Our MediaWiki installation is auto-linking the word "files". So

Here are some files: a, b, c

would result in the word "files" being linked to http://ourhost/mediawiki/files.

Why is that happening and how do I make it stop? I can use the nowiki tag, but perhaps it does not surprise you that the word "files" appears often, and it is aggravating to use that tag all the time.

Here is some info on our MediaWiki installation from Special:Version. Yes, it's old.

Installed software

Product Version

MediaWiki 1.16.5

PHP 5.2.14-pl0-gentoo (apache2handler)

MySQL 5.0.84

Installed extensions

Parser hooks GoogleDocs4MW (Version 1.1) Adds tag for Google Docs' spreadsheets display Jack Phoenix SyntaxHighlight (Version Provides syntax highlighting using GeSHi Highlighter Brion Vibber, Tim Starling, Rob Church and Niklas Laxström

WebServiceSequenceDiagram(Version 1.0) Render inline sequence diagrams using websequencediagrams.com Eddie Olsson Other MWSearch MWSearch plugin Kate Turner and Brion Vibber

Extension functions efLucenePrefixSetup

Parser extension tags gallery, googlespreadsheet, html, nowiki, pre, sequencediagram, source and syntaxhighlight

Parser function hooks anchorencode, basepagename, basepagenamee, defaultsort, displaytitle, filepath, formatdate, formatnum, fullpagename, fullpagenamee, fullurl, fullurle, gender, grammar, int, language, lc, lcfirst, localurl, localurle, namespace, namespacee, ns, nse, numberingroup, numberofactiveusers, numberofadmins, numberofarticles, numberofedits, numberoffiles, numberofpages, numberofusers, numberofviews, padleft, padright, pagename, pagenamee, pagesincategory, pagesize, plural, protectionlevel, special, subjectpagename, subjectpagenamee, subjectspace, subjectspacee, subpagename, subpagenamee, tag, talkpagename, talkpagenamee, talkspace, talkspacee, uc, ucfirst and urlencode

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Well that's definitely not the normal behaviour of the MediaWiki syntax parsing. It must be caused by one of those extensions. All I can suggest is try disabling them one-by-one (comment out the include in LocalSettings.php) to figure out which extension is causing it to do this.

  • Sadly, I don't have admin access to the box.
    – dfrankow
    Commented Oct 17, 2012 at 16:23
  • Well if you have FTP access (or some other file browsing access) you can download LocalSettings.php, change it, and re-upload. ...But if you can't change any files then you're unlikely to be able to fix anything.
    – Harry Wood
    Commented Oct 19, 2012 at 10:34
  • Agreed. However, if I could find out what it is without changing anything, I could pass that info on to the admins, and they could fix it.
    – dfrankow
    Commented Oct 20, 2012 at 17:41

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