My goal is to have a whole wiki conversion to an edocument that users can refer to offline and redistribute. There is a lot of useful general information on there besides the Whonix specific parts and it would be a shame to have it rely on the servers being up or very advanced non-practical requirements like settings your own webserver/mediawiki instance just to be able to access this information.
Limited Extensions (won't work):
pdfbook - has the limitations you mentioned of converting categories. Nothing more unless you create a category that is a superset of everything else we have.
collection - has the problem of allowing some arbitrary chosen pages to be backed up on demand. No automated whole wiki solution.
pdfexport - very limited. Single page conversion only.
(Potential Solutions) Replacement extension recommended http://www.gossamer-threads.com/lists/wiki/wikitech/437720 in place of the defunct DumpHTML one:
What is interesting too: This file was generated in less than 2 weeks
thanks to multiples recent innovations:
* The Parsoid (cluster), which gives us an HTML output with additional
semantic RDF tags
* mwoffliner, a nodejs script able to dumps pages based on the Mediawiki
API (and Parsoid API)
* zimwriterfs, a solution able to compile any local HTML directory to a
Thats a start and a great soltution for the Parsoid output conversion to an ebook format is the pandoc converter package which supports a lot of formats and can be run locally like any other program. Pandoc supports MediaWiki markup: http://pandoc.org