[pmwiki-users] syncing pmwiki with local installation (OSX)

Tamara Temple tamouse.lists at gmail.com
Sat Nov 30 17:31:08 CST 2013

On Nov 17, 2013, at 8:49 AM, Chris Lott <chris at chrislott.org> wrote:

> I work a lot in areas without web access. I'd like to have a two-way
> sync between a local installation of pmwiki on my Macbook and my
> "real" wiki. I'd prefer to sync the whole wiki, not just a group.
> I've browsed around but not found a solution for syncing the whole wiki.
> Given that PmWiki's design is around files, I'm hoping this doesn't
> have to be too hard?

Let me toss out another idea besides the two-way rsync thing, although it has some serious deficiencies.

This assumes you have ssh access to the wiki directory on your server (aka remote).

This is what I’ve done, though I haven’t really documented it.

The remote wiki is the "blessed" repository for this. First initialise git in the wiki root directory:

$ cd path/to/wiki_root
$ git init

You probably want to make a .gitignore file that contains at least the following:


Stuff everything else in the repo:

$ git add —all —verbose
$ git commit -m 'Initial commit'

Make note of where your wiki is and how you’ll access it via ssh:

$ pwd

On your local machine, you’ll now clone the remote wiki:

$ git clone user at remote:path/to/wiki_root wiki-clone

Keeping things in sync can be a bit tricky. Generally, you want to pull things from the remote before you start making changes on the local, and push things from the local back to the remote before you make any changes remotely.

If you run into merge conflicts, since the pmwiki page structure stores the entire content on a single line, you could have problems in fixing things. Likewise, since the change history is stored in the wiki page, similarly discrepancies in making changes could make merge conflicts a bear to deal with.

If you are the only one editing your "real" (remote) wiki, then it might work better to do all your edits on your local wiki, and push to the remote. If others also edit your wiki pages, the pull/edit/push is going to be required.

I use this method for my personal wikis, primarily as a means to develop, test, stage, and then release to production.

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