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Item3471: Jump feature broken when a web does not have the WebTopicCreator topic

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Engine   Urgent Closed   patch 4.1.1

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It seems the new feature for jump fails when you want to create a new topic.

It searches for WebTopicCreator within same web instead.

And when you upgrade an older TWiki you do not have this topic in every web.

The result is that TWiki suggests to create WebTopicCreator as topic.

This is very bad and our first bug item for 4.1.1


For some reason this ended in closed. Now it is open. And a critical bug which makes upgrading an extra pain



Simply copy the WebTopicCreator.txt file from the TWiki web into each of your old Web directories. Then it all works fine.


I just noticed a related usability issue: If there are many topics in the web it takes ages until the create topic screen loads because of the number of parents to choose from. Probably good to offer two links in the "not found" screen:

  • one for quick create (with question mark link)
  • and one via the web topic creator topic

-- PTh

Are you actioning this Peter?

You did the WebTopicCreator change.

We need this fixed fast for 4.1.1


I suggest to go back to INCLUDE WebTopicCreator in WebTopicViewTemplate, but with a twist: a conditional INCLUDE. The "Create" link links to the same "DoesNotExist" topic but adds ?create=on to the url. Then the 'normal' WebTopicViewTemplate page is hidden and the included "create page" shown.


Problem: it is not possible to INCLUDE a topic using IF if the topic contains quotes. Bummer.

Update: found a workaround.


Merged into TWiki04x01


Summary Jump feature broken when a web does not have the WebTopicCreator topic
ReportedBy TWiki:Main.KennethLavrsen
Codebase 4.1.0, ~twiki4
SVN Range TWiki-4.1.0, Mon, 15 Jan 2007, build 12567
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Priority Urgent
CurrentState Closed

Checkins 12648 12655
TargetRelease patch
ReleasedIn 4.1.1
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Topic revision: r17 - 2007-02-05 - JasonHill
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