M204wiki:Database download

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Warning: The M204wiki database download is currently disabled and will be re-enabled soon.

The current content of M204wiki is available for download at no charge, provided only that no copyright notices may be removed or altered. The download format is XML, appropriate for loading to your own installation of Mediawiki, or for use in any of the after-market products designed to present Wikipedia or Mediawiki content offline.

How to download a copy of M204wiki

Use one of the following URLs to donwload a copy of the contents of M204wiki:

http://M204wiki.rocketsoftware.com/images/M204wiki_full.xml or http://M204wiki.rocketsoftware.com/images/M204wiki_current.xml

M204wiki_full.xml contains the full M204wiki content (minus user records, security groups and "talk" pages), including all past versions of each page. As of December 2012, this file is approximately 225 megabytes of data, and expected to constantly increase in size.

M204wiki_current.xml contains only the latest update of each M204wiki page (minus user records, security groups and "talk" pages). This copy provides the latest version of all material but without the page history. As of December 2012, this file is approximately 15 megabytes in size, and it is expected to increase in size but to always remain smaller than the "full" version. This is probably the copy you want.

Both of the above files are refreshed every night, at midnight EST, from SirWiki.

Updating M204wiki

If you make changes to a downloaded copy of M204wiki, then of course those changes will be lost if you refresh the downloaded copy; The download and import process is a full refresh, and no incremental option is currently offered.

If you'd like to contribute to M204wiki, you will need to obtain a M204wiki User ID.

What to do with your copy of M204wiki

Most likely you are taking a copy of M204wiki because your Model 204 site does not provide internet access from your site during work hours. Keeping a local copy of the Sirius Wiki provides the Sirius documentation in a format that can be kept as up-to-date as you like.

If you want to present the M204wiki in its original format, you'll want to install a local copy of Mediawiki, the software currently hosting M204wiki:


There are a variety of methods for importing the SirWiki dump, all explained at the Mediawiki site:


Once you have a copy of Mediawiki installed, the simplest way to load the SirWiki content in a single step is via the script in maintenance/importDump.php (documentation provided in "Using importDump.php, if you have shell access" at the above link). For example, issue a command like the following:

php \www\mediawiki\maintenance\importDump.php c:\users\dave\downloads\sirWiki_current.xml

The above command can be run in Windows, if the MoWeS portable reader was installed in the root directory containing \www and the current SirWiki was saved in the above downloads directory.

Alternately, you can forgo the local installation of Mediawiki and use one of the aftermarket readers designed to import and display the Mediawiki XML dump. The most popular one is Wikitaxi (Windows only; no Linux or OS/X version is provided):


A number of other viewing options are explained at the above page.


All material in M204wiki is copyright 2013 by Rocket Software, Inc., of Waltham, Massachusetts. The material is provided here as reference material for our clients, for users of Model 204, and for educational purposes in the technical community.

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