Well I finally managed to figure out some of the problems I’ve been having and upgrade both MySQL and Drupal.
As you will notice, the site theme has changed as a result, and it’ll probably take me a while to get things straight.
The route that I took in the end was to use mysqldump to back up the entire database, upgrade to MySQL 5, and restore the database from the dump. This seemed to work fine and left me with a working database with my existing 4.7.0 install of Drupal.
I then upgraded Drupal in stages from 4.7.0 -> 4.7.6 -> 5.0 -> 5.1, running update.php at each stage. A bit laborious perhaps, but it worked without a hitch.
Thanks to D’Arcy Norman for a handy link, which put me on the right path.
I've had an interesting time over the last year at Sony, but recently I started to realise that it wasn't really going in the direction that I wanted, and so I started to look around for alternatives.
As it turned out, my old friends at Sports Interactive were on the look out for a programmer. Things have moved on a lot at SI in the last couple of years, and to cut a long story short, I decided that I was very interested in going back there - and so, that's what I'm going to do.
The decision was made a while ago, but I've been keeping quiet about it until I actually left Sony, which happened this Tuesday. So on Monday, I'll be starting back at SI towers.
They say that you should never go back... but then they say all sorts of stupid stuff, so what do they know...
My Autolink module has now been updated to work with Drupal 4.7.
For the uninitiated, here’s an excerpt from the read me file:
The Autolink module saves users from having to manually enter links for commonly used URLs.
The module scans posts for a set of terms. Any term found is optionally replaced with some other text, and then automatically linked to its corresponding URL.
The module uses Drupalâ€™s built in taxonomy feature, so you can organize your terms in a Drupal vocabulary. Autolink terms are represented with the taxonomy terms in the autolink vocabulary. The descriptions are used to provide the URL that the term should link to.
I’ve just upgraded this server to use the latest version of Drupal.
Please let me know if you notice any glitches!
I’ve given up on Trackbacks - they don’t really add much to the site, and the amount of trackback spam around means that they are a pain in the arse to administer.
What I want now is a Technorati module to take their place, which automatically shows me when someone links to one of my blog articles…