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October 22, 2005

Digest::MD5 Problems

Out of the blue (it seemed) I started to have problems with my Movable Type installation, with the error messages appearing in connection with the marvellous Markdown plugin and when trying to update a template or rebuild the site all indicating the MT application was not able to access the Digest::MD5 Perl module.

Via support consultation with our great hosting company Openhosting, it turned out that the server on which brokenenglish is hosted was recently upgraded, and some problems connected with Perl module compatibility were being experienced.

Trawling the Movable Type Support Forums and googling around, I eventually located a Digest::MD5 package put together back in 2001 by Ben Trott of Ben and Mena, Movable Type’s illustrious founders and owners. After unpacking this, I uploaded just the Perl directory inside it into my MT > extlib > Digest directory within the MT installation, which (obviously) already existed inside extlib, and only contained a single MD5.pm file. After uploading the Perl dir from Ben Trott’s archive, this was added inside the Digest dir, and itself contained a second md5.pm file. Once done, eveything returned to normal with my Movable Type installation.

This rather garbled report may help others experiencing a similar error, which appears to be fairly widespread.

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Posted by Iain Stewart at 1:53 PM in movable type
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Posted by: Courtney Gidts at March 3, 2006 4:25 AM


Your MD5 instructions and LINK saved my proverbial bacon. I was beating my head against the wall last night trying to get my wife's MiserableType blog running again (i haaaaate working with Perl).

Posted by: Aaron at March 23, 2006 2:28 AM

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