<Inktvlek> is there any logic in the subdirs in "upload/" ? <Duesentrieb> Inktvlek: the names of the subdirs are derived from an md5 checksum of the file name. <Inktvlek> so can I externally upload images to the server? <Duesentrieb> Inktvlek: well, you can upload them vis FTP or so, but MediaWiki won't know about them. You would have to create the appropriate entries in the database too. <Duesentrieb> best write a script to fill the image table, and create the respective pages in the image namespace, too. <Duesentrieb> Inktvlek: or you could enable external images. You would then be able to directly include images from anywhere, including some place on your server. <Duesentrieb> I'm not supre about the details (syntax, etc) though <Inktvlek> would it be easier to write a script that uses the upload page? <Inktvlek> a bot rather <Duesentrieb> you meight be able to mis-use that feature... but that would probably require some hacking. <Duesentrieb> Inktvlek: easier, yes, especially as there are already bots for that (pybot has an upload feature, for instance) <Duesentrieb> but it would also be a lot slower. <Inktvlek> Duesentrieb, one last question (I realised that the actual script you proposed we should write is not *that* hard to write), is the md5 derived sub-dir really necessary? <Duesentrieb> Inktvlek: no, not unless you have soo many files that the file system would refuse to put them in a sinlge directory. <Duesentrieb> There's an option for a "flat" structure somewhere... at least there was. <Duesentrieb> yea, there it is: <Duesentrieb> $wgHashedUploadDirectory= false; <Duesentrieb> Inktvlek: have a look at http://pywikipediabot.sourceforge.net/ <Duesentrieb> Inktvlek: here's an upload script (perl): http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:File_upload_service/Script <Duesentrieb> that would proably be the easiest way... <Inktvlek> You're the man! Thank you!