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Sunday, October 8, 2006

Fourmilog upgrades to Movable Type 3.33

Despite the crystalline neutronium shield of the Fourmilab firewall, one still worries about security advisories, and so I finally decided to update the content management system used to maintain Fourmilog to version 3.33 of Movable Type. This went more or less as expected, but with the following speed bumps.

The configuration file for the new version of Movable Type has removed all of the commented out items for non-default configurations. This may lead you to conclude that Netpbm image processing of thumbnails has been removed. This is not the case; simply copy your ImageDriver NetPBM and NetPBMPath statements into the new configuration file and all will be well (I think; I haven't tried this). Since the Movable Type folks appear to be strongly pushing us toward ImageMagick, I decided to fold and installed the “ImageMagick-perl“ package required to support it.

When you install the new release of Movable Type, you will probably also want to create an empty file with the logical name:

If you don't, you'll see an error message in your HTTP log every time somebody tries to access one of your Movable Type pages.

I couldn't find a suitable “powered by” logo for Movable Type 3.3, so I made my own; it's in the public domain as far as I'm concerned and you're free to use it as you like.

Posted at October 8, 2006 01:46