Category Archives: Mac OS

Install IC4 Lotus Notes Plugins on Mac OS X 10.8.x

Today Luis Benitez annouced the new Connections 4 Plugins for Lotus Notes.

The zip-file contains all three operating system installer. Windows, Linux and Mac, but i had no success to install through xpd.mac-addon.pgk, because the preinstall script stop the installation.

You can open this file in finder:

Now you can copy the updatesite folder to an other place and use File – Application – Install in Lotus Notes. Point the Install to the updatesite folder and install the whole package. I have to restart twice, but after this i can use the new Status Update, Files and Activities Plugins.

Lotus Notes on Mac OS change column sorting broken on second display

A few days ago a colleague asked me, why i use Notes only on my main display of the Macbook Pro. I didn’t remember the reason, but today i discovered it again.

When i move my Notes Client window (8.5.3) on the second display, i can’t use column sorting when clicking on the column header. Then i moved the window bar (File, Edit, …) of Mac OS X (Lion) on the external monitor too and … I’m able to sort my inbox, when i click on the column header (like subject, date and so on).

I played around a little bit and tested some other Mac OS Clients in the office and i can reproduce it. Only on displays with the windowbar i can change sorting, when i click on the column header.


IBM acknowledged the problem:

Sametime and Connections Plugins in Lotus Notes

Some more points to my working configuration of Single Sign-On in Lotus Notes.

Automating configuration with plugin_customization.ini

I do a lot of software tests with my productive Notes Client (on Mac OS), so i often delete the Expeditor-folder in ~/Library/Application Support/Lotus Notes Data/. So i place configuration details in /Applications/, then the settings get automatically applied.

# Connections Config\://$hierarchical Domino-Server-Name$
# Sametime Config$Name for Community$$Hostname of Sametime Server$$hierarchical Domino Server Name$
# Status Updater Fix to show profile pictures

Sametime will only apply the settings of plugin_customization.ini, when following file is not present!

~/Library/Application Support/Lotus Notes Data/Expeditor/Applications/.metadata/.plugins/

Applying these settings through a Desktop setting document and policy

You can apply this through a policy too, you have to add the values to a Desktop settings document. Syntax is described here: IBM KB 21407709.

There is a bug in the desktop settings document until Notes / Domino 8.5.3, you can’t delete the entries.


Comments on Detlef Poettgen tells, that error is still active in 8.5.2 FP3, i tested 8.5.3 and it works.

Please be aware, that Domino Directory allows stored forms and if you want to delete Managed Settings of an Desktop settings document which is created before 8.5.3, the error still occurs.

Path in Windows Installations

  • Expeditor\Applications folder is $Notes Data$\workspace.
  • Path to plugin_customization.ini: $Notes Program$\framework\rcp