Rename a wiki

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This is mostly a draft. It also only covers domain renames, DBA made clear that db renames won't happen.

TODO: Refactor this page to three parts - what to do to prepare; what to do at the execution (deployment); what to do after deployment (including testing.)

This page deals with moving a wiki from one domain to another.

  1. Deal with site language rename if relevant (i.e. probably not for a special wiki)
    • Make sure that Names.php, Messages*.php and */i18n/*.json in core have the new names and codes.
    • Make sure that langdb.yaml in UniversalLanguageSelector has new names and codes and redirects from the old names. (For als -> gsw there's also an extra redirection in UniversalLanguageSelector, so remove it when needed.)
  2. Add new wiki domain to DNS zone (operations/dns.git)
  3. Update operations/puppet.git
    • Update/add apache config (operations/puppet.git modules/mediawiki/files/apache/sites) to send new domain to MediaWiki (wikimedia.org subdomains etc. Normal project domains should already be covered by a wildcard)
    • Add new domain to RESTbase config (operations/puppet.git modules/restbase/templates/config.yaml.erb)
  4. MediaWiki config (operations/mediawiki-config.git) to make new domain work as an alias:
    • Map new wiki domain to database name (multiversion/MWMultiVersion.php, setSiteInfoForWiki function)
      • If the database suffix was not 'wiki', the site code will not be 'wikipedia' so make sure that gets changed too (see ee.wikimedia.org as an example)
    • If moving a wiki from the wrong ISO code, also move the wgLanguageCode entry in wmf-config/InitialiseSettings.php up
  5. You may have to purge some pages from Varnish (action=purge or SquidUpdate::purge) if they were used for testing the domain name before the mediawiki-config change went through, before you start seeing sane redirect behaviour for the new domain.
  6. If WikimediaMaintenance's dumpInterwiki script had an alias in reverse of the rename, remove it like 236929, deploy commit and run updateinterwikicache on the deployment master host
  7. TODO: Populate sites table (cache?) from wikidata (see task T111822)
  8. Change MediaWiki config again to set wgServer/wgCanonicalServer to new domain
    • If renaming a special site you may wish to deal with wgSiteName, wgMetaNamespace, etc. at this point
      • Changing namespace names requires an alias for the old name.
  9. Update copy of the site matrix at mediawiki/services/parsoid.git lib/sitematrix.json so that v2+ APIs works on the new domain (v1 used database names) like 236831
  10. Update MassMessage delivery lists on meta to use the new domain (see task T111895)
  11. Another operations/puppet.git update
    • Add entry redirecting from old domain to new domain to operations/puppet.git modules/mediawiki/files/apache/sites/redirects/redirects.dat, run refreshDomainRedirects and submit result to gerrit
    • Remove old domain from RESTBase config
      • TODO: Work out with RESTBase devs what should actually happen. Note that currently /api/rest_v1/ on our domains does not follow Apache redirects.
  12. ContentTranslation:
    • Remove the unnecessary redirection from SiteMapper - the ContentTranslationDomainCodeMapping global variable in extension.json. (like 236795)
    • After the migration, test that publishing to the new domain language works. (e.g. task T111818)
    • After the migration, test that loading a source article from the new domain works. (e.g. task T111850)
    • After the migration, test that link and category adaptation work (e.g. task T112285)
  13. Eliminate existing interwiki links that point to the old domain, and make sure that href points to the new domain
    • For language-projects this is likely to be via dumpInterwiki.php in WikimediaMaintenance (like task T111853)
    • For special wikis it's likely to be at Interwiki map
  14. Test that the langlinks API query works. (like task T112426)
  15. If needed, rename the relevant messages and message keys in the following message files:
    • WikimediaMessages/i18n/wikimediaprojectnames
    • WikimediaMessages/i18n/interwikisearchresults
  16. If needed, update $MassMessageWikiAliases with a map from the old to the new domain so that delivery lists keep working.