edittemplate directive is supplied by the [[!iki plugins/edittemplate desc=edittemplate]] plugin.
This directive allows registering template pages, that provide default
content for new pages created using the web frontend. To register a
template, insert a [[ikiwiki/directive/template]] directive on some other page.
\[[!edittemplate template="bugtemplate" match="bugs/*"]]
In the above example, the page named "bugtemplate" is registered as a
template to be used when any page named "bugs/*" is created. To avoid
the directive displaying a note about the template being registered, add
Often the template page contains a simple skeleton for a particular type of
page. For the bug report pages in the above example, it might look
The template page can also contain [[!cpan HTML::Template]] directives,
like other ikiwiki [[templates]]. Currently only one variable is
<TMPL_VAR name> is replaced with the name of the page being
It's generally not a good idea to put the
edittemplate directive in
the template page itself, since the directive would then be included as
part of the template on new pages, which would then in turn be registered
as templates. If multiple pages are registered as templates for a new page,
an arbitrary one is chosen, so that could get confusing.
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