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



13 Responses to “Install Lotus Notes 8.5.2 Fixpack 1 in Ubuntu”

  1. Woonjas Says:

    Thanks for this tip, saved me some time figuring out myself :-)

  2. Daniel Reichelt Says:

    It works! Thanks!

  3. Scott Says:

    Legend. Cheers.

  4. Neil Says:

    Thanks. Great tip!

  5. Ian Says:

    dpkg-deb –build ibm_lotus_notes_fixpack-8.5.2.i586
    I get this error:
    dpkg-deb: need an action option

    Type dpkg-deb –help for help about manipulating *.deb files;
    Type dpkg –help for help about installing and deinstalling packages.

  6. Ian Says:

    Thanks, that worked and everything went OK

  7. Nick Halliwell Says:

    I have followed you instructions but when I come to the line:-

    dpkg-deb –build ibm_lotus_notes_fixpack-8.5.2.i586

    (yes have changed the single dash to 2 dashs) I get:

    dpkg-deb: failed to open package info file `ibm_lotus_notes_fixpack-8.5.2.i586/DEBIAN/control’ for reading: No such file or directory

    I have the following directories:
    Then under that:
    DEBIAN ibm_lotus_notes_fixpack-8.5.2.i586.deb opt usr

    I have edited the control file under DEBIAN to remove the underscore. What am I doing wrong?

  8. Stefan G Says:

    The same problem in Fixpack2. I removed FP1 and repacked the FP debian package like this guide and that worked.

  9. Wilson Says:

    Thanks for the tip, I was dying trying to install this, now it works.

  10. Daniel Reichelt Says:

    The same problem in Fixpack3 :-(
    Can anybody tell it to IBM?

  11. Scott Vrusho Says:

    We (IBM) are tracking this for a future release when we officially support Ubuntu 12.04. This will be evaluated for next maintenance release and fix pack. It is being tracked under spr # QYLU8AU5LP:

    Recommend monitoring our fix list link for any updates on addressing this spr. Once it is fixed, it will show up here:

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