Debian-IN/ pagespec

To select a set of pages, such as pages that are locked, pages whose commit emails you want subscribe to, or pages to combine into a blog, the wiki uses a PageSpec. This is an expression that matches a set of pages.

The simplest PageSpec is a simple list of pages. For example, this matches any of the three listed pages:

foo or bar or baz

More often you will want to match any pages that have a particular thing in their name. You can do this using a glob pattern. "*" stands for any part of a page name, and "?" for any single letter of a page name. So this matches all pages about music, and any SubPages of the SandBox, but does not match the SandBox itself:

*music* or SandBox/*

You can also prefix an item with "!" to skip pages that match it. So to match all pages except for Discussion pages and the SandBox:

* and !SandBox and !*/Discussion

Some more elaborate limits can be added to what matches using any of these functions:

For example, to match all pages in a blog that link to the page about music and were written in 2005:

blog/* and link(music) and creation_year(2005)

Note the use of "and" in the above example, that means that only pages that match each of the three expressions match the whole. Use "and" when you want to combine expression like that; "or" when it's enough for a page to match one expression. Note that it doesn't make sense to say "index and SandBox", since no page can match both expressions.

More complex expressions can also be created, by using parentheses for grouping. For example, to match pages in a blog that are tagged with either of two tags, use:

blog/* and (link(tag/foo) or link(tag/bar))

Note that page names in PageSpecs are matched against the absolute filenames of the pages in the wiki, so a pagespec "foo" used on page "a/b" will not match a page named "a/foo" or "a/b/foo". To match relative to the directory of the page containing the pagespec, you can use "./". For example, "./foo" on page "a/b" matches page "a/foo".

Old syntax

The old PageSpec syntax was called a "GlobList", and worked differently in two ways:

  1. "and" and "or" were not used; any page matching any item from the list matched.
  2. If an item was prefixed with "!", then no page matching that item matched, even if it matched an earlier list item.

For example, here is the old way to match all pages except for the SandBox and Discussion pages:

* !SandBox !*/Discussion

Using this old syntax is still supported. However, the old syntax is deprecated and will be removed at some point, and using the new syntax is recommended.