Pybot Wiki

This page describes a script. In general, it refers to the script in its current form, but pywikpedia coders tend only to add functions, not take them away. Chances are that you'll be able to use most of the information on the page, regardless of the age of your installation.
Daniel Herding
Pywikipedia team
Code location: mediawiki repository
What it does: Produces your bot account's watchlist
Complexity: Basic
Applicability: all MediaWiki installations is a script that either lists your bot account's current watchlist — in Wikia terms, the list of pages that your bot is following — on cmd, or, with Mackintosh computers, saves it in a folder called "watchlists" within the pywikipedia folder. It thus has different functionalities depending on the operating system.


The syntax for this script is:


This will produce a watchlist file for the current wiki.


Name Function
-all reloads watchlists for all wikis where a watchlist is already present
-new loads watchlists for all wikis referenced in; if you use your bot account on several different wikis, this parameter will look at your watchlist on all those wikis

Use cases[]

No actual use cases are known, or even imaginable.

Sample output[]


On a Windows machine, output is given within the cmd box itself, in the format:

STDOUT: Alonso Frame
STDOUT: Terence Woodfield
STDOUT: Skutloid
STDOUT: Amaryll

OS X[]

In Apple systems, output is in a separate file in a folder called "Watchlists" in the pywikipedia folder. It uses an even more unusual, but at least regular, format:

VAlonso Frame
aVTerence Woodfield

As can be seen, the letters aV appear before every entry, except for the first one, and the page numbers appear underneath. Why this format obtains is unclear.

It's also uncertain why, on Mac systems, the resultant file has a .dat extension. This is usually associated with video files, so Mac users have to force target the opening application to be something like TextEdit.

The utility of this list is therefore obscure. It doesn't even help you manage your watchlist, which can be more effectively done at Special:EditWatchlist/raw.