Editing the Nekochan Wiki

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The Nekochan Wiki has been created to capture useful information about SGI systems and software, the ways in which people do or have used them, and to record answers to questions that appear frequently in the Nekochan Forums. Anybody is welcome to make changes to the wiki, but it is recommended that you spend some time in the forums to get a feel for the community and how the wiki is used before making any major changes.


  • Please avoid topics related to "pirating" commercial software, or the buying/selling/trading of same. Pages on these topics will be subject to removal. Companies, whether the original owners or patent trolls, crawl the 'Net regularly looking for their trademarks. If they find anything here they think might be actionable they will threaten the site owner with lawsuits, in which case he'll have to pull the plug and we'll lose this resource.
  • Before adding a page look through the page index to see if it already exists with a different name than what you had in mind. Doing a search is also a good idea. You may find that a topic you were going to add under Software: IRIX is already covered by a page in the HowTo category. (See the tutorial below for how to add a "redirect" page so that the topic can be found under both names.)
  • If you want to blog, use blogger.com
  • Spam is usually deleted within hours and the originator blocked, if you see spam on a topic, report it to the site owner. Use a subject like "wiki spam" and include a link to the page in question.
  • This wiki is about SGI. Topics should relate to SGIs in someway. We all use Linux/FreeBSD/Solaris/etc but there are much better places for information on non SGI topics.

Getting started

The very basics

  1. You need an account. The wiki uses separate user accounts, so you cannot use your Nekochan forum account.
  2. Click on the "log in" link at the top right of a page.
  3. In the dialog box, click on the "request one" link if you don't have an account yet.
  4. Enter your username and password, and login. You'll be returned to the page you were viewing, but you'll see your name and some other links at the top right of the page.
  5. To edit an existing page, once you're logged in you can go to that page and use the "edit" tab at the top of the page.
  6. You'll see a text editing box in the resulting web page, and the page content including the wiki markup.
  7. Edit the page contents.
  8. Enter a summary of your pages in the cleverly named "Summary" text box below the editing system.
  9. If you made a minor correction to the page, check the "this is a minor edit" checkbox.
  10. If you want to get email every time this page is changed, click on the "Watch this page" checkbox.
  11. If you're happy with everything, click on "Save page."
  12. If this was all a horrible mistake, click on the blue "Cancel" link to the right of the "Show changes" button.

  • To create a brand new page, Type "www.nekochan.net/wiki/Abc123" to create a new topic about Abc123... replace Abc123 with your topic name. Note that all wiki changes are patrolled. It will say something to the effect of "Abc123 not found do you want to create it? " Please search for topics before randomly creating pages that might already exist.

  • Never add a page without putting it into an existing category,
    adds this page to HowTo category. The wiki was once a mess and it took over two weeks everyday adding pages into categories to clean it up. If the page is not in a category the only way anyone will find it or read it is with the rarely used search.

Cheat sheet, Tutorial & Complete Manual for wiki markup

  • The complete manual of editing the wiki is available here: Help:Editing

Wiki Editing Tools



wikEd is a full-featured, in-browser text editor that adds enhanced text processing functions to MediaWiki edit pages. To install wikEd as a Firefox extension:

  1. Install the Greasemonkey add-on
  2. Install WikEd and enable it through the Greasemonkey preferences.

From now on, everytime you edit our wiki you will notice a different toolbar.



TextMate (open-source from v.2 onwards) is a text editor for MacOS X that features a MediaWiki bundle offering syntax highlighting, code completion, and other actions.

TextMate can be downloaded from macromates or github . The latest downloadable version from its website (TextMate_2.0-alpha.9475) includes the MediaWiki bundle. If you are building TextMate on your own, you should also get the MediaWiki bundle.



Notepad++ for Windows and its Wiki Editor plug-in offer a customizable toolbar for wiki code and a live preview of the article in the real MediaWiki site.