Meza/Ensuring users get the latest file

The problemEdit

after you "Upload a new version of this file" for a file .. other pages in the wiki that link to that file do not automatically result in the latest version without some manual per-page coercing by the users .. how can admins guarantee that users will always see the "current version" of an image after it has been updated?

Possible SolutionsEdit

Which of these options and how to configure them is still a topic of discussion. If you have any specific solution that works for you.. please contribute to this page.

tools and solutions listed so far include;

MW updateEdit

apache solutionEdit


Hack img_auth.phpEdit

Resolve BugEdit

Header ModulesEdit

configure a <location> for images, and use the headers module to add headers

OtherEdit has other caching possibilities


using: In Localsettings:

wfLoadExtension( 'WikiDexFileRepository' );
$wgLocalFileRepo = [
	'class' => 'LocalWikiDexRepo',
	'name' => 'local',
	'directory' => $wgUploadDirectory,
	'url' => $wgUploadBaseUrl ? $wgUploadBaseUrl . $wgUploadPath : $wgUploadPath,
	'hashLevels' => 2,
	'thumbScriptUrl' => $wgThumbnailScriptPath,
	'transformVia404' => true,
	'deletedDir' => $wgDeletedDirectory,
	'deletedHashLevels' => 3

this extension adds extra "/latest/<timestamp>" to the image/file path before the filename, which must be stripped out by rewrite rules in .htaccess

Such as the following for NGINX

map $mwuploads_longcache $mwuploads_expire {
	default 5m;
	1 30d;

map $uri $images_thumbfallback {
        default @404;
        "~/mwuploads/wikidex/" @thumb;

map $uri $images_mwinstallpath {
        default "/dev/null";
        "~/mwuploads/wikidex/" "/home/www/";

map $request_uri $thumbfile {
        default "xx";
        "~/mwuploads/[a-z0-9]+/thumb/[0-9a-f]/[0-9a-f][0-9a-f]/latest/[0-9]+/(?<xthumbfile>[^/]+)/[0-9]+px-.*$" "$xthumbfile";
        "~/mwuploads/[a-z0-9]+/thumb/[0-9a-f]/[0-9a-f][0-9a-f]/(?<xthumbfile>[^/]+)/[0-9]+px-.*$" "$xthumbfile";
        "~/mwuploads/[a-z0-9]+/thumb/archive/[0-9a-f]/[0-9a-f][0-9a-f]/(?<xthumbfile>[^/]+)/[0-9]+px-.*$" "$xthumbfile";
server {

	location /mwuploads/ {
		alias /data/mwuploads/public/;
		expires $mwuploads_expire;

		# Imagen con /latest/timestamp/, se reescribe, expires largo
		location ~ "^/mwuploads/[a-z0-9]+/(?:thumb/)?[0-9a-f]/[0-9a-f][0-9a-f]/latest/[0-9]+/.*$" {
				set $mwuploads_longcache 1;
				expires $mwuploads_expire;
				rewrite "^/mwuploads/(?<startpath>[a-z0-9]+/(?:thumb/)?[0-9a-f]/[0-9a-f][0-9a-f]/)latest/[0-9]+/(?<endpath>.*)$" "/mwuploads/$startpath$endpath";

		# Imagen directa en /archive, expires largo
		location ~ "^/mwuploads/[a-z0-9]+/archive" {
				set $mwuploads_longcache 1;
				expires $mwuploads_expire;
		# Imagen thumb
		# Ojo, las variables del regexp se usan en @thumb
		location ~ "^/mwuploads/[a-z0-9]+/thumb/[0-9a-f]/[0-9a-f][0-9a-f]/[^/]+/(?<thumbwidth>[0-9]+)px-.*$" {
				set $thumbarchived 0;
				expires $mwuploads_expire;
				try_files $uri $images_thumbfallback;
		# Imagen thumb de archive
		location ~ "^/mwuploads/[a-z0-9]+/thumb/archive/[0-9a-f]/[0-9a-f][0-9a-f]/[^/]+/(?<thumbwidth>[0-9]+)px-.*$" {
				set $mwuploads_longcache 1;
				set $thumbarchived 1;
				expires $mwuploads_expire;
				try_files $uri $images_thumbfallback;

	location @thumb {
			expires $mwuploads_expire;
			# Run the thumb.php script
			include /etc/nginx/fastcgi_params;
			fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $images_mwinstallpath/thumb.php;
			fastcgi_param QUERY_STRING f=$thumbfile&width=$thumbwidth&archived=$thumbarchived;
			fastcgi_pass unix:/run/php/php-fpm-wikidex-images.sock;

	location @404 {
		return 404;

	location / {
		return 404;