Configuring X and Domino Server on Debian Sarge XEN

by Jens-Christian Fischer. Average Reading Time: about a minute.

More in my tale of the xen-server.

My goal is to run [Lotus Domino][1] on this box, and the [last installment][2] saw the server coming up, waiting to be configured. Well, it turns out, that IBM presumes that you have X installed on your servers, because it wants to setup the server using a Java frontend.

So, the first task is to setup X on the virtualized Host. [Giving your Xen instances a working X setup][3] takes care of that nicely. I found [Chicken of the VNC][4] to be a really nice VNC client for the Mac. Then I had some problems getting the Notes server to start, but (in turn) that’s what helped me:

* chowning the /usr/local/notesdata to notes:notes
* This error thrown by the domino server

> “”Please edit your shell’s DISPLAY environment variable to

> reflect an unlocked terminal that you would like to launch

> the Domino Setup Program”"

was solved through [an old post on the suse mailing list][5]
* and also by doing “xhost +” as root in the virtual server [as per this post from the corner office][6]
* and a link to the [Lotus Domino 6 for Linux][7] Redbook by IBM

So this is what I get, after a lot of fiddling:

Open problems:

* Can’t use X11 on my Mac to connect to the X client on my Xen Server. Getting all kinds of error messages, that frankly, I don’t grok (and it works with VNC, so there)
* Xen doesn’t use the Swap partition I made for the Notes server. It can’t find /dev/hda2…

But at least, the Domino server is up and running…

[1]: http://www-306.ibm.com/software/lotus/
[2]: http://blog.invisible.ch/2006/03/14/installing-lotus-domino-654-in-debian-xen/
[3]: http://www.debian-administration.org/articles/322
[4]: http://sourceforge.net/projects/cotvnc/
[5]: http://lists.suse.com/archive/suse-domino/2002-Dec/0011.html
[6]: http://colinp.dominodeveloper.net/plink/040228-0138
[7]: http://publib-b.boulder.ibm.com/redbooks.nsf/RedbookAbstracts/sg246835.html?Open

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