Krispy Kreme Bug Fix

I love how obscure bugs get fixed sometimes. One of our bIPlog writers was having trouble overwriting uploaded files in a Movable Type blog. It just failed with a “permission denied” error no matter how many permissions I gave the temp dir. We run Apache on Win2K, while Ben Trott at MT is a *nix guy. Everyone was coming up stumped. My question got fanned out, and eventually a friend of a friend on the east coast speculated that it was not a perms issue at all, but file handle flushing. Forwarded his response to Ben, who shot back a perl fix minutes later. And we’re in business. The writer is happy and MT is a tiny bit better. Kind of amazing to see this thing blossom from a normal user uncovering an unknown bug to a coast-to-coast correspondence between strangers, people helping out for nothing but the promise of a dozen Krispy Kremes. People are cool.

Music: Kristin Hersh :: Pale

One Reply to “Krispy Kreme Bug Fix”

  1. Email, News, Blogs, IM – the tools change, the spirit remains the same.

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