Converts mediawiki collection bundles (as generated by mw-ocg-bundler) to plaintext

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Converts mediawiki collection bundles (as generated by mw-ocg-bundler) to stripped plaintext.

This is a proof-of-concept, but it could be used to archive or embed the textual content of wikipedia in a minimal amount of space.


Node version 0.8 and 0.10 are tested to work.

Install the node package dependencies.

npm install

Install other system dependencies.

apt-get install unzip

Generating bundles

You may wish to install the mw-ocg-bundler npm package to create bundles from wikipedia articles. The below text assumes that you have done so; ignore the mw-ocg-bundler references if you have bundles from some other source.


To generate a plaintext file named out.txt from the en wikipedia article "United States":

mw-ocg-bundler -o --prefix en "United States"
bin/mw-ocg-texter -o out.txt

The default format does 80-column word wrap. If you would like to use "semantic" new lines (that is, newlines end paragraphs and there are no newlines within paragraphs) use the --no-wrap option:

bin/mw-ocg-texter --no-wrap -o out.txt

For other options, see:

bin/mw-ocg-texter --help



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