May 24, 2004

Trackback XML Files

In MT versions 3.1x and earlier, you may have noticed in your Movable Type blog archive directory on your web server, a bunch of .xml files beginning with numbers. What are these files and do you need them?

By default, Movable Type generates an individual RSS feed for each entry that lists the TrackBack pings for that entry. This is useful is someone wants to subscribe to your Trackbacks via RSS. How often does that happen? Usually, never. You can safely delete those files from your archive directory on your web server. To unclutter your archive directory and keep from generating the TrackBack .xml files in the future, find the line on your mt.cfg file that says:

# GenerateTrackBackRSS 0

Uncomment that line by removing the # from the beginning of that line. Save the file and reload it to your server, remembering to reset the permissions to whatever permissions you had originally set for that file.


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Posted by Elise Bauer on May 24, 2004 to Comments and Trackbacks
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Elise, I love you!!

I just deleted those pesky files yesterday and wondered what they were.

Now you come along and not only tell me what they are, but you tell me how to prevent them from coming back. You're aces!

- Tim

Elise - Do you know where this XML is specified? There does not appear to be a template that I could play with. For example, it would be nice to expand this XML file with Comments and have a link to the feed for the individual entry.


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