PmWiki pages are organized into groups of related pages. This feature was added to PmWiki to allow authors to create their own wiki spaces of specialized content on their own, without having to become, or rely on, wiki administrators. See Pm(approve sites)'s post(approve sites) to the pmwiki-users mailing list.
By default, page links are between pages of the same group; to create a link to a page in another group, add the name of the other group and a dot or slash to the page name. For example, links to Main/WikiSandbox could be written as:
To link to the default home page of a group, the name of the page can be omitted, like this:
Creating a new group is as easy as creating new pages; simply edit an existing page to include a link to the new group's default home page (or any page in the new group) then click on the '?' to edit the page. As a rule, group names must start with a letter (but this can be changed by the wiki administrator by adding
For example, to make a default page in the group Foo, create a link to [[Foo/]] (or [[Foo.]]).
Groups in a standard PmWiki distribution
Special Pages in a Group
Each group can also have Group Header or Group Footer pages that contain text to be automatically prepended or appended to every page in the group. A group can also have a Group Attributes page that defines attributes (read and edit passwords) shared by all pages within the group.
Each page can also have its own individual read/edit password that overrides the group passwords (see Passwords).
Group's default page
The default "start page" for a group is a page whose name can be:
You can usefully change the default search order for an entered page name by setting the variable
where "$1" is the name of the page entered.
If you are setting
Note that the order of the definitions of these variables (
As noted above, when linking to the default home page, authors can omit the page name and simply identify the group followed by a forward slash ([[Foo/]]).
Note the forward slash is required to ensure that the link unambiguously points to the identified group.
No, PmWiki does not have subpages. Pm's reasons for not having subgroups are described at PmWiki:Hierarchical Groups, but it comes down to not having a good page linking syntax. If you create a link or pagename like
Restricting the creation of new groups
You can set PmWiki's
With this setting, only the listed groups will be considered valid WikiGroups. You can add more groups to the list by placing additional group names separated by pipes (|).
How can I get rid of the 'Main' group in urls for pages pointing to Main?
How can I limit the creation of new groups?
Why doesn't [[St. Giles and St. James]] work as a link? (It doesn't display anything.)
Because it contains periods, and destroys PmWiki's file structure, which saves pages as Group.PageName. Adding those periods disrupts this format. Links may only contain words. If you need a link precisely as shown, the page must be named eg StGilesAndStJames? then you can use the (:title:) directive to have the page's title appear with periods (:title St. Giles and St. James:). (Although in US grammar the period is often omitted and in UK grammar the period must be(approve sites) omitted for contractions like St).
How can I delete a wiki group?
Normally you can't, as this requires an admin with server-side access to delete the file that makes up the group's RecentChanges page. But there is an option method of making it possible to delete RecentChanges pages from within the wiki if the admin enables the code found on Cookbook:RecentChanges Deletion.
Normally you can't, as this requires an admin with server-side access to delete a file. But there is an optional method of making it possible to delete RecentChanges pages from within the wiki if the admin enables the code found on Cookbook:RecentChanges Deletion.
Can I delete a wiki group inside wiki.d folder on the server to eliminate the group?
Yes, if you delete all files named YourGroup?.*, the pages from that group will be removed from the wiki. Note that the documentation (group PmWiki) and the site configuration (groups Site and SiteAdmin) that exist in the default installation, are located in wikilib.d and not in wiki.d, and some recipes provide files located in a wikilib.d subdirectory in the cookbook directory. (You shouldn't delete the groups Site and SiteAdmin, required for normal function.)
How can I list all pages in a WikiGroup?