by writing to the list :smiley:
I was using the MediaWiki Special:Export page
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Special:Export> not the Wikipedia
Special:Export Page <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Export>...

Ehm.. learning curve.. learning curve.

Have a great weekend.

Best,
Reem

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