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mt-rebuild: rebuilding movabletype from the command line

My attempt yesterday at doing a full rebuild ended in pathetic failure as the normal load on the machine plus the Rebuild process meant that the page never got to the second stage. This was clearly a problem with timeouts on the web browser (through which MT is 100% controlled) because of the speed at which the process happened, rather than the process itself. So I spent some time today looking for a way to manage MovableType from the command line. I had done this before a few weeks ago but didn't get anywhere, this time I had more luck and I quickly found Timothy's excellent mt-rebuild: The rebuild script to end all rebuild scripts, which solved my problem (it did take a few hours to do a full rebuild though, which has nothing to do with the script and everything to do with the machine's load and speed) with a simple command of the form " -mode="all" -blog_id=xx". Only comment I'd have is that it doesn't seem to have a switch to provide feedback, so you don't know what's going on, but so what, it's not as if it's a consumer application or anything.

Yes, this is old hat (release date was almost a year ago) but I missed it when it came out and we know how it is with the web and its tendency to bury yesterday's news under a new avalanche of discussion, comments, posts, news, and other interesting stuff :).

This is exactly what I needed, thanks Timothy for making it available!! His other MT plugins are pretty cool too, including mt-publish-on, which I'll check it out when I have the time, since I've talked about something like it before.

Good stuff.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on February 2, 2004 at 10:04 PM

the 2.6 linux kernel

[via Jon] a great article at InfoWorld comparing versions 2.4 and 2.6 of the Linux kernel. Upsides of the new kernel: speed and scalability. Downsides: Not much support for drivers, etc. The benchmark results are really impressive. I guess that it was worth the wait then. :)

Posted by diego on February 2, 2004 at 4:44 PM

my wired | tired | expired

Since I thought the latest wired | tired | expired (which I linked to in the previous entry) was pretty lame, I decided to write my own. :) Here it goes.
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Categories: technology
Posted by diego on February 2, 2004 at 11:18 AM

tired (!wired)

Yes, the !wired reads NOTwired.

tired.bed.gifI went to sleep late today as usual but I had this idea that I'd actually have a decent sleep this time, "like eight hours or something like that" (I thought). Well, my biorhythm thought otherwise, and I woke up two hours later and immediately was wide awake. So I got up and started working. What else could I do? (Don't say "go back to sleep" :)). The plus is, I've been listening to Rachmaninoff (and some Beethoven) which I can't do while asleep, not enjoying it consciously at least. :)

And, yes, the title is in reference to this. (But you knew that, didn't you).

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on February 2, 2004 at 10:37 AM

blogtip: pinging technorati and yahoo

A small tip, probably not new to most, but anyway: It is common to have weblog tools "ping" a change-server such as This is used by blog-oriented search engines to both find your blog and provide faster updates. MovableType includes, built-in "ping" support for and However, you can also add your own. Jeremy recently posted how to do it for Yahoo! (very useful now that My Yahoo! supports RSS) and you can do it for Technorati as well, using the information in this page.

When I have time over the next few weeks I'll post a follow up to my introduction to weblogs and introduction to syndication, which have turned out to be quite popular. Sounds like a good idea to write down incrementally which of the more "advanced" topics would be in it. :)

Posted by diego on February 2, 2004 at 9:11 AM

what went wrong?

One year after Colin Powell's presentation to the UN prior to the war, the New York Times revisits the claims Powell made and how they hold up to what has actually been found so far, going all the way from the "imminent danger of WMD" to the newly en-vogue doublespeak phrase "weapons of mass destruction program-related activities." On this side of the Atlantic, the Guardian has some news in relation to all this just as it seems that an investigation will be launched in the US to look at what went wrong with the asessment of the US intelligence community (predictably enough, the results would be known after the US elections, and the panel would study problems in other areas too, such as Iran or North Korea, presumably to avoid admitting that Iraq was the biggest failure of all, with the most serious consequences). About Iraq, I remember that others, including French, Russian, and Germans, agreed with many US and UK intelligence estimates in this regard (although they didn't read it in such alarming terms). I think that this will be a wake-up call to all intelligence agencies and governments. Obviously Cold-War-style intelligence gathering doesn't quite work anymore... but what will take its place?

Update: a good Washington Post article with more on the topic, along with an Editorial, and a CNN article on a similar push for an inquiry in the UK.

Categories: geopolitics
Posted by diego on February 2, 2004 at 1:27 AM

microsoft and google

Still catching up on some of yesterday's articles that I left open for reading later (does it show?). From the New York Times comes the shocking (shocking I tellsya!) revelation that Microsoft is taking on Google. Seriously though, quote:

"We took an approach that I now realize was wrong,'' [Bill Gates] said of his company's earlier decision to ignore the search market. But, he added pointedly, "we will catch them.'"
"We will catch them." Simple and to the point, don't you think? The comparisons with Netscape are the order of the day of course. Yahoo! gets a short mention (less than what it deserves IMO, after all, they are probably the one company aside from MS that has the technology reach and depth in the area to be a big factor, as they are in fact today--AOL doesn't quite have the tech know-how to make the list, even if they have the millions of users. Still, there's a few other interesting tidbits of information in the article that make it worth reading.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on February 2, 2004 at 12:21 AM

on nanotech

An article in the Washington Post on nanotechnology. A good read, even though if (as usual) compressing topics like these to a few pages invariably creates some oversimplifications. Reminded me of this too.

Categories: science
Posted by diego on February 2, 2004 at 12:15 AM

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