This is a project for someone who wants a job that will probably be quite a simple matter.
We have just installed MediaWiki 1.6.7 on a shared server running MySql [url removed, login to view] and Php 5.1.4. The Wiki Installed without issue, and operated flawlessly for about 4 days. During this time, we posted content including templates, help information and other materials.
At some point in the last 24 hrs, the wiki has stopped working. It started displaying an error message when trying to access any articles 'Can't connect to host too many connections (localhost)'
Last night, the hosting provider reset their server because there were too many connections to the database, but one look at the php information for the server shows that Active Persistent Links is set to 0, so none of the links started could have been left open. The server was reset and the Wiki came back online for about another 20 minutes or so, until it started producing this error message when trying to visit any article page:
A database query syntax error has occurred. This may indicate a bug in the software. The last attempted database query was:
(SQL query hidden)
from within function "Revision::fetchRow". MySQL returned error "1016: Can't open file: '[url removed, login to view]'. (errno: 145) (localhost)".
When opening this database from phpMyAdmin you can see that there is a similar error message shown next to this database.
Attempts to use [url removed, login to view] to re-upload the information dumped from the DB into a new DB stop mid-way through the dump with this message being displayed by [url removed, login to view]:
Error at the line 751: ) TYPE=MyISAM AUTO_INCREMENT=9 ;
Query: CREATE TABLE IF NOT EXISTS `job` (
`job_id` int(9) unsigned NOT NULL auto_increment,
`job_cmd` varchar(255) NOT NULL default '',
`job_namespace` int(11) NOT NULL default '0',
`job_title` varchar(255) binary NOT NULL default '',
`job_params` blob NOT NULL,
PRIMARY KEY (`job_id`),
KEY `job_cmd` (`job_cmd`,`job_namespace`,`job_title`)
) TYPE=MyISAM AUTO_INCREMENT=9 ;
MySQL: Specified key was too long. Max key length is 500
Stopped on error
We're looking for someone who can access the database sometime in the next 24 - 36 hours, find out what the problem is, and either extract the data to a new wiki which we can setup on the server, or, repair whatever lines in the database must could have been corrupted. When looking at the data in phpMyAdmin, I can see that there are still 29 tables in the DB and there is clearly content in those tables.
Include in a PM whether or not you have experience with MediaWiki and an attack strategy or approach. Person will need to be trustworthy and respectful as we will need to give you access to data, ftp and our mySQL databases.