Do not backup! Severe tire damage.

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The complete and total loss of your web host provider (WebHostPlus in my case) does have its advantages: it gives you a clean slate, a void, from where you can start over.

So I did:

  • Set up a replica on my PowerBook G4 of everything I had running earlier so I can easily restore and sync on the DutchNet VPS when it becomes available.
  • Restored all databases (yes, I do have a daily backup ftp-ed to my local host) and cleaned them up:
    • renamed them according to a consistent naming convention;
    • UTF-8 the blogs;
    • dropped the ones I do not need.
  • Configured MediaWiki’s LocalSettings.php so that they all run from a shared directory, using different databases and settings for each separate wiki.
  • Find and restore lost images (oops, did not back them up in a single directory; images scattered over several folders on my Mac; Wiki images from others still te recover…).

All this and more took me the larger part of this week.

Author: Martien van Steenbergen

Martien is a Visioneer and touched by software.
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