wikibugs is an IRC bot that idles in the #wikimedia-dev development channel (and others) on the freenode IRC network.

After restart, the bot joins only #wikimedia-cloud by default. Other channels are joined when the first relevant message to them is supposed to be sent.


The bot polls the phabricator API, listens to the Gerrit events feed, and posts changes to tasks and patches into various IRC channels.

  • Runs as wb2-phab and polls the API, and inserts all task events into a redis queue
  • Runs as wb2-grrrrit and listens to the Gerrit stream-events feed, and inserts all changes events into a redis queue
  • Runs as wb2-irc, reads from the redis-queue, and notifies various channels.
    • is useful when debugging if you don't want to have to connect to IRC all the time.


The source for wikibugs can be found in Git:

Including the channels list and gerrit-channels list.

Deploying changesEdit

If your change just updates the channel list, the change should be deployed automatically.
Events that occur while restarting wb2-phab or wb2-grrrrit will not be reported.

You need to ssh into and run the following commands:

 become wikibugs # sudo -i become wikibugs if you're in sudoers but not a member of tools.wikibugs 
 cd ~/wikibugs2

Since Gerrit change 455347 deployment is performed using a '' script in the tool directory.

The script provides the following commands:

  • python3 deploy [job name] [job name]
    • This will pull changes, and will restart the jobs provided (see above for job names)
    • If no job names are provided, all jobs will be restarted
  • python3 pull
    • pulls changes into the working directory
  • python3 start_job [job name]
    • Starts (i.e., jsub) the provided job
  • python3 start_jobs
    • This will start all jobs.
  • python3 restart_job [job name]
    • Restarts (i.e., qmod -rj) the provided job

Muting wikibugsEdit

There is currently no IRC-based method for this. Maintainers can kill the phabricator listener via:

user@tools-bastion-03:~$ become wikibugs
tools.wikibugs@tools-bastion-03:~$ qstat
job-ID  prior   name       user         state submit/start at     queue                          slots ja-task-ID
4602105 0.39032 wb2-phab   tools.wikibu r     03/24/2016 04:29:15 continuous@tools-exec-1401.eqi     1
5736318 0.32072 lighttpd-w tools.wikibu r     04/28/2016 04:15:16 webgrid-lighttpd@tools-webgrid     1
6049120 0.30351 wb2-irc    tools.wikibu r     05/06/2016 19:56:31 continuous@tools-exec-1407.eqi     1

tools.wikibugs@tools-bastion-03:~$ qdel 4602105

Restarting wikibugsEdit

  • ssh ; sudo -i become wikibugs
  • stop all jobs found in qstat's output with qdel $job_id
  • poll qstat until all jobs have been successfully deleted and its output is empty
  • cd wikibugs2 and run python3 start_jobs.

Check wikibugs server logEdit

Making wikibugs ignore certain usersEdit

In the case of a vandal attacking Phabricator, you likely want to quietly cause the bot to drop their messages (so Freenode stops killing the bot for flooding) without giving them the recognition of a commit.

In, there is a function named handle_useful_info with an ignored tuple in it. Add the username to the tuple on labs, qdel wb2-irc, wait for it to disappear from qstat, restart the job as normal (see Restarting wikibugs above). Then let it run for a while until the vandal's account has been disabled and all their messages have been popped from redis. Then reverse the change.

During this it will still be processing their phabricator edits behind the scenes so depending on volume it may be slow to post things to IRC.

Configuring channelsEdit

Update channels.yaml or gerrit-channels.yaml with the channel name and project name. Project names can be regular expressions and are case insensitive.

Note that before wikibugs can be added to a new channel, it must be whitelisted by freenode staff (gerrit:454263 has some more details). wikibugs maintainers will take care of this step when necessary.


Find any of the following friendly people on IRC and they should be able to help you out:

  • legoktm
  • valhallasw

List of people who have access to the bot.


The first wikibugs, started in August 2004, was a Perl script that parsed Bugzilla's email messages, wrote them to a log file, and relied on ircecho to post them. In April 2014, the bot was rewritten in Python ("pywikibugs"), still parsing email messages, but using a Redis queue to post on IRC. Later in November 2014, the bot was rewritten again ("wikibugs2"), this time handling bugs from Phabricator rather than Bugzilla, but reused many of the ideas from pywikibugs such as a Redis queue and asyncio.

See alsoEdit