Install MoinMoin wiki engine

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MoinMoin wiki engine serves wiki web pages.

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Install Apache2 web server if not already installed.

Download MoinMoin (filename moin-1.9.7.tar.gz) from, usually to own "Downloads" directory.

Use the file manager to extract the contents of the compressed file under the "Downloads" directory as "moin-1.9.7".


Install MoinMoin:

$ cd /home/< own account name >/Downloads/moin-1.9.7
$ sudo python install --force --prefix /usr/local --record=install.log

Install "wsgi" module and test:

$ sudo apt-get install libapache2-mod-wsgi
$ cd /usr/local/share/moin/server 
$ sudo python test.wsgi

Point the web browser to the address shown on the terminal, such as, http://localhost:8000/.

Setup wiki sites

Setup files for a wiki called "qswiki":

$ cd /usr/local/share/moin
$ sudo mkdir qswiki
$ sudo cp -R data qswiki
$ sudo cp -R underlay qswiki
$ sudo cp server/moin.wsgi qswiki
$ sudo cp config/ qswiki

Do similar for "dscwiki".

Configure Apache2 for MoinMoin site:

$ sudo gedit /etc/apache2/sites-available/moinmoin.conf

Specify, keeping "<" and ">" in the following codes:

# MoinMoin WSGI configuration
# invoke moin wiki at the root url, like http://servername/mywiki/FrontPage:
# servername can be or localhost
# qswiki and dscwiki use FrontScreen instead of FrontPage to avoid changes from being overridden when a new FrontPage is installed with new software
WSGIScriptAlias /qswiki   /usr/local/share/moin/qswiki/moin.wsgi
WSGIScriptAlias /dscwiki   /usr/local/share/moin/dscwiki/moin.wsgi
<Directory /usr/local/share/moin/qswiki>
    AllowOverride None
    Require all granted
<Directory /usr/local/share/moin/dscwiki>
     AllowOverride None
     Require all granted
# create some wsgi daemons - use these parameters for a simple setup
WSGIDaemonProcess moin user=www-data group=www-data processes=5 threads=10 maximum-requests=1000 umask=0007
# use the daemons we defined above to process requests!
WSGIProcessGroup moin

Enable the site:

$ sudo a2ensite moinmoin

which will create a linked file in "/etc/apache2/sites-enabled"

If required to disable:

$ sudo a2dissite moinmoin

Configure wsgi:

$ sudo gedit /usr/local/share/moin/qswiki/moin.wsgi

Add at the end of the a2) paragraph:

sys.path.insert(0, '/usr/local/share/moin/qswiki')

Do the same for "dscwiki".

Enable web access, specify access rights and restart Apache2 service:

$ cd /usr/local/share 
$ sudo chown -R www-data:www-data moin 
$ sudo chmod -R ug+rwX moin 
$ sudo chmod -R o-rwx moin
$ sudo systemctl restart apache2
$ sudo service apache2 restart

Configure wiki:

$ sudo gedit /usr/local/share/moin/qswiki/


# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-
## -*- coding: iso-8859-1 -*-

#url_prefix_static = '/mywiki' + url_prefix_static
url_prefix_static = '/qswiki' + url_prefix_static

# sitename = u'Untitled Wiki'
sitename = u'QS Wiki'

#page_front_page = u"FrontPage"
page_front_page = u"FrontScreen"

# superuser = [u"YourName", ]
#    (note: remove "#" at the front, and replace "YourName" with user id within quotation marks)

#acl_rights_before = u"YourName:read,write,delete,revert,admin"
#    (note: remove "#" at the front, and replace "YourName" with user id within quotation marks)

# the following added at the end of the Security section

textchas = {
    'en': {
        u"Please enter antispam password (email to for password):": ur"[password]",
textchas_disabled_group = u"TrustedGroup"

#    (note: replace [password] with actual password)

# end of addition

#mail_smarthost = ""
mail_smarthost = ""

# The return address, e.g u"Jgen Wiki <>" [Unicode]
#mail_from = u""
mail_from = u"K C Tang <>"

# "user pwd" if you need to use SMTP AUTH
#mail_login = ""
mail_login = u"kctang [email password]"

navi_bar = [
    # If you want to show your page_front_page here:

# The default theme anonymous or new users get
# theme_default = 'modernized'
theme_default = 'modernized_mobile'

Note MoinMoin Config files are:

  • /etc/apache2/sites-available/moinmoin.conf
  • /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/moinmoin.conf
  • /usr/local/share/moin/qswiki/moin.wsgi
  • /usr/local/share/moin/qswiki/
  • /usr/local/share/moin/dscwiki/moin.wsgi
  • /usr/local/share/moin/dscwiki/

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