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administrators (basic) This page explains how to download and install PmWiki 2.1. Here's a list of related pages:
Unpack the archive (
README.txt An introductory document pmwiki.php The main PmWiki script local/ Configuration scripts (local configuration files) cookbook/ Recipes (add-ons) from the Cookbook docs/ Brief documentation, sample configuration scripts pub/ Publicly accessible files css/ Extra CSS stylesheet files skins/ Layout templates for custom look and feel scripts/ Scripts that are part of PmWiki wikilib.d/ Bundled default PmWiki pages
The pmwiki-x.y.z directory needs to be placed into a location accessible by your webserver (e.g., in a public_html directory of some sort). You can place files and directories using a number of methods -- FTP, or a Unix
Note: It's probably also a good idea to change the "pmwiki-x.y.z" directory name to be simply "pmwiki".
In most cases PmWiki will do this for you. Open a web browser to the pmwiki.php script on the server (i.e., not the one on your local computer or accessed using a file://... URL). PmWiki will then analyze your system configuration and provide instructions (if needed) for creating the wiki.d/ directory which will be used to hold the pages created for your site.
Otherwise, there are two ways to achieve this.
3a. You can create the wiki.d/ directory manually, and then give it full write permissions (i.e., "
3b. On some systems you can let PmWiki create wiki.d/ by temporarily changing the permissions on the directory containing the pmwiki.php file to 2777. In Unix this is commonly done by changing to the directory containing pmwiki.php and executing the command
chmod 2777 .
(note the dot at the end). The
After establishing directory permissions, try opening a browser to the pmwiki.php script again. If all is well, the wiki.d directory will have been created and you'll see the default home page.
Important: If you used method 3b, you should reset permissions by executing "
5. Set language
If you want to use PmWiki in a different language download the international language pack as zip archive (i18n.zip) or as gzipped tarball (i18n.tgz) from http://www.pmwiki.org/pub/pmwiki/. Then extract it and copy the files into the wikilib.d/ directory as described above.
There are two directories in the decompressed i18n archive, scripts and wikilib.d. Copy the files respectively contained in these directories to the scripts and wikilib.d of your PmWiki directory. For example, for French localization, PmWikiFr.* and PmWiki.* must be contained in the same directory.
Then, enable localization by adding an instruction to local/config.php to load the language translation page of your choice. For instance,
Read more about this on Internationalizations.
How do I make pmwiki.php the default page for a website? Should I rename pmwiki.php to index.php?
Renaming pmwiki.php is not recommended. Instead, create an index.php file that contains the single line:
You may also want to check Cookbook:CleanUrls.
Why does pmwiki.org appear to have a directory structure rather than "?n=pagename" in urls?
Pmwiki.org uses a variant of Cookbook:CleanUrls.
Is it possible to move wiki.d to /tmp/persistent/wiki.d (a new sourceforge rule)?
Sourceforge suggests moving everything to /tmp/persistent/new-folder-of-your-choice and creating a symbolic link to the new folder on /tmp . It works -- see Cookbook:SourceForgeServers.
How can I run PmWiki on a standalone (offline, portable) machine ?
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PmWiki is a WikiWikiWeb system developed by Patrick Michaud in the PHP scripting language.