RESTful wrapper for the MoinMoin wiki, included in Akara
MoinMoin is a very handy wiki implementation but it does not have a RESTful way of accessing or updating content. It's all designed around browser forms and browser rendering. Not very modern, from a Web point of view. Moinrest addresses this by providing an external wrapper to Moin instances (supporting Moin 1.7.x - 1.9.x). It requires Akara 2.x.
Once you have Akara set up, just put the moinrest.py file (you can find it in demo/modules) in the modules directory, configure it to wrap one or more Moin wiki instances, and restart the server. For more on settign up and configuring Akara, see Akara/Quick_start.
You'll need to create a config section for moinrest, specifying one line for each wiki to be wrapped, mapping a local mount point to the destination wiki base URL. The syntax is as follows.
[moinrest] target-mountpoint = wikiurl
For example, the following creates one wrapped wiki mounted at xml3k, wrapping the moin instance at http://wiki.xml3k.org.
Sample client requests
Get the Wiki text content of the page:
moin is the mount point for the entire moinrest module. Within this each wrapped wiki has its own mount point, as determined by the config described above.
Use HTTP content negotiation to get the page in different formats...
In Docbook form (if supported by the wrapped wiki):
curl -H Accept: application/docbook+xml" http://localhost:8880/moin/xml3k/FrontPage curl -H "Accept: application/rdf+xml" http://localhost:8880/moin/xml3k/FrontPage curl -H "Accept: application/x-moin-attachments+xml" http://localhost:8880/moin/xml3k/FrontPage
Get the history of the page as an RSS 1.0 (i.e. RDF) feed :
curl -H "Accept: application/rdf+xml" http://localhost:8880/moin/xml3k/FrontPage
Update the content of a page with wiki text from a file wikicontent.txt.
curl --request PUT --data-binary "@wikicontent.txt" --header "Content-Type: text/plain" "http://localhost:8880/moin/xml3k/FooTest"
Of course most wikis will require you to log in before updating a page. Mopinrest uses HTTP auth for this. Following is the same as above except that it logs in to the wiki using the user name JohnDoe and the password passwd.
curl -u JohnDoe:passwd -p --request PUT --data-binary "@wikicontent.txt" --header "Content-Type: text/plain" "http://localhost:8880/moin/xml3k/FooTest"
Moinrest supports attachments.
Get a list of attachments to the page, as a special, simple XML format:
curl -H "Accept: application/x-moin-attachments+xml" http://localhost:8880/moin/xml3k/FrontPage
Get an attached page. Notice the use of URL path parameters to specify an attachment associated with a page:
Attach the file a.txt to the page wrapped at http://localhost:8880/moin/xml3k/FooTest
curl --request POST --data-binary "@/tmp/a.txt" --header "Content-Type: text/plain" "http://localhost:8880/moin/xml3k/FooTest;file=a.txt"
Another, more transparent approach to wiki synchronization
- importing automated content onto wiki
The following sequence diagram illustrates the process flow for a simple GET request for a Moin wiki page through moinrest, e.g. (to get the wiki front page)
This use case doesn't really emphasize the benefits of REST (except in the way, not illustrated, that content-negotiation is used to control the returned page representation), but it does show the basic pattern that's extended in more significant use-cases.
The following sequence diagram illustrates the process flow for a GET request using HTTP authentication.
curl -u username:passwd http://akara/moin/wiki1/
editmoin - command-line wrapper that "allows you to edit Moin pages with your preferred editor. It means you can easily edit your pages, without the usual limitations of most web browsers' text areas."
"Clone a subset of wiki pages by using the commandline interface" - "a python script (use MoinMoin.script) that runs from the command line, takes the page names as arguments and generates a package file. Page names can either be specific page names or regular expressions matching some pages. There must be also a way to package all non-underlay pages (all pages the user has created in his wiki)."