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Upgrading the Server

September 5, 2010 11:46:56.290

The blog has been a bit unstable this morning - and that's because I'm in the process of updating it from what it was running on - VisualWorks 7.6 - to the latest release, VisualWorks 7.7.1.

I'm finding the same thing that many people encounter when they update - a number of small things that only surface when you actually make the switch. My blog server code has been around since 2002, and it's been updated as I've needed to over time. That means that pieces of it are pretty old though, and every so often one of the older bits surfaces and bites me. This morning, it was an old signal based exception handler that did it to me.

The reason I'm updating? Mostly it has to do with wanting the auto-tweet feature back. I got xAuth working against Twitter yesterday, posted a few test tweets from a workspace, and now I'm just trying to get that wrapped up. I have a party to go to today, so maybe this isn't the brightest timing :)

On the other hand, I have easy access to the VPS from anywhere, and could fire up the 7.6 based sever if I had to. Onward!

Update: Sigh. Not quite yet, apparently. I think I'll leave it on the older version and take a run at it tonight or tomrrow. I don't need to spend the bbq doing sys admin work :)

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