Links: 2005-09-28

Links: 2005-09-20

Finished!!! (I think)

Well now that all of the entries are imported, the styles added, and the extras in place, I think the migration to MovableType 3.2 is complete. I’m using a totally different database method to work around the whole DBI module issue with my hosting provider, and I think this will be AOK. Let me know what you think about the new look!


As you can see my second and somewhat more convoluted attempt to upgrade to 3.2 is underway. I have the site functional, however the template additions I made have not been brought over yet. I plan on tackling this soon, and everything should be back to normal.

Well that was nasty.

As you can see the upgrade to 3.2 failed horribly. I was eager to install the new version in all its glory, so I followed the upgrade instructions, converted my mt.cfg to the new mt-config.cgi format, uploaded all of the new files nice and neat, and then ran mt-check to see if everything checked out. I get an error that the wonderful perl module DBI is not installed. Normally that wouldn’t be a problem except that DBI is now needed for MovableType to interface with SQL databases in 3.2. As this site is on a shared server, I call CIHost in hopes that the powers that be can either install DBI (not likely) or move me to a server that does. I try and the only possible resolution they have is that they would gladly move my account to a dedicated server so I can install DBI for . So I try and go to the mt admin page anyway in hopes that it would work. It doesn’t, and crashes with a TON of errors blabbing about not being able to use DBI. Now here’s the kicker: When SixApart released the new version, they removed all links to the old version from their website, and since I didn’t have a copy of the old version on my local machine I was between a rock and a hardplace. I tried the forums to see if I could convert the database to BerkleyDB which would work without the infamous DBI module with no response. So I scoured google and found a few souls who still had the code for 3.17 on their site, and downloaded it. I renamed my mt folder and then installed a fresh full copy of 3.17 on, then copied over my mt.cfg and password file, and we’re back and running. WAY too much time over a silly module, but those are the breaks. I might try and export my entries and import them in a BerkleyDB implementation as a side exercise but this has left me a little drained. Time to start thinking about a new hosting provider at the end of this term (April). Any recommendations for mt-friendly hosts will be appreciated.

Upgrading to MT 3.2

Today I will be upgrading the site to MovableType 3.2, so please be patient as there might be some intermittent connectivity problems.