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By Byrne Reese
Posted June 6, 2007, in Screencasts.

We have written a lot about the new Movable Type installation process, but honestly, who reads press releases and the ramblings of Anil anyways? So we thought it easier simply to show you our installation process.

The movie is about 7 minutes long because we wanted to say hello at the beginning and end, and give users a tour of the new movabletype.org website. The installation process itself, as you will see, actually takes less then 5 minutes.

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18 Comments

Bud

Bud on June 6, 2007, 5:17 p.m. Reply

I guess my reaction to this video is that it represents the ideal case. Due to lack of time, I quit after 4 install attempts. Obviously, hitting the ideal case you show for all users is going to take a fair amount of debugging.

Carla

Carla on June 6, 2007, 6:08 p.m. Reply

This is a great video tutorial that I’m sure alot of users will find very, Very helpful.

jacklail.com

jacklail.com on June 7, 2007, 1:19 a.m. Reply

I too cannot for the life of me get Movable Type installed. I have tried a dozen times, and I keep getting a 404 error. These are the two paths I’ve taken:

  1. (This is the install according to the documentation) Download MT 4, unzip the files and rename the folder to “mt”. Upload the “mt” folder to the cgi-bin. Place the mt-static folder outside of the cgi-bin. Open mt-config.cgi-original and configure the url and static paths and save it as mt-config.cgi. Set the mt folder and all of the .cgi files to have 755 access. Point browser to http://www.mywebsite.com/cgi-bin/mt/ and I get a 404.

  2. (This is the install according to the video) Download MT 4, unzip the files and rename the folder to “mt4”. Upload the “mt4” folder to the cgi-bin. Set the access rights for the folder and the .cgi files to 755. Point browswer to http://www.mywebsite.com/cgi-bin/mt4/ and I get a 404.

Byrne Reese

Byrne Reese on June 7, 2007, 2:10 a.m. Reply

I have an aching suspicion I know what your problem is. We are looking for a way to better document the various Apache configurations that will help users get up and running quickly.

Often if you have MT installed in a cgi-bin directory we recommed that you:

1) comment out the “ScriptAlias /cgi-bin/ /path/to/cgi-bin” directive. This apache config parameter prevents static files from being served from a cgi-bin folder.

2) Add the following Apache config directive:

<Directory /path/to/cgi-bin/>
  Options ExecCGI Indexes
</Directory>

Doing so achieves the same result as your ScriptAlias directive, but with out the nasty side effects, and will keep you from HAVING to move your mt-static folder to a new directory.

You may also work around your 404 problem by pointing your browser directly at the mt.cgi file, like so:

http://www.somedomain.com/cgi-bin/mt4/mt.cgi

I hope this helps!

Bud

Bud on June 9, 2007, 9:58 p.m. Reply

Byrne, yes I was feeling a bit of frustration the other day. I did make a point of filing bug reports. The install wizard appeared as of beta 1 not to work with cgiwrap, at least cgiwrap as provided by Pair systems. I also had the database scalar conversion problem when I tried to create the first user after abandoning cgiwrap.

Given these problems, I was pleasantly surprised to have one of your support engineers contact me and indicate the database scalar conversion problem had been fixed. I also like the moves you are undertaking to open source the product and make the whole process more community driven.

I’m assuming you will be rolling out new betas fairly frequently. Many agile shops I know, do weekly roll-outs. Beta 1 did not work for this user, but I’m willing to hang on because the blog cloning and aggregation features are appealing. Over the years, I have hacked MT in various ways and even done insane things like use Wordpress MU alpha couple with reblog to achieve these features.

I’m looking forward to beta 2 when I might be able to install the thing. BTW, are you guys doing test driven development?

James on July 22, 2007, 7:28 p.m. Reply

The screencast doesn’t work in Safari 3.

Just hangs at the loading screen, audio streams and then a message pops up saying a script has become unresponsive.

Not likely to convert Mac users over to Movabletype!

Matthew

Matthew on October 11, 2007, 10:44 a.m. Reply

Hi Byrne,

Great tutorial, thanks! I was wondering/hoping you could provide more information on setting up that MySQL database you mentioned (ie: links or ideally another tutorial). Having never worked THAT in depth with programming and my server I’m a bit lost with that aspect of the installation.

Cheers.

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http://openid.aol.com/dante45chicago on November 4, 2007, 10:30 a.m. Reply

I tried several times to install this on Yahoo Small Business Web Hosting and I get to the point of making a blog admin ID and setting up the blog path and then it “initializes” and gives me a screen with errors. I would post it but I am not sure if that is wise since a hacker maybe could use that info to disable my site…Any suggestions on getting this to work on Yahoo Small Business Web Hosting?

firma

firma on December 30, 2007, 11:00 a.m. Reply

Thanks for perfect tutorial this is a great video, install done   Very helpful.

p_h

p_h on January 13, 2008, 5:05 p.m. Reply

I am using FileZilla and able to get to the Log in to Movable Type screen but I get -

CGI Error The specified CGI application misbehaved by not returning a complete set of HTTP headers.

I can’t change the permission as well - Command not understood

I am on a Windows hosting service.

Please advice. Thank you!

jmwatt

jmwatt on April 2, 2008, 2:01 p.m. Reply

Trouble installing personal MT4. After much difficulty, I made it to the “Creat Your First Blog” stage. No matter what Blog URL and Publishig Path I enter, I get the following error message: The Following Path is Not Writeable. I changed all .cgi (and double checked) files to 755 and Execute as instructed in earlier step. I sent an email to support, no luck since I am not downloading an enterprise version. I wanted to try this before purchasing a license and instead I get an annoying “support” email back that states “we can’t help you”. uber frustrating.

jmwatt

jmwatt on April 2, 2008, 2:14 p.m. Reply

Sorry for the double post; thought my computer bugged out on me. PS. thanks for the helpful video guide.

p_h - if it’s helpful, i tried using filezilla first, then switched to smartftp, which worked easier for me in terms of loggin on. i don’t know why, it just did.

jmwatt

jmwatt on April 2, 2008, 2:15 p.m. Reply

Sorry for the double post; thought my computer bugged out on me. PS. thanks for the helpful video guide.

p_h - if it’s helpful, i tried using filezilla first, then switched to smartftp, which worked easier for me in terms of loggin on. i don’t know why, it just did.

Knunez

Knunez on August 1, 2008, 7:40 a.m. Reply

Mr. Reese,

I am sorry to bother you but I contacted support at MovableType.org and they weren’t able to help me so I am pleading with you for your assistance. Anyway, I downloaded the MT4 software and saved it just as your webcast shows how to save to desktop. I then moved into my cgi-bin on my root folder. However, on your computer I noticed it goes into /var/www/cgi-bin/mt4 – and on my site it shows - /www/cgi-bin/mt4 – I am not sure if the /var/ has anything to do with it but if it does please let me know.

Also, one of the cgi scripts is missing – mt-view.cgi – which I noticed when changing the permissions.

Lastly, I keep getting a message that reads - You don’t have permission to access /cgi-bin/mt4/ on this server – I don’t know what needs to be changed in order for this to work but if you have a workaround please let me know. I would like to try the product as my company may purchase the full user licenses.

Nelana

Nelana on July 14, 2012, 2:17 a.m. Reply

“No matter what Blog URL and Publishig Path I enter, I get the following error message: The Following Path is Not Writeable.” Same problem with me and I couldn’t find a solution.

Veva

Veva on August 1, 2012, 3:53 a.m. Reply

Nick - just make a screen shot of the video on the right time and make the picture your desktop background.

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Byrne Reese

Byrne Reese was previously the Product Manager of Movable Type at Six Apart, where he had also held positions as the Manager of Platform Technology and Product Manager for TypePad. Byrne is a huge supporter of the Movable Type user and developer community. He dedicates much of his time to promoting and educating people about Movable Type as well as building the tools and plugins for Movable Type that are showcased on Majordojo. He contributes regularly to open source; and he is an advocate for open protocols and standards like Atom and OpenID.

Website: http://profile.typekey.com/byrnereese