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Installing Notes 8.5.1 over the 8.5 Hotfix/fixpack on Ubuntu

Michael Brown   October 20 2009 01:49:04 AM
At last, the Notes client has a proper installer for Ubuntu.  Not that, strictly speaking, Ubuntu requires such things.  It has its own way of handling installation packages (of which more, later on).

I kicked off the installer file on Ubuntu 9.04 by entering:

sudo ./startupgrade.sh

in a console window.  I was immediately rewarded by the following errror message:

"Notice: Please uninstall hotfix/fixpack before installing package ibm_lotus_notes-8.5.1-20090929.1223. Otherwise install failure might be encountered."

WTF?  Yes, I've got that hotfix installed, but why do I need to uninstall it first?  Can't the installer simply overwrite it?

Whatever.  I started hunting around for an uninstaller for the hotfix, without any success.  Then it hit me: "You're thinking like a Windows zombie, dummy.  Where would you expect to find installation information for an application under Ubuntu?"

So, I fired up Synaptic, typed in "IBM" and there it was, right where it should be:

Notes Hotfix shown in Synaptic

Once I'd ticked it for removal, and let Synaptic do its thing, I was able to run the Notes 8.5.1 installer without problem.  (I'm typing this update in on it, in fact).
Comments

1Åke Nordahl  12/25/2009 4:01:40 PM  Installing Notes 8.5.1 over the 8.5 Hotfix/fixpack on Ubuntu

battans!!

I did not fin any fixpack in(with) synaptic....

I probaly need to unlistall complete notes first....

2Kevin Crocker  03/25/2010 4:12:25 PM  Installing Notes 8.5.1 over the 8.5 Hotfix/fixpack on Ubuntu

Hi - how does an IBM premier business partner get access to this Lotus Notes for Ubuntu - my IT department doesn't know anything about it. Is it accessible via the PartnerWorld Software Access Catalog?

3Mike Brown  03/25/2010 5:44:23 PM  Installing Notes 8.5.1 over the 8.5 Hotfix/fixpack on Ubuntu

@Kevin,

You can download it from here:

{ Link }

It requires an IBM ID, which is freely available. Passport not usually required for hotfixes etc.

Having just looked it up for you, I see that there's also now a Fixpack 2 for 8.5.1. Here's the release notes for both versions:

8.5.1 Fixpack 1 Release Notes

{ Link }

8.5.1 Fixpack 2 Release Notes

{ Link }

4Mike Brown  03/25/2010 5:45:18 PM  Installing Notes 8.5.1 over the 8.5 Hotfix/fixpack on Ubuntu

Oops!

That download link should be:

{ Link }

5Kevin Crocker  03/25/2010 6:12:19 PM  Installing Notes 8.5.1 over the 8.5 Hotfix/fixpack on Ubuntu

Mike - thanks a bunch. I've got it up and running using one of the IBM pages ({ Link } ) that has details on installing Notes.

The only problem I have at the moment is that every time I try to do something I get an error "Notes error: Attempt to use an invalid slot number". I don't even know what a slot number is and what it does. Oh well, perhaps the fix packs will solve these problems.

Thanks again

6Mike Brown  03/25/2010 9:22:27 PM  Installing Notes 8.5.1 over the 8.5 Hotfix/fixpack on Ubuntu

Kevin,

The instructions to which you linked are for the 64-bit version of Ubuntu. Is that the version that you're running?

Not come across the "Attempt to use an invalid slot number" error before, so can't help you there. There are a few entries for that error on the IBM Support Site though. { Link }

7Kevin Crocker  03/26/2010 7:22:54 AM  Installing Notes 8.5.1 over the 8.5 Hotfix/fixpack on Ubuntu

Thanks again - yes, I want to run the 64bit version. I never did get it to show up in Synaptic though. And when I tried to run "dpkg -i ibm_...." I got an error saying it was for the wrong architecture. so I had to --force-architecture.

Thanks again. At least it's running, even if I can't open any emails - the view capability for messages doesn't work at all.

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