Archive for December, 2010

Files updated by Lotus Domino 8.5.2 fixpack 1


Installation settings:

Program directory : /opt/ibm/lotus
Data directory : /local/notesdata
UNIX user : notes
UNIX group : notes

85020 upgrade to 852FP1

The following system commands were not located:
Installation to remote systems will not be possible.


Not checking patches for linux.

Installing Domino Server kits …
Replacing IBM_Lotus_iNotes_ActiveX_Installer_8.5.2.msi
Replacing Cairo
Replacing ZoneInfoMappings
Replacing Helsinki
Replacing dconsole.jar
Replacing Forms85.nsf
Replacing dconsole.jar
Replacing Gaza
Replacing memcheck
Replacing Bahia_Banderas
Replacing smtp
The installation completed successfully.


Not so many files updated in this fixpack release. A new ActiveX control and smtp-task is probably the most important updates.

Install Lotus Notes 8.5.2 Fixpack 1 in Ubuntu


IBM made an error yet again. I couldn’t install fixpack 1 without modifying it.


  • sudo dpkg -i –force-all ibm_lotus_notes_fixpack-8.5.2.i586.deb

Gave error:

  • dpkg: error processing ibm_lotus_notes_fixpack-8.5.2.i586.deb (–install): parse error, in file ‘/var/lib/dpkg/’ near line 2 package ‘ibm-lotus-notes-fixpack’: error in Version string ‘8.5.2-20101215.1023_FP1’: invalid character in revision number Errors were encountered while processing:ibm_lotus_notes_fixpack-8.5.2.i586.deb


1) Select the lotus_notes_fixpack-8.5.2.i586.deb file in nautilus and choose “extract all”. This should produce a folder with name lotus_notes_fixpack-8.5.2.

2) Then edit the file:


Version: 8.5.2-20101215.1023_FP1

Change to:
Version: 8.5.2-20101215.1023FP1

3) Do this from command line again:

dpkg-deb –build ibm_lotus_notes_fixpack-8.5.2.i586

dpkg-deb: building package `ibm-lotus-notes-fixpack’ in `ibm_lotus_notes_fixpack-8.5.2.i586.deb’.

4) Now everything works better:

sudo dpkg -i –force-all ibm_lotus_notes_fixpack-8.5.2.i586.deb
dpkg: warning: overriding problem because –force enabled:
package architecture (i386) does not match system (amd64)
Selecting previously deselected package ibm-lotus-notes-fixpack.
(Reading database … 339503 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking ibm-lotus-notes-fixpack (from ibm_lotus_notes_fixpack-8.5.2.i586.deb) …
Setting up ibm-lotus-notes-fixpack (8.5.2-20101215.1023FP1) …


Update 2010-12-21:

If you install another fixpack for lotus notes it is highly recommended to uninstall this one before attempting to install the new one.

So do this before installing the newer fixpack:

sudo dpkg –purge ibm-lotus-notes-fixpack