mediawiki2latex converts MediaWiki markup to LaTeX and, via LaTeX, to PDF. It can be used to export pages from any project running MediaWiki, such as Wikipedia. It is also possible to generate epub and odt output files.
You may test mediawiki2latex under the following url
Installation on Ubuntu[Bearbeiten]
sudo apt-get install mediawiki2latex mediawiki2latex
Currently version 7.30 is available from the Ubuntu package repositories. That version does not work properly with tables on recent installations of MediaWiki. To resolve the issues you may follow the instruction for the installation of version 7.31 which are given for Debian below, but also apply for Ubuntu. Since you usually can not login as root on Ubuntu systems you have to run the given command as your normal user but with a preceding "sudo " in order to get the necessary privileges to install new software on your system.
Installation on Debian[Bearbeiten]
mediawiki2latex is included in the Debian Stretch distribution and works out of the box, but the output is limited to a few pages. To work around this problem you should install mediawiki2latex version 7.31 in Stretch. Please install mediawiki2latex version 7.25 first by typing (as root).
apt-get install mediawiki2latex
Then install the build time dependencies (as root).
apt-get install ghc libghc-x509-dev libghc-pem-dev apt-get install libghc-regex-compat-dev libghc-http-dev cabal-install libghc-hxt-dev apt-get install libghc-split-dev libghc-blaze-html-dev libghc-file-embed-dev apt-get install libghc-highlighting-kate-dev libghc-hxt-http-dev libghc-regex-pcre-dev apt-get install libghc-temporary-dev libghc-url-dev libghc-utf8-string-dev apt-get install libghc-utility-ht-dev libghc-http-conduit-dev libghc-happstack-server-dev apt-get install libghc-directory-tree-dev libghc-zip-archive-dev libghc-strict-dev apt-get install libghc-network-uri-dev apt-get install ghostscript calibre latex2rtf libreoffice
Download mediawiki2latex version 7.31 from sourceforge. Extract the archive and run (as root in the directory in which you extracted the archive from sourceforge)
Installation on other OS[Bearbeiten]
I recommend to use virtualbox or an other kind of virtual machine and run Ubuntu in there. The program itself is already larger than Ubuntu, so installing Ubuntu does not add much overhead. The large size of the program is due to the many dependencies for latex packages and fonts, and the way they are packaged. In total a bit more than 1 GByte of packages has to be downloaded during the installation on Ubuntu. The .tar.gz archive of the source code is also available on sourceforge.
see the User Manual
Command Line Version[Bearbeiten]
A command line version is currently available as part of the Stretch debian distribution, as well as the current ubuntu distribution.
LaTeX intermediate Code[Bearbeiten]
On Linux you can use the -c command line option with an absolute pathname.
To see it in action look here: Datei:Wb2latexCompilingWikibook2PDF.ogg
The follwing Link Benutzer:Dirk Huenniger/wb2pdf/details explains some of the inner workings of the software.
Quality and Statistics[Bearbeiten]
A test run in October 2014 processing 4369 featured articles of the English Wikipedia did produce a PDF file in each case. In particular these were all featured articles we were able to find at the beginning of the test.