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From Julian Foad <>
Subject Re: Wiki migration to Confluence: test conversion ready for review
Date Fri, 23 Feb 2018 09:26:04 GMT
Johan Corveleyn wrote:
> As discussed in [1] I'm working on migrating our wiki from MoinMoin to
> Confluence.
> After ironing out most of the big issues, I think the current "test
> conversion" is ready for review by a larger audience. I'd like to
> perform the final migration next Tuesday the 27th, after 21h (GMT+1),

Excellent news!


 From a little look around, I found these:

(Meta) In Confluence I could not find a way to view the source. No 
"edit" option is not shown for me. The "View Source" option isn't 
working: instead of showing source, it shows an alternative rendered view.

MoinMoin "{{{#!wiki comment" blocks were hidden from view in MoinMion 
and are rendered as visible "note" blocks in Confluence. e.g. there is 
one right at the end of this page:
(I couldn't find a way to search for them in either system. I don't know 
if we mind them being visible. I don't mind the two on this page being 

Paragraph joining (line re-wrapping) is not working: source line breaks 
are being rendered as output line breaks in Confluence. Particularly 
noticeable in e.g.
because the source lines are short.

Superscript: e.g. "10^th^ to 14^th^ June" in the first line of
(Could be fixed afterwards.)

(I have just corrected the superscript mark-up in
It was "23^^rd^^", now "23^rd^". I was able to check using search query 
"\^\^" and that was the only page with such an error.)

> - We have one page which redirects to another page: SvnMergeTheory ->
> SymmetricMerge. We could also simply omit SvnMergeTheory from the
> conversion, and redirect the old SvnMergeTheory page on MoinMoin
> directly to SymmetricMerge on cwiki (to avoid breaking existing
> links). Should we do that?

I think the best thing is to prioritize making the old site's 
redirection logic as simple as possible. Probably that is to have a 
"SvnMergeTheory" page of some sort on Confluence (a redirection within 
Confluence if possible, or whatever works), and so the old site can just 
redirect <base_url><page_name> to <confluence_url><page_name> for
page URLs, whether they are redirection pages or not.

Then any future updates to the Wiki can be handled purely in Confluence, 
no matter what kind of page is involved.

> - Escapes for a literal [, ], {, }, -- etc. should not be done in
> {noformat} blocks. Will fix.

Also long runs of dashes "-------" were reduced to just four dashes 
"----" in e.g.

I do not feel it is important to fix all of these issues in the 
conversion. Nice of course, but not as important as getting it done.

One more thought: Having put in all this work, I wonder if most of what 
you have achieved can be re-used. (Some was manual tweaking, I know.) 
Several other Apache projects might be interested in using your updated 
converter to do an equivalent migration.

Thanks for all this work!

- Julian

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