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Movable Type 5.2 upgrade process

Posted on March 30, 2013 1:00 AM in

WordPress site  You can find this post in italian in the archived site lgiustini.wordpress.com.

When I've upgraded my copy of Movable Type to the version 5.2 a couple of months ago, I remember I had to say thanks publicly to Mihai Bocsaru of Pro IT Service for the fundamental help he gave to me: without him, I wouldn't probably upgrade no copy of MT, as several problems affected the upgrading process. That's time to do it.

In fact, there're many aspects to consider when upgrading MT, and several scripts to change and upgrade, in several parts. Without an expert mind, I think nobody could point out all these aspect particularly because they can vary from platform to platform, and from situation to situation ─ depending from your installation configuration. 

One point from which start is surely forums.movabletype.org. Here you can find solutions from the persone doing Movable Type, that's clearly the best solution.

In particular, I must thank Mihai for the Signing in stuck problem in comments (consult this post to have information on the whole problem and the related aspects): It was very hard to resolve this also because it was involving several other upgrades to do. But at least all went well.

Another problem you would encounter when upgrading is the inability to properly use the edit window under Firefox 16 or higher. Also for this problem there's a solution, and in this case it's the MT staff developer Takeshi Nick Osanai to furnish it: check the page named "Patch file for Firefox 16 users" to resolve the issue.

Happy Movable-typing!

Hello World (Movable Type 5 bugs)

Posted on October 16, 2010 3:57 PM in

WordPress site  You can find this post in italian in the archived site lgiustini.wordpress.com.

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This post started as a simple test entry to understand what's wrong with Movable Type 5.

I use movable Type since it existed and I loved it.

Last week, I installed MT 4.34 over a MT Pro 4.25 installation that resisted for two years without problems (except for a 504 Gateway error when I try to update my Contacts page, ok: I never fixed that since I don't know why does so and how).

Something went wrong: the upgrade process apparently went perfectly, but when I accessed the Dashboard, I discovered the Edit fields (the ones letting you add and edit entries) simply disappeared. Dashboard, interface, settings and so on worked. But when you click on "Create New", you get a simple page where there isn't any text area to put text in.

So I posted some topics to Movable Type Forum to ask help, and Mike, gently as usual, tried to help, but without result. So I decided to try un upgrade to the newest version 5. Again, upgrade went correct, the data was there, but the entry area to update or add entries not.

Finally, discouraged and sad, I did some tests. I tried to copy a fresh copy of MT 5 over that I have on server. And in this phase, something happened: when I call the  mt.cgi, now it called mt-upgrade.cgi procedure and say that:

Time to Upgrade!

The following Movable Type components require upgrading or installation:

* Professional Pack Version 1.53
* Community Pack Version 1.72


But when I click on the Upgrade button, it get stuck and nothing appears, only the dynamic bar (it's a gif....).

Not clear what's wrong, but now I discovered that the problem could rely on the addons/commercial and community packs. So I deleted them from the server and *puf*, the Edit area now appeared! I apparently can use all.

I uploaded the addons dir again, and again, it appeared "Time to Upgrade!" ..

So now, I'm in doubt about what to do. If I upload this "packs" directory onto the server, MT thinks he must upgrade something in that addons. It isn't so (since they come from the latest version of MT!). But If I don't do that, I think something will happen of not specifically good in the future - even if I don't know what....

It's really necessary the directory addons/commercial.pack?

Any hint wil be deeply appreciated!


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Something changed

Posted on May 23, 2005 11:41 PM in

WordPress site  You can find this post in italian in the archived site lgiustini.wordpress.com.

Just a reminder :)

It would be funny if I should write here some feelings of mine. I won't do. :)

Btw: received some mail recently? If not, tell me. I will do. :)

Gained tremendous momentum...

Posted on December 22, 2004 1:57 PM in

WordPress site  You can find this post in italian in the archived site lgiustini.wordpress.com.

Blogging has gained tremendous momentum on the Internet, enabling millions to share their lives and thoughts with others. Blogging is all about communication - people are interested in other people's lives and want to share their own experiences and thoughts at the same time. A multimedia diary is a great starting point for sharing the experiences that make up your life.

From the presentation of the new Nokia Lifeblog 1.5 just downloadable also for the 6630 (coincidence)!

Joi's '1k friends' Orkut

Posted on December 20, 2004 12:04 AM in

WordPress site  You can find this post in italian in the archived site lgiustini.wordpress.com.

According to Orkut, Joi Ito can have only 1000 friends.

Ok, 64K it's enough for everybody..and so on. But, it's a though on real life compared to "online" life, is a limit of Orkut or is a limit of Social networks instead?

I think the last chance. It's a limit of social network implelementation and theory. Real life can't be simulated in all its various depects and aspects.

The Blogger's Sunday (#71)

Posted on June 28, 2004 3:00 PM in

WordPress site  You can find this post in italian in the archived site lgiustini.wordpress.com.

While I'm being reading a comment on the italian marketing blog IMlog (it), about Gmail 1GB resource, my attention has been captured by this excerpt on Lenna's blog:

Why the 90 percent of italian blogs threats political arguments? (on the other countries it's not so!) And why, of this 90, the 90 percent is on the left side? And those blogs that are not political, and want to thread other arguments, fail to publish not-so-ironical posts, or those who offer marketing lessons at a scarse level? Why on the other countries it simply doesn't happen?

I'm not sure elsewhere it's so..

Something more on Gmail: this Help page reports features and wishes, and a new site: Gmail forums.

But there's still nothing for a program that checks multiple Gmail accounts. It would be useful...

First post (aka: the 'all went well' one)!

Posted on May 2, 2004 1:00 AM in

WordPress site  You can find this post in italian in the archived site lgiustini.wordpress.com.

Hi to everyone out there!

This is my first post in english, I've just opened the blog!

Effectively, I've only installed Movable Type on a fresh site, because my italian weblog is here, blogging since may 2002! :)

Please write me if something doesn't work as it should (viewing, usability, mail or contacts, ..). Thanks.

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