Whatever ( in Exile )

For when I break my Movable Type

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Temporary Relocation

So, yes, I'm having continuing problems with my new Movable Type installation. As I noted on the site, it keeps throwing up 500 Internal Server Errors for no particularly good reason -- it seems like MT4's rich text entry editor is insanely finicky and if you try to do anything other than what it wants to do, it will punish you severely. Since I can't seem to get to to not do that, I'm going to uninstall MT4 (after exporting what I have) and all other previous MT installs and then try again, although this time I'll probably do some fairly extensive test blogging away from the Whatever site first. While I'm doing that, I'll be writing my regular load of entries here.

I don't know how long that will be -- could be a day, could be a week, who knows. But I left a trail here (or am about to), so hopefully people will click through.

As for MT4, I'm annoyed with it but I'm willing to believe that at least some of the problems are because of me, not the software, which is why I want to try a totally clean install and see what happens then. I know at least one Six Apart principal is watching me thrash about and has offered help, which is awfully nice of him; I may take him up on it yet, but I want to see if I can figure it out first. I like what I've seen of MT4's functionality; I just want it to function for me for more than six hours in a row without breaking. We'll see what happens.

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See a lot of her mother in that girl.

It's the competent bat handling.

She really should have a cricket bat for proper geek cred.

She so totally looks like her momma there. :)

Your experience has certainly put me off upgrading any time soon. Thanks for being a public guinea pig, John!

I live to serve.

Be aware I've seen other people upgrade to MT4 with no problems at all, whereas I've had problems with almost every MT install I've done (four or five now). I may just be cursed.

It boils down to the fact that Perl scares me, as does anything that runs on it. I agree with you in general though, about not having a blog that is entirely served with dynamic pages, so I'm sticking with them for now. Once you iron out the install bugs, it seems to run smooth. But my recurring nightmare is an internal server 500 error page. I ran into those constantly when first setting up our install.

Yup. Those are currently the bane of my existence.

Good luck with the clean install. Clean installs are usually much better, but they do take longer and are a pain in the ass because you have to configure everything from scratch.

I should hope Six Apart helps you out on this - after all, 30,000 people a day are watching this train wreck with horrified fascination, and their name is on the engine. ;)

Well, as noted, help has been offered; I'm just trying to figure it out on my own first. I can't go running to them for every little thing.

this is not your week man, I mean, first last night, now tonight. so, since last time was an angry angry goat, maybe you should go with an indignant horse, or a petulant cow perhaps. good luck with all that

I'll happily offer my pristine, gorgeous, virgina...

Oh damn.

I think you're screwed. Sorry.

Good luck with the re-install.

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