Domino Oddness on Azure - 38 second delay in sending mail from web UI  

By Sean Cull | 11/22/22 10:43 AM | Infrastructure - Notes / Domino | Added by Oliver Busse

We have had an odd issue on Domino that we have not been able to resolve despite lots of input from HCL. I just wanted to post it in case any other person comes across it. The symptom is a Domlog entry for 38 seconds when you trigger an email via XPages. This happened @4 years ago on an Azure Linux Domino 9 server ( which we scrapped ) and then started again with an Azure Windows Domino 11 server about a year ago.

Observations from the 2022 Engage User Group HCL Technologies conference  

By Sean Cull | 5/31/22 12:17 AM | Business - Events / People | Added by Roberto Boccadoro

The whole FoCul team attended the Engage HCL Technology User Group Conference conference in Bruges this week. It was a fantastic event in lots of ways. Many thanks to Theo and Hilde Heselmans for organising such a professional event for over 300 attendees.

Excellent support from HCL ( including XPages )  

By Sean Cull | 5/6/22 8:35 AM | Development - Notes / Domino | Added by Oliver Busse

A recent customer security audit raised two concerns with our Domino SaaS applications. A significant part of the reason that we use HCL Domino is that it is robust and secure. As a matter of principle we do not code security ourselves but use the standard functionality provided by HCL. So we reached out to HCL and had great support.

XPage View Bug in Domino 11.01 FP5 HF12  

By Sean Cull | 4/28/22 4:38 PM | Development - Notes / Domino | Added by Oliver Busse

We have been having a few issues with FP5 and I just wanted to share our latest one as it is quite interesting and may affect others. HCL support has been very helpful to date. We have more tickets open than we ever did with IBM but hopefully that is because the tickets are actually being taken seriously. HF12 is a Hot Fix that is meant to fix some of our issues with FP5

How we use XPages  

By Sean Cull | 8/19/19 7:43 AM | - | Added by John Oldenburger

Cameron, Jesse and Paul have been putting a lot of effort into explaining how they use XPages and it has prompted me to post this on how we at FoCul use XPages, something I have been meaning to do for a while. I will hopefully post more about why we like XPages so much but this is a long enough read for now.

Source Control Disables Some Scheduled Agents in IBM Notes  

By Sean Cull | 10/20/17 10:06 AM | Infrastructure - Notes / Domino | Added by Oliver Busse

Just a quick heads up about something that is known about but still catches me out from time to time. It may even be fixed in the latest versions but I can’t find any IBM tech notes on it.

ICONUK and the State of Domino Web Development  

By Sean Cull | 9/16/16 6:58 PM | - | Added by Oliver Busse

I am just back from a very impressive ICONUK. I can honestly say that it was the best LUG that I have been to. The best part for me was the informal discussions within the community. It is a time of change and the community discussions were real, interesting and honest.

URGENT : Chrome Bug 570622 affecting our users - is it affecting yours ?  

By Sean Cull | 2/1/16 3:16 PM | - | Added by John Oldenburger

The bug reported by David Leedy appears to be affecting our users significantly. Are your users reporting screen freezes in XPage applications in Chrome ? If so please “star” this bug ( top left corner ) to raise its profile. Even if you are worried that it might affect your users then please “star” this bug.

XPages Document Save Error may be a document locking error  

By Sean Cull | 11/11/15 6:35 PM | - | Added by Oliver Busse

Moral of the story – read the logs This one had us stumped for a while so I though I would post it. We had an inconsistent error on an XPage application where it threw a save error even though the Author fields were correct.

Scheduling XAgents on a Linux box using Cron  

By Sean Cull | 10/20/15 12:42 PM | - | Added by Kenio Carvalho

There is no simple way to schedule Java code that has been written for use with XPages. The best solution I have found has been to use “XAgents” and to poll the corresponding URLs somehow.

Upgrading Domino causes issues with CKEditor for Chrome users  

By Sean Cull | 7/23/15 9:00 AM | - | Added by John Oldenburger

We have had a spike in help desk calls with general “oddness” in one of our XPage applications. This has been triggered by an upgrade to the Domino server that included a new CKEditor version. It seems as though Chrome ( possibly other browsers ) cache the old CKEditor files in the browser.

@Unique(view1.getColumnValues(0)) = Repeatable XPages Server Crash  

By Sean Cull | 6/22/15 3:31 PM | - | Added by Oliver Busse

We have been chasing our tails with a server that has ruin really well for a number of years and suddenly started to crash over the last few weeks. We scoured the logs, domlog, server stats etc.. and couldn’t find a pattern. It turns out it was a 4 year old bug that IBM choose not to fix. ( I have raised a PMR and sent an example )

Domino KYRTool and SSL / TLS under Notes 9.02 - Positive Impressions  

By Sean Cull | 5/20/15 9:47 AM | Infrastructure - Notes / Domino | Added by John Oldenburger

Last year IBM got into a bit of a pickle when the Poodle Exploits hit and there was no support for SSLV3 in domino. At the time we moved to putting Apache Proxy Servers in front off all of our web facing servers. I needed to deploy a new XWorks server for a customer or our “Knowledge Directory” product and we wanted to do some LDAP integration.

Configuring Mandrill to work with Domino for SMTP routing  

By Sean Cull | 5/15/15 4:18 PM | Infrastructure - Notes / Domino | Added by John Oldenburger

Mandrill is a cloud service which is used to ensure that transactional emails such as password resets get through to end users without falling foul of spam filters. We have had to move to using this with our SaaS XPage apps as it seems to be increasingly difficult to get the Microsoft to play nice when they seem to arbitrarily block our traffic.

Solved : Quirk with Domino and Relay Hosts which redirect  

By Sean Cull | 5/15/15 11:58 AM | Infrastructure - Notes / Domino | Added by John Oldenburger

This took me 4 hours to suss out so I hope that this helps someone else. If you set up a Relay Host in IBM Domino and are using authentication and it doesn’t work then read on. The first sign of an issue is that the emails just stay in the mail.box. Enable SMTPCLIENTDEBUG=1 ( yes I know it says client but it works on the server ).

Solved : UNIK Table : itemdef.exe Cannot store document - database has too many unique field names  

By Sean Cull | 2/10/15 3:59 PM | Infrastructure - Notes / Domino | Added by Johnny Oldenburger

I recently got this message when trying to replicate a Lotus Notes / XPage database that I had been working on. I had already ticked the “Allow More fields in database” option. The application does use documents with programmatically generated fields but when I ran some code to count the notesitems in the documents the largest document had 750 fields.

Faceted Filtering in XPages Using Java Beans  

By Sean Cull | 1/28/15 4:22 PM | - | Added by Johnny Oldenburger

We have found that one of the most difficult parts of developing modern XPage applications has been providing the faceted filtering that users expect from modern web apps. By faceted I mean filtering that is intelligent – If I choose the Ford manufacturer I should not then be presented with choices for models from Audi. This demo of the FoCul Knowledge Directory shows how we have achieved this in XPages without having to use SQL or SOLR databases.

When using Apache in front of Domino you need the NE rewrite attribute  

By Sean Cull | 10/24/14 1:35 AM | - | Added by Per Henrik Lausten

Over the last week or so I have been moving to using an Apache server in front of my Domino servers. This has been working really well until I had a problem with Mark Leusink’s Auto Login’s module. The solution is to use the NE attribute in the rewrite rules.

Solving the SSL V3 / SHA-2 / TLS / MD5 / Poodle problem on Linux – Part 3 – Converting a Domino SSL certificate / Private Key to Apache  

By Sean Cull | 10/22/14 4:12 PM | Infrastructure - Notes / Domino | Added by Oliver Busse

Note that the easiest option to install a verified SSL certificate into the Apache server is to buy a new one. However, if you have a copy of Windows XP handy you can convert your existing Domino SSL certificates to Apache certificates with the following scheme.

Solving the Domino SSL V3 / SHA-2 / TLS / MD5 problem on Linux – Part 1  

By Sean Cull | 10/21/14 8:09 AM | - | Added by Per Henrik Lausten

What is the problem ? There are a number of separate problems that can be solved ( from a Http perspective ) using the method set out here if you are running Domino on Linux

Draft Engage / BLUG Slides – Seeing the Wood for the Trees  

By Sean Cull | 3/17/14 2:59 AM | - | Added by Per Henrik Lausten

I am very honored to be speaking at the fantastic Engage User Group ( formerly known as BLUG ) this week. The session is called “Seeing the Wood for the Trees” and is about how I and my colleagues use Domino Designer, Git Source Control and some mostly Atlassian products to manage our help tickets, project management, release management and billing.

Users losing authenticated access to XPage Apps when using SSO / LTPA Tokens [solved]  

By Sean Cull | 2/6/14 12:22 AM | - | Added by Niklas Heidloff

One of our keenest users at a customer site was getting very frustrated because they kept loosing edits to documents late on a morning.

Computed Embedded Outlines not compatible with Domino Source Control  

By Sean Cull | 12/6/13 3:03 AM | - | Added by Niklas Heidloff

We are getting on really well with Source Control using GIT in Domino but there are a couple of niggles that waste a lot of time.

GIT is coming together  

By Sean Cull | 11/28/13 4:27 PM | - | Added by Peter D Presnell

I have been on a mission for us to use GIT with our XPages and Notes work for about 10 months now. And it is just getting to the point where it is coming together nicely although it has been a LOT of hard work.

The GIT Command Line Rules  

By Sean Cull | 11/28/13 4:17 PM | - | Added by Peter D Presnell

We have been working on a big project for some time and were ready to merge our "develop branch" into our master branch - see a here for the model we are trying to use.

Adding dictionaries to IBM Notes 851 + using the widget catalog  

By Sean Cull | 6/12/13 12:41 AM | Infrastructure - Notes / Domino | Added by Niklas Heidloff

I helped a customer to install some extra dictionaries today. It should be straight forward and is actually not too bad once you get it working ( Irish logic there ).

Markdown Wikis and GIT - almost genius but still lacking  

By Sean Cull | 4/16/13 11:51 PM | - | Added by Niklas Heidloff

I have been working away trying to develop some best practices for for source control with XPages using GIT - I will publish it all and invite comments soon.

Getting the XPage Extension Library name pickers to show more than 50 names  

By Sean Cull | 3/25/13 1:06 AM | - | Added by Niklas Heidloff

The Extension Library name pickers are really nice, especially when used to choose multiple people. Out of the box they have a limitation in that they will only show 50 names.

New OpenNTF Project - Mail Delay Agent  

By Sean Cull | 3/18/13 1:14 AM | - | Added by Niklas Heidloff

Andrew Champion and I have just posted a new OpenNTF project called rather boringly Mail Delay Agent. It tries to solve the problem where people click on a doclink on and go to a different server before a workflow document has arrived there or been updated.

Installing Domino 8.5.3 UP1 FP3 on CentOS / RHEL 6.3 64 bit  

By Sean Cull | 12/3/12 4:39 AM | Infrastructure - Notes / Domino | Added by Per Henrik Lausten

Cheat Sheet for installing Domino 8.5.3 UP1 FP3 on CentOS / RHEL 6.3 64 bit