Upgrade to MT 4.2 and a new host

I moved the blawg between physical hosts and also changed the base URL from /blawg/ to just /, since that’s how all the Cool Kids do it and I wasn’t updating anything at all besides the blawg anyway.
I figured while I was breaking things, I might as well go all the way and switch to the RC4 for MovableType 4.2. I made an unpleasant discovery that while 4.1 will backup and restore, 4.2 will only backup. So I had to export my posts from the old installation (fine, wanted to do that anyway) then import them into 4.2, but as a result I lost some settings – my pretty green! – and also some spam comments got accidentally published.
So far, I’m actually not impressed with MT 4.2 – despite its vaunted speed, and the faster CPUs in the new host, it still took 27 minutes to do a full publish run. Then again, it was starting from complete scratch, so maybe next publishes will be faster.
Hopefully this won’t break MarsEdit! (It didn’t.)
Update:
Changed the base dir back. Damn second thoughts. Plus it broke RSS feeds. I’m too lazy to figure out the rewrite-fu required, plus I was worried about MT stomping on stuff in the base dir. Maybe some day I’ll do the reverse: redirect / to /blawg. And I have my green back, but not the BANPC blogroll at the side – I’ll fix that later.

2 Responses to “Upgrade to MT 4.2 and a new host”

  1. Jeremy says:

    Do you really need to republish everything every time?

  2. Mike says:

    Every time? No. But I had to this time, since I was changing hosts. And then when I changed the base URL back to what it had been anyway, I had to again. 27 minutes the first time, 26 the second. If 4.2 is really 100 times as fast, and I know this is faster hardware, I’m glad I never had to do a full republish under 4.1 on the old hardware.