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Re: Lotus notes on amd64?

>>>>> "Christopher" == Christopher Judd <judd@wadsworth.org> writes:

    Christopher> On Thursday 16 September 2010 13:02:11 Fabricio
    Christopher> Cannini wrote:
    >> On Thursday 16 September 2010 12:30:15 A J Stiles wrote: > On
    >> Thursday 16 Sep 2010, Christopher Judd wrote: > > Hi,
    >> > > 
    >> > > I have to install lotus notes here.  Our IT guys have
    >> provided me
    Christopher> with
    >> > > 
    >> > > the file ibm_lotus_notes-8.5.i586.deb (linux support here
    >> is minimal).

    Christopher> We have to periodically update/verify emergency
    Christopher> contact information, which is in a notes database,
    Christopher> and are encouraged to maintain a calendar on the
    Christopher> notes server, to facilitate meetings and other
    Christopher> activities.  There are other uses available, but they
    Christopher> are not required of us at this time.  If I can do
    Christopher> theses 2 tasks on our lotus server with other
    Christopher> software, I won't need to install notes.  Any
    Christopher> suggestions?

I used to have to use it for work, and ran on various flavors of linux
daily for years, but the upgrades were always a nightmare, among
others.  the easiest way to do it is to run the exact flavor of linux
that the dot deb was created on, and take it's defaults.  There is I
think a perl script to do notes setup and even upgrading in linux, but
that is where it easily descends to the nightmare scenario.  I would
schroot install a 32bit i586 debian ( as documented in the fine
installation manual on the debian.org site ) and install the dot deb
in that. Or you can try to use ia32 libs and install the deb and try
to deal with the problems.  I have had success using notes in wine,
and found online documentation for said, years ago.  easier wine these
days is cedega.  Alternatively you can unpack the deb file into it's
components and deal with installing the parts yourself, usually
running a slightly modified version of the provided perl scripting.

Another option is to set up a notes server(really easy,
next->next->finish type install) to forward mail to a regular unix
mail server, qmail or something on same box, then use your favorite
unix app to view your mail like emacs rmail, vm, mew, wanderlust...

That said, I found this while looking for links to info on how to do
the above and decided to stop looking, and recommend a total boycott.
After years of experience.  your choice.


Dave Moscrip
recovering ex-ibm-linux-geek
thedude abides . . . GNU -- It's freedom baby, YEAH!

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