Warning: Any change to the sidebar will cause a rebuild of the whole wiki, since every page includes a copy that has to be updated. This can especially be a problem if the sidebar includes inline or map directives, since any changes to pages inlined or mapped onto the sidebar will change the sidebar and cause a full wiki rebuild.
I tried exactly that, namely having an inline in my sidebar to include an rss feed from some other side. I think the complete wiki rebuild should be doable every few days when a new article appears in that feed. But contrary to that warning there is no complete wiki rebuild, only the sidebar page is rebuilt by the "ikiwiki --aggregate" from cron. Is that a bug or a feature?
I needed to include inline directives into sidebars at different site sections to generate a dynamically updated navigation - very nice when combined with toggles - and I ran into the very same problem. I tried the map directive instead, but found I wouldn't like to re-style everything and also was missing the ability to make use of the show=title variable giving me meta titles where needed without taking the cost of rebuild with every page edit.
Then I came across the tip to include the quick=yes variable with the inline directive, where it is described as not showing page titles included with the meta-directive, and I thought, well if it lets me have it only this way, maybe I can restrain from using meta titles.
But to my surprise, even with the quick=yes variable included into the inline directive in the sidebars meta titles still are shown, no more forced rebuild when editing via cgi, which is amazing, but maybe it should be noted somewhere. One more time ikiwiki showed its bright face, thank you. --Boris
How to use a different sidebar and its own CSS for SubPages under a certain directory? -- Joe