Lotus Domino file locations and troubleshooting tips

Lotus Domino Server is one of the Web servers that WebSphere Application Server supports. We must be aware of configuration file locations and other useful tips related to using Lotus Domino.

Lotus Domino Server file locations

Lotus Domino server file locations are:

(iseries) The Domino Server plug-in might fail to load on an IBM i system

Error messages in the Domino console can indicate more detailed error messages in the Notes spool files. For example, if you see the following error message on the Domino console, perform the following steps:

Sample error message:

01/05/2006 13:28:56 HTTP Server:

  1. From a CL command prompt, enter the Work with Spool Files (WRKSPLF) command:


  2. Use option 5 to open the applicable spool file for the notes server.

    You might have to stop the Domino server to view the spool file.

  3. Inspect the output to find applicable error messages. For example, suppose that the following entry is in the log:

    ERROR: lib_sxp: sxpCreate: Can't open    '/QIBM/UserData/webas5/base/rb5025test/config
      /cells/plugin-cfg.xml', OS Err: 3401   ERROR: ws_config_parser: configParserParse:    Failed to create the sxpParser object for    profile_root/config/plugin-cfg.xml   ERROR: ws_common: websphereUpdateConfig:
      Failed parsing plugin config file:   ERROR: profile_root/config/plugin-cfg.xml
    ERROR: The above file may not have correct authorities.   ERROR: Do WRKLNK, Opt 9 on above file.  ERROR: Check that QTMHHTTP and QNOTES have correct authorities:   ERROR: QTMHHTTP *RX  ERROR: QNOTES *RX  ERROR: ws_common: websphereInit:    Failed to load the config file  ERROR: domino5_plugin: FilterInit:    Failed to initialize WebSphere 

The Domino Server plug-in might fail to configure on a Solaris platform

If this occurs during installation, a dsapi_stderr.txt file is created in the logs directory and you get the following error messages:

lotus.notes.NotesException: Could not load dll for system name SUNOS
       at lotus.notes.NotesThread.load(NotesThread.java:210)
       at lotus.notes.NotesThread.<clinit>(NotesThread.java:24)
java.lang.UnsatisfiedLinkError: NnotesInitThread
       at lotus.notes.NotesThread.NnotesInitThread(Native Method)
       at lotus.notes.NotesThread.initThread(NotesThread.java:99)
       at lotus.notes.NotesThread.run(NotesThread.java:133)

We can configure the WAS or Domino Server plug-in manually using the Domino Server Web Administration tool. Use the following procedures:

  1. Start the Domino Server.

  2. Enter the URL for the Domino Server Web Administration site using a browser. For example, http://host/names.nsf. Enter the administrator user name and password.

  3. Double-click Server-Servers.

  4. Double-click WebServer to configure.

  5. Double-click Edit Server.

  6. Double-click Internet Protocol.

  7. Add the WAS DSAPI plug-in to the DSAPI field. For example, app_server_root/bin/libdomino5_http.so

    If there are already DSAPI filter files specified, use a space to delimit the WAS plug-in file.

  8. Double-click Save and Close.

  9. Restart the Domino Server.

Avoiding a DSAPI filter-loading error when the Lotus Domino Server starts

On operating systems such as AIX or Linux, if the Lotus Domino Web Server starts using a nonroot user, you are likely to generate a DSAPI filter-loading error when the Lotus Domino Server starts:

Error loading DSAPI filter.
 Filter not loaded: app_server_root/bin/libdomino6_http.a

Manually change the WAS bin directory permissions from 750 to 755 to run Lotus Domino Server as a nonroot user and not generate the error.

We must also change permissions on the WAS logs directory to 777 to allow Lotus Domino Server to write to the log. However, this change poses a security risk.

If the Lotus Domino Server is started as root, the problem does not occur.

Related tasks

  • Configure Lotus Domino