The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

14 December 2002

One of those days (Part 2)

At some ill-defined point between Then and Now, my Web host made the curious decision to (1) drop a Perl module essential to the operation of Movable Type and (2) tell no one about it. The easy fix, of course, would be to set up an extlib and install a copy of the module there, but since when have I ever done anything the easy way?

So I backed up the 500 or so files in the archives (itself a tedious chore) and decided to install the 2.51 upgrade and the extlib. This actually worked on the seventh, maybe eighth try, after I'd wrecked my directory structure two or three times trying to get everything to fall into its canonical position. I really think installing 2.21 originally was easier than doing this upgrade. Your mileage, of course, may vary.

If nothing else, staring at this screen for however many hours today has (temporarily) cured me of the notion that I'm overdue for a redesign.

Posted at 7:25 PM to Blogorrhea

I posted about this on my log, too. Mystifying that our host (I'm guessing you have the same one I do), would not bother to post an announcement about something with such far-reaching consequences as changing the perl modules. However, I doubt I will carry through on my threat to switch hosts, as I'm just too lazy to do all the work that would entail.

Posted by: Beth at 9:18 PM on 14 December 2002

I left a comment for tech support. It will be interesting to see what, if anything, comes out of this.

Last time they had CGI issues, some bloggers (notably A Small Victory) moved away; I suspect this incident will cost them quite a few more.

Posted by: CGHill at 9:29 PM on 14 December 2002

Same thing happened to me. Luckily, I didn't realize there was a problem until this afternoon, by which time a solution had been discovered.

I've always been satisfied with Dreamhost, but I will admit the service has never seemed very Movable Type friendly. The "procwatch" issue that pops up during full rebuilds of the MT database has proven quite annoying.

Posted by: Jeff at 9:40 PM on 14 December 2002

I truly appreciate all that go you through to bring us your wonderful page each day. I am not being facetious at all :) Thank you.

Posted by: ms7168 at 6:16 AM on 15 December 2002

Yeah, that'll make you say "Looks OK for now..."

Posted by: Scott Chaffin at 2:02 PM on 15 December 2002