Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Re-constructing Wikipedia

My research work requires re-construction of Wikipedia on a local PC. Before this I didn't know this could be done. These are the steps required for getting a local version of Wikipedia running on your Desktop PC or laptop. Minimum requirements are php5, mediawiki 1.7, Linux (duh!) and around 8 Gig's of Free space.

  • Install Mediawiki by following these steps (Debian specific).
  • Configure it in the normal manner you configure any mediawiki installation.
  • Download the latest Wikipedia dump. I got the pages-articles dump.
  • bunzip2 enwiki-latest-pages-articles.xml.bz2
  • Move to the maintenance directory of the mediawiki installation. On Debian systems this would be in /var/lib/mediawiki1.7/maintenance.
  • cat enwiki-latest-pages-articles.xml | php5 importDump.php

If you view your mediawiki from your browser and visit a random page, you should be able to see the Wikipedia articles which got imported.

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At 6:53 AM, November 03, 2006, Blogger RamantheB said...

the wikipedia mysql dump is 40 gb + you can get it done with 8 gb ?

At 9:46 AM, November 03, 2006, Blogger Toufeeq said...

I'm talking only about the english articles here. And the file is an xml file which is imported in to he MySQL DB. It should bubble up to around 15+ GB's however once it goes into Mysql.

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