Restoring the DocBook Wiki

Volume 14, Issue 11; 20 Mar 2011

After several weeks of accidental and frustrating downtime, the DocBook Wiki is (almost) back online.

For many years, the DocBook Wiki has been hosted by the good folks at ibiblio. For the benefit of the DocBook community, they provided an entire virtual machine (some small slice of a larger real machine, surely) on which the wiki ran. They still host

Earlier this month, through some accident I don't fully understand, their IT folks deleted the virtual machine. If that wasn't bad enough, deleting the virtual machine caused a cascading failure that deleted the backup snapshots of the virtual machine. Practical result: it all went irretrievably into the bit bucket.

When my anger and frustration passed, what was left was a profound sense of loss and embarrassment. Cards on the table: I was carelessly relying on someone else to do my backups. There's no excuse for that, I won't try to pretend that there is. I extend my humble and heartfelt apologies to the entire DocBook community that participated in curating the content of the wiki. I'm so sorry.

I've restored as much as I can from backups of an age I refuse to admit. The DocBook Wiki is back online, self hosted now. I'm having some trouble getting the DNS setup, but as soon as those changes percolate through the interwebs, things should be online.

And, yes, there will be backups.


Good news, and thank you to have spent some time restoring the service!

Talking about docbook and wiki, did you ever thought about a wiki using docbook syntax and backend?

—Posted by motofix on 21 Mar 2011 @ 11:24 UTC #

I've thought about it. I believe you can get DocBook out of Moin, that was one of the motivations for choosing it. But I haven't done anything beyond thinking about it. Alas.

—Posted by Norman Walsh on 21 Mar 2011 @ 02:07 UTC #

You should be able to get much of the missing content back (more or less) from the Wayback machine ; they've got a crawl as of February of 2009, which is better than nothing!

—Posted by PJ on 14 Jun 2011 @ 05:46 UTC #

Hello, if you need any older wiki content before the accident you may use to get it.

Regards from germany


—Posted by Ortwin Pinke on 05 Sep 2011 @ 08:46 UTC #