Global options#

Global arguments available for all bots:

-dir:PATH         Read the bot's configuration data from directory given
                  by PATH, instead of from the default directory.

-config:xyn       The user config filename. Default is

-lang:xx          Set the language of the wiki you want to work on,
                  overriding the configuration in user config file.
                  xx should be the site code.

-family:xyz       Set the family of the wiki you want to work on, e.g.
                  wikipedia, wiktionary, wikivoyage, ... This will
                  override the configuration in user config file.

-site:xyz:xx      Set the wiki site you want to work on, e.g.
                  wikipedia:test, wiktionary:de, wikivoyage:en, ... This
                  will override the configuration in user config file.

-user:xyz         Log in as user 'xyz' instead of the default username.

-daemonize:xyz    Immediately return control to the terminal and redirect
                  stdout and stderr to file xyz.
                  (only use for bots that require no input from stdin).

-help             Show this help text.

-log              Enable the log file, using the default filename
                  Logs will be stored in the logs subdirectory.

-log:xyz          Enable the log file, using 'xyz' as the filename.

-nolog            Disable the log file (if it is enabled by default).
                  Also disable command.log.

-maxlag           Sets a new maxlag parameter to a number of seconds.
                  Defer bot edits during periods of database server lag.
                  Default is set by

-putthrottle:n    Set the minimum time (in seconds) the bot will wait
-pt:n             between saving pages.

-debug:item       Enable the log file and include extensive debugging
-debug            data for component "item" (for all components if the
                  second form is used).

-verbose          Have the bot provide additional console output that may be
-v                useful in debugging.

-cosmeticchanges  Toggles the cosmetic_changes setting made in
-cc               or user config file to its inverse and overrules it.
                  All other settings and restrictions are untouched. The
                  setting may also be given directly like `-cc:True`;
                  accepted values for the option are `1`, `yes`, `true`,
                  `on`, `y`, `t` for True and `0`, `no`, `false`, `off`,
                  `n`, `f` for False. Values are case-insensitive.

-simulate         Disables writing to the server. Useful for testing and
                  debugging of new code (if given, doesn't do any real
                  changes, but only shows what would have been changed).
                  An integer or float value may be given to simulate a
                  processing time; the bot just waits for given seconds.

-<config var>:n   You may use all given numeric config variables as
                  option and modify it with command line.