January 17, 2003
Anyone seen my stuff?

I posted a couple of entries yesterday afternoon, and was rather dismayed to see that they never made it onto my main page. After dinking around unsuccessfully, I finally posted a message to the Movable Type support forum. A few other people who also use DreamHost piped up to say they were having the same problem.

Turns out DreamHost did some server shuffling, and my MT install was moved to a different cluster (which I determined by running mt-check.cgi). I also discovered this morning that I couldn't log in to MT. I wound up ftp'ing in to download MT.cfg so I could fix the clustername in the database path. That got me in. On the advice of a support forum poster, I've removed the cluster name from the Local Site Path in my blog config - that is, instead of


I now have


I need to go back and fix this in MT.cfg as well, since it points to the location of my database.

Anyway, the upshot is that I'll be reposting what I lost later (the backup is at home). It appears that a couple of comments from yesterday afternoon got lost as well, so if you don't see the comment you left, I didn't delete them. I will try to recover them as well, but I don't think I'll be successful there as I don't have a backup of them. Sorry about that.

Things should be back to normal (such as that is) today.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on January 17, 2003 to Blog stuff | TrackBack

You technical types just slay me.

Posted by: B. K. Oxley (binkley) on January 17, 2003 8:43 AM

I thought the updates were just showing up because you'd edited a post (a misfeature that's fixed in 2.5).

Posted by: Ginger on January 17, 2003 9:22 AM

You just convinced me that I did the write thing by never moving off Blogspot...

Posted by: R. Alex on January 17, 2003 2:58 PM

Alex, I had way more problems on Blogspot than I've ever had on my own domain, and unlike Blogger/Blogspot I can get actual useful help when I have a problem. Believe me, I'd never go back.

Posted by: Charles Kuffner on January 17, 2003 3:19 PM

I dunno, what happened to Chuck could have happened to anyone who doesn't own their own server (says the woman whose server sits under her desk). If you don't own your server space, you don't get any say in how it's run. That's true on Blogspot too.

Even then, you're still subject to the vagaries of net connection. Sure, SW Bell comes out here and fixes things when a tree falls on our DSL, but we're still SOL until they can get out here and fix it.

There's always something you can't control. On Blogspot, "something" is everything.

Posted by: Ginger on January 18, 2003 12:26 PM