update: Just so everyone knows, what you’re currently looking at is in fact the new server, with full archives. I pulled the DNS swap (I didn’t find out about modifying local host files until too late) and managed to export my entries. I’m running Berkely DB, just to clear that up — since I was re-installing anyway, I started fooling around with MySQL, but I’m just way too busy to wrap my mind around it right now. Maybe when things settle down.
Disappearing comments are thanks to the server switch. The last 10 to 15 comments are out of sync between the two, although it seems most are seeing the new server now. I’ll lose a few in the process, but oh well.
There are still a few bits and pieces on this site that 404, but I’ll be .htaccessing everything that I can, and fixing links where I can’t. Links to previous posts should still work. More problem-solving once propogation hits my neck of the woods.
So here’s the latest. Apparently you can’t, in fact, drop an entire Movable Type install on a new server and expect things to just work out. In fact, it looks like even though I have my various databases backed up in full, multiple times, I have no way of actually getting that data back into Movable Type. I didn’t try the proper internal ‘export entries’ method from MT before the DNS switch, and now I can’t because the name server resolves here.
What to do? Well, for a while anyway I’ll be jumping back to the other server. Once it propagates out my way, I’ll try a proper export then hop back here.
Since DNS switches are anything but instantaneous, this will take another few days. I’m starting to feel like I’m running around in circles here.
On the bright side, most of the static content on this site has been converted to PHP, so (hopefully) the process of rebuilding the weblog data and re-pointing old archive links to the new equivalents will be quick. Once I have that data. If I can get it.
Any suggestions? I’m all ears.