Getting Infoboxes to work on Mediawiki!

I’m currently doing a little happy dance!

I’ve been struggling to get Infoboxes to work on my Wiki – you know those side boxes on Wikipedia that give summarized information about a subject.

I followed the instructions here, but I kept getting a big

Lua error: Internal error: Error reading from pipe. 

I spent ages exporting  templates from Wikipedia, checking to make sure that my host met Scribunto‘s requirements, pulling my hair out et cetera, but still that red error haunted me!

Then I stumbled across this post on scribunto’s Talk page and decided to give it one more try. This is the process I went through:

  • Download the Lua binaries – I used lua-5.1.5_Linux26g4_64_bin.tar.gz
  • Extract the files and upload them to the extensions/Scribunto/engines/LuaStandalone/binaries/lua5_1_5_linux_64_generic directory on the server
  • Rename the original “Lua” file to “Lua-orig” then rename the new “lua5.1” file to “lua
  • Change the permissions on the newly renamed Lua file to 755
  • Go to a page with the offending error and click the “History” link
  • Replace the “history” at the end of the URL to “purge” then hit enter
  • And …
An Infobox
Yaay! An Infobox!!


I hope this helps someone and prevents a little bit of hair pullage :)

Cafealdon – Updated

Cafealdon Map
Cafealdon Map, this 

After a bit of tweaking, this is the latest incarnation of my Cafealdon map.  There are a few changes, based primarily on feedback from The Cartographer’s guild.

So what’s changed?

  • I’ve redone the forest to the west
  • I’ve tidied up the river around Draygen
  • A new texture for the water  – the original looked a bit flat. I’m not entirely happy with it yet, so a bit more playing about is required.
  • Changed some of the buildings
  • A bit of general fiddlage.