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Caveat when upgrading to Notes 8.5.2 CD5

Little beta oddity. When installing Notes 8.5.2 CodeDrop5 on a blank machine it works like a charm. Installing it over an existing Linux or Mac installation worked well too. On Windows using a full client (including Admin and Designer) I came across an odd behavior (It is beta after all). Notes would start into the "Loading please wait" splash screen and go into an endless loop. I tried a clean reinstall only retaining desktop8.dsk, names.nsf and notes.ini (having moved other NSF out of the way for the time being). The loop wouldn't go away. Turns out the culprit was something in the notes.ini. When stripping it down to a minimum (plus some convenience entries) Notes started really fast - faster than any previous 8.x version. I don't know if the problem also occurs with the standalone standard client. This is the notes.ini that I used:
KitType=<<your existing value>>
Directory=<<your existing value>>
InstallType=<<your existing value>>
NotesProgram=<<your existing value>>
Location=<<your existing value>>
KeyFileName=<<your existing value>>
KeyFileName_Owner=<<your existing value>>
MailServer=<<your existing value>>

As usual YMMV

Posted by on 21 June 2010 | Comments (2) | categories: Show-N-Tell Thursday


  1. posted by Fred Janssen on Monday 21 June 2010 AD:
    While CD5 was definitely slower on my system, it did start properly.
    But cleaning out the notes.ini makes a huge difference!
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. posted by Christophe on Friday 09 July 2010 AD:
    Where could I get Notes 8.5.2 beta client for Mac?

    xtoff {at} mac {dot} com