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Backup and Restore

Full Backup / Restore

The best way to recover from data loss is to have a full backup of your machine. With this backup you can easily restore your machine to a working condition.

The procedure below explains how to selectively backup only the files essential to your MoinMoin installation. While there is no need to maintain both a full and a selective backup, having at least one of the two is strongly recommended.

Selective Backup

If you want a backup of MoinMoin and your data, then backup the following:

  • your data
  • moin configuration, e.g. wikiconfig.py
  • logging configuration, e.g. logging.conf
  • moin script, e.g. moin.wsgi
  • web server configuration, e.g. apache virtualhost config
  • optional: moin code + dependencies; you should at least know which version you ran, so you can reinstall that version when you need to restore

To create a dump of all data stored in moinmoin (wiki items, user profiles), run the following command:

moin save --all-backends --file backup.moin

Please note that this file contains sensitive data like user profiles, wiki contents, so store your backups in a safe place that no unauthorized individual can access.

Selective Restore

To restore all software and configuration files to their original place, create an empty wiki first:

moin moin -s -i  # -s = create new storage
                 # -i = create new index

To load the backup file into your empty wiki, run:

moin load --file backup.moin

Then build an index of the loaded data:

moin index-build