You may have many documents that you would like to use a local program to format in a format PmWiki can display.
You could open each document and copy/paste the content to new pmwiki pages or you could format the document in advance and upload it using a FTP client.
Only two lines are necessary in a PmWiki page file:
"version=" tells PmWiki that the values are urlencoded. The actual value doesn't matter, as long as "urlencoded=1" appears somewhere in the line.
"text=" needs to have the markup text with newlines converted to "%0a" and percent signs converted to "%25".
In addition, PmWiki writes pages with '<' encoded as "%3c" (to help with security), but it doesn't require that <'s be encoded that way in order to be able to read the page. More conversions are possible to be added in the future.
In order to let the
(:pagelist :) markup work, make sure the filename begins with an uppercase letter.
In order to have the
(:pagelist link= ... :) markup on other pages list this page, a third attribute is required:
"targets=" is a comma delimited list of all links from the current page.
Keys you could see in a raw PmWiki file:
- Version of PmWiki used to create the file More??? (ordered, urlencoded)
- Author's browser when saving the page
- Last author to save page
- The character encoding of the page text, may be used by future upgrades
- Change summary
- Page creation time
- Host created this page
- Name of the page (e.g.,
- Number of times the page has been edited
- Targets for links in the page
- The page's wiki markup
- Time the page was last saved (seconds since 1 Jan 1970 00:00 UTC)
- Page title set via
(:title The Page Title:).
- Character used for newlines (deprecated)
- encrypted version of the password
- The version to which PmWiki has been updated to by
upgrades.php (only on SiteAdmin.Status)
Below these you will see information used to keep track of the page's revision history.
Creating a Page for Distribution
A simple way to create a wikipage file to use for distribution (for example with a recipe or a skin) is to create the page with PmWiki and then use a text editor to delete all lines but version, text, and ctime. Example:
version=pmwiki-2.1.0 ordered=1 urlencoded=1
text=This is a line.%0aThis is another.
Keeping track of page history
Inside of a page file, PmWiki stores the latest version of the markup text, and uses this to render the page. The page history is kept as a sequence of differences between the latest version of the page and each previous version.
PmWiki normally puts the page history at the end of each page file in reverse chronological sequence, and sets the "ordered=1" items in the header. If an operation needs only the most recent version of a page, then PmWiki will stop reading and processing a page file at the point where the history begins, potentially saving a lot of time and memory. If the "ordered=1" flag isn't present, PmWiki makes no assumptions about the ordering of items in the pagefile and processes the entire file.
Load pages from text files
See Cookbook: Import text.
Unix utility to extract wiki text
The following unix script (tested on MacOSX) will extract and decode the current text from a wiki file:
# wtext - extract wiki text
# wtext wikifile > output
set fn = "$1"
if ("$fn" == "") then
echo "need input file parameter"
if (! -f $fn) then
echo "$fn does not exist"
rm sedin.$$ >& /dev/null
set ch = `grep ^newline= $fn | cut -d= -f2`
if ("$ch" == "") set ch = "%0a"
cat <<eof > sedin.$$
grep "^text=" "$1" | sed -f sedin.$$
rm sedin.$$ >& /dev/null