Workflow shortcut and wiki enhancements

December 4, 2006

Today we’re announcing four, albeit minor, new features active immediately. Actually, a few of them have been active for a while, but weren’t tested enough to be announced.

Close tickets via commit message
Save a step in your workflow and close tickets when you actually close them, when you commit! You can now close tickets by saying, for example, “closed #49” or “closes ticket:103” anywhere in your commit message. Here’s the list of “close” keyword variants that can be used before either form of ticket Trac link:


This will also automatically reference the changeset and ticket with each other via wiki links. You can also just get the referencing without closing the ticket by using these keywords before a ticket link:


Put up a splash page for unauthorized users
For projects that don’t allow anonymous WIKI_VIEW, but want to show something to anonymous users besides a Forbidden error, you can now create a wiki page called WikiSplash that will be displayed in place of the Forbidden message.

You can use this to tell the unauthorized users what they’re missing, or to tell them how they can get permission to the project. It could also be used to simply redirect users to the login page for convenience (see below).

Redirect users from anything to anything
We’ve installed the TracRedirect macro, which will allow you to redirect Javascript-enabled users to just about anywhere else in Trac. You can use this to alias wiki pages that have been moved or renamed, or help ease the issue of ticket duplication. It includes backlinks so you can still get to the original page after being redirected.

Using the macro is as simple as this:


The format is always a qualified Trac link in the type-colon-id format. The one exception is our login redirect that can be used in combination with the WikiSplash page. That would look like this:


Display a table of contents
We’ve also installed the TocMacro, which you can use to make a TracGuide-style table of contents menu for your pages. It uses the page’s own heading structure, so there’s no configuration. Just throw this on your wiki page:


If you want to display more than what’s on the current page, you can pass it a list of other wiki pages to build a menu from.

[[TOC(WikiStart, AnotherWikiPage, ProjectGuide)]]

There’s a few more configuration options available that you can read about here.

More to come, including export
The next thing on the list is project export, which will get you a dump of your repository and a hotcopy of your Trac environment. I know this has got to be the most requested feature, and I’m sorry it’s taken so long. You should see a link for it in the Admin in about a week. : )


16 Responses to “Workflow shortcut and wiki enhancements”

  1. Michael Says:

    Cool, thanks!

  2. Victor Rodrigues Says:

    Would be nice a login page at

    I entered at my devjavu project, but i’m not logged into this computer, and because i’m not logged, i do not have privileges to login =s

  3. Jeff Lindsay Says:

    I’m emailing you about this, Victor.

  4. The WikiSplash page is a really nice feature! Is it a plugin, or did you hack this yourself?

  5. Jeff Lindsay Says:

    A lot of our features are plugins, but the WikiSplash was one of the custom patches we did. Glad you like it!

  6. It would be nice to release it as a plugin… ;)

  7. Jeff Lindsay Says:

    It would, though I’m not sure the plugin system exposes what I’d need to put it in a plugin. Eventually I’ll get around to submitting our patches to Trac and see if they’ll incorporate them into the project itself.

  8. I would also be interested by these patches.

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