OpenSuSE 11.2 and Lotus Notes 8.5

Recently I have migrated from Ubuntu to OpenSuSE due to my work requirements.

Since OpenSuSE is an RPM-based distro, I thought that Lotus Notes 8.5 would be easier to install. I was mistaken.

Lotus Notes 8.5 depends on some libraries that were updated on OpenSuSE 11.2 causing some panels to appears blank. After a weekend debuging I was able to isolate the required libraries.

Lotus Notes 8.5 Error: Blank Panel

Lotus Notes 8.5 Blank Panel

The trick is that Lotus Notes requires the following libraries from OpenSuSE 11.1 (note that I am running a 64-bit version, so your required library may be the default one):

  • gtk2-32bit
  • pango-32bit

Go to the OpenSuSE 11.1 repository and grab the packages but do not install. If you install it will break the GTK applications on your desktop.

The trick here is to use these libraries only for Notes. To achieve these we must extract the RPM in a temporary dir, move the lib file to a isolate path and create a wrapper for the Notes to use LD_DIRECTORY_PATH.

So, as a root, do the following:

# mkdir /tmp/rpmsextracted
# cd /tmp/rpmsextracted
# rpm2cpio <PATH_WHERE_DOWNLOADED_RPMS>/gtk2-32bit*.rpm | cpio -idmv
# rpm2cpio <PATH_WHERE_DOWNLOADED_RPMS>/pango-32bit*.rpm | cpio -idvm
# mkdir /opt/ibm/ibm-lotus-notes-compat
# mv /tmp/rpmsextracted/usr/lib /opt/ibm/ibm-lotus-notes-compat
# chmod 755 /opt/ibm/ibm-lotus-notes-compat/lib
# chown -R root:root /opt/ibm/ibm-lotus-notes-compat
# mv /opt/ibm/lotus/notes/notes /opt/ibm/lotus/notes/notes.real

Now you have the libraries on /opt/ibm/ibm-lotus-notes-compat, so lets create a wrapper. Create a new file /opt/ibm/lotus/notes/notes with execute permissions (chmod 755 /opt/ibm/lotus/notes/notes) and the following content:

#!/bin/bash

NOTESCOMPAT=/opt/ibm/ibm-lotus-notes-compat/lib
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$NOTESCOMPAT:/opt/ibm/lotus/notes:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH
echo $LD_LIBRARY_PATH
/opt/ibm/lotus/notes/notes.real $@

That’s it. Now runs Notes and see if everything is working as expected.

Lotus Notes 8.5 Working as Expected

Lotus Notes 8.5 Working as Expected

Final Note: You must have other gtk libraries installed as well. If you are running 64-bits, make sure that you have the 32-bits libs installed.

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28 Responses to OpenSuSE 11.2 and Lotus Notes 8.5

  1. Geoff says:

    Hi Flavio
    thanks for this, very very helpful.
    Notes mail is now working fine, but I cannot open the replication window

    Does yours work?
    Geoff

  2. Wolfram says:

    Hello Flavio,

    regarding the needed libraries, you show the 32 bit repository.

    But I think, Lotus notes is 32 bit:

    file notes
    notes: ELF 32-bit LSB executable, Intel 80386, version 1 (SYSV), for GNU/Linux 2.6.4, dynamically linked (uses shared libs), not stripped

    So isn’t it better, to download the needed libs from the 32 bit repo, although I use SuSE 11.2 64 bit too?

    Many Thanks for your answer.

    Wolfram

    • Flavio Preto says:

      IMHO, the 32bits libraries on the 64bit repository is the same libraries on the 32bit repository. So, I think that does not make any differences.

      The main point of my post is: Notes requires the gtk and pango library from the OpenSuSE 11.1 to work properly.

      Thanks!

  3. Lothar says:

    Hi Flavio,

    trying to run 8.5.1 on openSUSE 11.2 x86_64 as well, but still not the best results, even after applying your solution. Would you mind to publish or send me the output of “rpm -qa” from your system, so I can check for missing/mis-versioned dependencies?

    Many thanks, Lothar

    • Flavio Preto says:

      These are the 32bit rpms on my system:
      rpm -qa | grep 32bit | sort
      ConsoleKit-32bit-0.3.1-2.1.x86_64
      alsa-oss-32bit-1.0.17-25.2.x86_64
      alsa-plugins-32bit-1.0.21-3.3.x86_64
      audiofile-32bit-0.2.6-147.2.x86_64
      audit-libs-32bit-1.7.13-4.2.x86_64
      cairo-32bit-1.8.8-2.1.x86_64
      check-32bit-0.9.6-3.2.x86_64
      cracklib-32bit-2.8.13-2.2.x86_64
      cups-libs-32bit-1.3.11-4.1.x86_64
      cyrus-sasl-32bit-2.1.23-3.1.x86_64
      dbus-1-32bit-1.2.16-5.2.x86_64
      dbus-1-glib-32bit-0.80-3.2.x86_64
      fam-32bit-2.7.0-133.2.x86_64
      fontconfig-32bit-2.7.0-3.2.x86_64
      freetype2-32bit-2.3.9-2.2.x86_64
      gconf2-32bit-2.28.0-2.5.x86_64
      gdbm-32bit-1.8.3-373.7.x86_64
      glibc-32bit-2.10.1-10.4.x86_64
      glibc-locale-32bit-2.10.1-10.4.x86_64
      gnome-keyring-32bit-2.28.0-3.5.x86_64
      gnome-vfs2-32bit-2.24.1-3.4.x86_64
      gtk2-32bit-2.18.1-3.5.x86_64
      gtk2-engine-murrine-32bit-0.90.3-4.5.x86_64
      gtk2-engines-32bit-2.18.4-2.5.x86_64
      keyutils-libs-32bit-1.2-109.2.x86_64
      krb5-32bit-1.7-6.1.x86_64
      libFLAC8-32bit-1.2.1-70.2.x86_64
      libacl-32bit-2.2.48-2.2.x86_64
      libapparmor1-32bit-2.3-55.56.1.x86_64
      libart_lgpl-32bit-2.3.20-50.2.x86_64
      libasound2-32bit-1.0.21-3.2.x86_64
      libatk-1_0-0-32bit-1.28.0-2.2.x86_64
      libattr-32bit-2.4.44-2.2.x86_64
      libavahi-client3-32bit-0.6.25-4.5.1.x86_64
      libavahi-common3-32bit-0.6.25-4.5.1.x86_64
      libavahi-glib1-32bit-0.6.25-4.5.1.x86_64
      libbonobo-32bit-2.24.2-2.1.x86_64
      libbonoboui-32bit-2.24.2-2.3.x86_64
      libbz2-1-32bit-1.0.5-36.6.x86_64
      libcanberra-gtk-32bit-0.18-3.3.x86_64
      libcanberra-gtk0-32bit-0.18-3.3.x86_64
      libcanberra0-32bit-0.18-3.3.x86_64
      libcom_err2-32bit-1.41.9-3.1.x86_64
      libcroco-0_6-3-32bit-0.6.2-2.1.x86_64
      libcurl4-32bit-7.19.6-2.1.x86_64
      libdb-4_5-32bit-4.5.20-98.4.x86_64
      libesd0-32bit-0.2.41-4.2.x86_64
      libexpat1-32bit-2.0.1-92.2.x86_64
      libfreebl3-32bit-3.12.4-2.4.x86_64
      libgcc44-32bit-4.4.1_20090817-2.3.4.x86_64
      libgcrypt11-32bit-1.4.4-2.2.x86_64
      libgio-2_0-0-32bit-2.22.1-2.2.x86_64
      libglade2-32bit-2.6.4-2.5.x86_64
      libglib-2_0-0-32bit-2.22.1-2.2.x86_64
      libgmodule-2_0-0-32bit-2.22.1-2.2.x86_64
      libgnome-32bit-2.28.0-2.4.x86_64
      libgnomecanvas-32bit-2.26.0-2.4.x86_64
      libgnomecups-32bit-0.2.3-114.2.x86_64
      libgnomeprint-32bit-2.18.6-2.6.x86_64
      libgnomeprintui-32bit-2.18.4-3.4.x86_64
      libgnomeui-32bit-2.24.2-2.3.x86_64
      libgobject-2_0-0-32bit-2.22.1-2.2.x86_64
      libgpg-error0-32bit-1.7-3.2.x86_64
      libgsf-1-114-32bit-1.14.15-3.4.x86_64
      libgstreamer-0_10-0-32bit-0.10.24-3.1.x86_64
      libgthread-2_0-0-32bit-2.22.1-2.2.x86_64
      libidl-32bit-0.8.13-2.2.x86_64
      libidn-32bit-1.10-4.2.x86_64
      libjpeg-32bit-6.2.0-882.2.x86_64
      libldap-2_4-2-32bit-2.4.17-5.3.x86_64
      libltdl7-32bit-2.2.6-47.7.x86_64
      libncurses5-32bit-5.6-91.2.x86_64
      libnscd-32bit-2.0.2-109.2.x86_64
      libogg0-32bit-1.1.4-2.2.x86_64
      libopenssl0_9_8-32bit-0.9.8k-3.5.3.x86_64
      libpcre0-32bit-7.9.0-2.3.1.x86_64
      libpixman-1-0-32bit-0.16.0-2.2.x86_64
      libpng12-0-32bit-1.2.39-2.2.x86_64
      libpopt0-32bit-1.13-4.2.x86_64
      libpulse0-32bit-0.9.19-2.3.x86_64
      librsvg-32bit-2.26.0-3.4.x86_64
      libselinux1-32bit-2.0.80-5.2.x86_64
      libsmbclient0-32bit-3.4.2-1.1.3.1.x86_64
      libsndfile-32bit-1.0.20-3.2.x86_64
      libsqlite3-0-32bit-3.6.16-2.3.x86_64
      libstdc++33-32bit-3.3.3-15.3.x86_64
      libstdc++44-32bit-4.4.1_20090817-2.3.4.x86_64
      libtalloc1-32bit-3.4.2-1.1.3.1.x86_64
      libtasn1-3-32bit-2.2-2.2.x86_64
      libtdb1-32bit-3.4.2-1.1.3.1.x86_64
      libtiff3-32bit-3.8.2-145.2.x86_64
      libuuid1-32bit-2.16-4.5.1.x86_64
      libvorbis-32bit-1.2.0-83.2.x86_64
      libwbclient0-32bit-3.4.2-1.1.3.1.x86_64
      libxcrypt-32bit-3.0.2-3.2.x86_64
      libxml2-32bit-2.7.3-2.2.x86_64
      mozilla-nspr-32bit-4.8.2-1.1.3.x86_64
      mozilla-nss-32bit-3.12.4-2.4.x86_64
      nss-mdns-32bit-0.10-42.2.x86_64
      orbit2-32bit-2.14.17-3.1.x86_64
      pam-32bit-1.1.0-3.2.x86_64
      pam-modules-32bit-11.2-4.1.x86_64
      pam_apparmor-32bit-2.3-53.1.x86_64
      pango-32bit-1.26.0-2.5.x86_64
      qtcurve-gtk2-32bit-0.68.0-2.2.x86_64
      samba-32bit-3.4.2-1.1.3.1.x86_64
      samba-client-32bit-3.4.2-1.1.3.1.x86_64
      tcpd-32bit-7.6-858.2.x86_64
      xorg-x11-libICE-32bit-7.4-7.1.x86_64
      xorg-x11-libSM-32bit-7.4-7.1.x86_64
      xorg-x11-libX11-32bit-7.4-12.3.x86_64
      xorg-x11-libXau-32bit-7.4-6.1.x86_64
      xorg-x11-libXext-32bit-7.4-7.1.x86_64
      xorg-x11-libXfixes-32bit-7.4-6.1.x86_64
      xorg-x11-libXmu-32bit-7.4-6.1.x86_64
      xorg-x11-libXp-32bit-7.4-6.1.x86_64
      xorg-x11-libXpm-32bit-7.4-6.1.x86_64
      xorg-x11-libXprintUtil-32bit-7.4-6.1.x86_64
      xorg-x11-libXrender-32bit-7.4-6.1.x86_64
      xorg-x11-libXt-32bit-7.4-6.1.x86_64
      xorg-x11-libfontenc-32bit-7.4-6.1.x86_64
      xorg-x11-libs-32bit-7.4-25.1.x86_64
      xorg-x11-libxcb-32bit-7.4-11.1.x86_64
      xorg-x11-libxkbfile-32bit-7.4-6.1.x86_64
      zlib-32bit-1.2.3-140.2.x86_64

      • Lothar says:

        thanks a million, I was missing qtcurve-gtk2-32bit, it seems! Cheers, lothar

      • Doug Siew says:

        Hi Flavio,

        I have a problem where all files that I attach to the lotus notes client only shows a grey color icon. Attachments in external mails also have the same problems. I checked my file sets against your list above, and find that I have all of them installed.

        I have been searching for a resolution but not successful. This problem has been around since Lotus Notes 8.0, and I was hoping this will be resolved in 8.5, but it’s still there.

        I am using KDE 4.4.

  4. George says:

    Thank you Flavio for your posting, used your method to update 32-bit 11.2 from 32-bit repo and succesfully got Notes 8.5.1 working correctly

  5. Todd says:

    Hi George / Flavio.
    I have the 11.2 32 bit system. I have D-loaded the gtk2-2.14.4-8.i586RPM and the pango-1.22.1-2.9.i586rpm from the 11.1 oss repo site. Is that the version for a 32 bit system? The reson I ask is, in Flavio’s link above, I found the gtk32 and pango32, and wondered if they will in fact work on a 32bit system.

    I have D-loaded both, but I’d like to be sure…

    Thanks for your help everyone!

    Todd from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
    (Linux Lover, but novice user!)

  6. Todd Cormier says:

    Hi again guys.
    I gave it my best to do it as was instructed by Flavio using the Terminal commands, and I ended up messing Lotus up. So, I did an uninstall and re-installed Lotus, and still realizing I needed the 11.1 gtk / gdk files, I found another way to perform the fix here:

    http://forums.opensuse.org/applications/426513-install-run-lotus-notes-8-5-8-5-1-opensuse-11-2-a.html#post2089115

    8.5.1 now works great on my SuSE 11.2 32 bit Dell Inspirion 9400 Laptop (it’s a few years old but still rocks!). Many thanks for helping Linux “noobs” like me to get the bugs out.

    Happy Holidays to all!

    Todd.

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  8. Brian says:

    Hello Flavio,

    Great tips on getting Notes working!! THANK YOU!!

    Brian

  9. Pau-Chen Cheng says:

    I had the same problem on 32-bit openSUSE 11.2.

    Flavio’s fix saved the day for me.

    Many thanks to Flavio.

  10. ABu Hamza says:

    First of all I would like to inform you that I am a newbie to Linux, I tried to install Lotus Notes 8.5 client on my opensuse 11.2 (32-bit) machine, the installation process goes smoothly but i couldn’t find any short cut to run the software !!! nor in the desktop neither in the Recently Installed sub menu !!

    is there anything wrong there?

  11. Murat Kemal BAYGÜN says:

    Thanks Flavio. It saved my day.

    I’m using openSUSE 11.2 x86_64 and finally Notes 8.5 working on it. 🙂

    Thanks for the tips.

  12. Abu Hamza says:

    How can I create a file? do you mean i should create a text file?

  13. Abu Hamza says:

    after executing the following command :

    /tmp/rpmsextracted # chmod 755 /opt/ibm/lotus/notes/notes

    I’ve got the following error message:

    chmod: cannot access `/opt/ibm/lotus/notes/notes’: No such file or directory

    any idea?

  14. Mary says:

    How file to run for job Lotus Notes?

  15. Hi Flavio,
    great Job !!!
    Works perfect and no problems. I think it will take a year until IBM will make the Notes Client running on OpenSuse11.2-64 🙂
    Just got a new Laptop (DELL 6510 i7820QM,8GB Mem) and its still not easy to get everything running….Juniper Network Connect…
    Intel Wireless Pro 6300..after an update (kernel) the also updated compat wireless and wireless scripts did not any longer working.

    Anyway…From click on the Notes Icon until Appearance (including typing the password) it takes only amazing 5 Seconds !!!! 🙂

    Never experienced this with Notes 🙂

    My colleagues are jealous 🙂

    So again….great job and thanks a lot for your help

    Greetings from Germany
    Hermann

  16. Kresten Peter Vester says:

    This works on openSuSE 11.3 x64 as well. Thanks for the guide. Works great.

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