https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=59857

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            Bug ID: 59857
           Summary: mode in which update.php only prints actual DB changes
           Product: MediaWiki
           Version: unspecified
          Hardware: All
                OS: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: enhancement
          Priority: Unprioritized
         Component: Maintenance scripts
          Assignee: wikibugs-l@lists.wikimedia.org
          Reporter: sp...@wikimedia.org
    Classification: Unclassified
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Our team has a `make master` command to update a MediaWiki server to master
which we run dozens of times a day. We want to know the 0.5% of the time that
it makes DB changes.  So I want this to run update.php but only output actual
DB changes, not 230 lines of "... already exists/already set/already logged as
completed"

Unfortunately both "... already done it" and "OMG changed something" messages
go through the same output() function, so --quiet shuts both off.  The best I
can do is pipe output through sed -n '/^[^.]/p to strip lines starting with
dot, but that still outputs some irrelevant lines
  Depending on the size of your database this may take a while!
  Turning off Content Handler DB fields for this part of upgrade.
  Content Handler DB fields should be usable now.
  Done in 0:01.

I propose --quiet output any actual DB change lines rather than suppress them. 
I think that's simpler than adding another flag like --report ("when --quiet
set, still print out any database changes"), but the latter would be fine.

This is similar to bug 22753 and bug 32508.

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