User talk:Merlijn van Deen

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Completing project documentation

This is regarding the announcement ( if you have missed it.

We have added some fields in addition to description field which is already there on your projects. Please click "Edit Documentation" in your project page/ project pages and fill the blanks. It will only take few minutes from your valuable time.

If you have any comments or suggestion on the form please let me know.--Sandaru (talk) 10:51, 26 July 2014 (UTC)Reply

executable of pywikibot on labs

Looking at the pywikibot files on toollabs there are number of .py script files in "/shared/pywikipedia/core/scripts" that are not executable. Is this purposeful? If so, can you tell me where one is to find the usable versions? Billinghurst (talk) 11:44, 31 August 2014 (UTC)Reply

Hi Billinghurst, they don't need to be -- you can run them using 'python /shared/pywikipedia/core/scripts/' (assuming you've set your PYTHONPATH correctly). valhallasw (talk) 12:00, 31 August 2014 (UTC)Reply
K. thx. Whym is helping this dinosaur get reacquainted with forgotten linux, and the peculiarities of python. Billinghurst (talk) 12:01, 31 August 2014 (UTC)Reply

re:tools.cobain processes on tools-bastion-01

Sorry. I will not continue running this script. But please don't block the tool tools.cobain. I try to debug my script. Coet (talk) 16:51, 24 August 2015 (UTC)Reply

No problem, mistakes happen. Please see Help:Tool_Labs/Grid for information on how to submit jobs to the grid. Testing on tools-bastion-01 for short periods of time is generally OK, but please use the grid for longer tasks. Thanks! valhallasw (Merlijn van Deen) (talk) 17:01, 24 August 2015 (UTC)Reply
How can I kill a process?
Now I run this script by my account, coet, not by cobain tool.
I am testing it, and I don't use the grid. I kill it by [ctrl]+[Z] because [ctrl]+[C] doesn't work. I thought it was enough to kill them, but maybe the processes still runnning. How can I ensure I kill them? Coet (talk) 18:09, 24 August 2015 (UTC)Reply
Ctrl-z does not kill a job, it just puts it in the background (so it's still running, you just don't notice it is!). To see all your running processes, use ps -lu coet, or start top and type u coet. This will show you all your jobs with their process ID (PID). To kill them, run kill -9 <pid>. For example, ps -lu coet now returns
root@tools-bastion-01:/home/valhallasw/pstricks# ps -lu coet
(... some commands ...)
0 T  3999 25296 14594  0  80   0 -  1110 signal pts/0    00:00:00
which you can then kill with kill -9 25295. valhallasw (Merlijn van Deen) (talk) 18:35, 24 August 2015 (UTC)Reply
Ok, I was reading about my question and I find the same, but not at all, answer you gave me.
Now I know, I can not stop processes, and i I do it, I must kill them. Sorry, because I always used ctrl-c, and I never have this problem, but on wmflabs it desn't work.
I will be careful with this new way.
Thank you for all. Coet (talk) 20:15, 24 August 2015 (UTC)Reply

About the grid

How long a job can stay on the grid? It terminates the job more often than Bastion. --Octahedron80 (talk) 06:53, 3 August 2016 (UTC)Reply

There is no time limit, but there is a memory limit -- it's likely that that's what you're hitting. needs relatively large amounts of memory, so try passing -mem 1G to jsub. valhallasw (Merlijn van Deen) (talk) 08:46, 3 August 2016 (UTC)Reply

thanks for the heads up

thanks for your helpful warning, I will take care of it, but gotta go to work first. Mdupont (talk) 11:11, 17 August 2016 (UTC)Reply

request review

Hi there, can you review my fawiki bot request, please? --YasBot (talk) 11:07, 4 September 2016 (UTC)Reply


Hi Merlijn, I noticed at Wikidata that the kbpwiki has been created ( When I looked at I noticed that the kbpwiki hasn't been added to the list. I found you by the toollist and request hereby if you can add the kabiye-wikipedia to the reportslist. Have a nice day! QZanden (talk) 18:41, 29 June 2017 (UTC)Reply

Hi QZanden, it seems kbpwiki is not available yet on Labs. I have filed a ticket to track this phab:T169431 -- once that ticket is resolved, tsreports should automatically pick up the new wiki. valhallasw (Merlijn van Deen) (talk) 13:03, 1 July 2017 (UTC)Reply

Wiki Replica c3.labsdb to be shutdown Wednesday 2017-12-13

A tool you maintain is hosting data on labsdb1003.eqiad.wmnet (aka c3.labsdb). This server will be taken out of service on Wednesday 2017-12-13.

Normal usage of the *.labsdb databases should experience only limited interruption as DNS is changed to point to the new Wiki Replica cluster. The c3.labsdb service name will not be updated however, so tools hardcoded to that service name will be interrupted until they are updated to use a new service name.

Tools that are hosting self-created data on c3.labsdb will lose that data if it is not migrated to tools.db.svc.eqiad.wmflabs (also known as tools.labsdb). If you are unsure why your tool is hosting data on c3.labsdb, you can check the database and table names at or phab:P6313.

Please see Wiki Replica c1 and c3 shutdown for more information. --BryanDavis 20:37, 15 November 2017 (UTC)Reply


Hi Merlijn,

brokenimages tool suddenly stoppen working. Could you please fix it? Kind regards, Saschaporsche (talk) 03:48, 7 January 2020 (UTC)Reply

Hi Saschaporsche, I'm not entirely sure what broke, but restarting the webservice seems to have resolved it. valhallasw (Merlijn van Deen) (talk) 18:57, 7 January 2020 (UTC)Reply
Hi Merlijn, Thanks for your comment. Hopefully the tool keepster on working now. Saschaporsche (talk) 05:18, 8 January 2020 (UTC)Reply

A barnstar for you!

The Technical Barnstar
Thank you for the many hours of time you put into Labs/Tool Labs/Cloud VPS/Toolforge as part of the admin team over the years. Your participation and point of view was very much appreciated by the Foundation staff you worked with. We all look forward to working with you again in the future. BryanDavis (talk) 20:16, 16 July 2020 (UTC)Reply

Double Barnstar OMG

The Technical Barnstar
Toolforge is flourishing today in no small part thanks to your assistance keeping the grid up and running in the early days of Tool Labs. Thank you for all your help and hard work!
Thank you both for the barnstars and the kind words! :-) It was fun helping with Tool Labs, and I'll see y'all around! valhallasw (Merlijn van Deen) (talk) 16:27, 17 July 2020 (UTC)Reply

dumpscan tool review

Hi, we're doing a review to make sure as many tools meet a minimum standard. I noticed dumpscan doesn't have a description on toolsadmin, licence or a published repo. Could you add these information to this tool? Thanks! Komla Sapaty (talk) 02:33, 8 April 2023 (UTC)Reply

Hi, this tool hasn't been active for a long time so I've marked it as disabled. valhallasw (Merlijn van Deen) (talk) 09:43, 8 April 2023 (UTC)Reply

gerrit-patch-uploader review

Hi, we're doing a review to make sure as many tools meet a minimum standard. I noticed gerrit-patch-uploader tool doesn't have a published repo. Could you add this information to this tool? Thanks! Komla Sapaty (talk) 20:52, 5 July 2023 (UTC)Reply