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Installing on Linux Server

  • On Linux the installer uses the HCL Domino server to install KEEP.
  • It is strongly recommended to use the default directories on Linux.
  • Also, do not install using the java executable in /opt/hcl/domino/bin/. If your system does not have Java installed, you can use the java executable in the /opt/hcl/domino/notes/latest/linux/jvm/bin/ directory.

The call to the installer looks like this:

sudo java -jar keepinstaller.jar \
 -d="/local/notesdata" \
 -i="/local/notesdata/notes.ini" \
 -k="/opt/hcl/keep" \
 -p="/opt/hcl/notes/linux/latest" \

All parameters

Short full parameter mandatory Description
-d --dataDir=<dataDir> Directory of your HCL Notes or Domino data
-i --ini=<notesIni> HCL Notes/Domino notes.ini file
-k --keepDir=<keepDir> Directory for the Keep binary installation
-p --programDir=<programDir> Directory where HCL Notes or Domino is installed
-a --accept   automatically accept terms & conditions
-h --help   Show this help message and exit.
-n --noIniUpdates   Install the files, show updated ini entries, but don’t write them out
-r --dryRun   do not actually copy or alter files and settings
-s --skipDirectoryCheck   skips the checks if the program and data directories
contain Notes/Domino
-V --version   Print version information and exit.

The installer adds the keep task to the automatically starting tasks. If opted out using -n you can issue load keep manually in the Domino console.

Using a response file

Instead of providing all parameters on the command line, the KEEP installer can be called using a response file:

sudo java -jar keepinstaller.jar @responses.txt

The file contains one parameter per line. Lines starting with # get ignored. :

# Sample of an installer response file

Please refer to the the KEEP task detail page.

Verifying the installation

The installer conducts a series of actions:

  • Create the Keep directory
  • copy the projectkeep*.jar file there
  • create a libs folder in the Keep directory
  • copy all supporting jar files there
  • copy keep into the Domino directory
  • update the ServerTasks variable in notes.ini, add keep
  • add a variable KeepCmdLine to the notes.ini pointing to
  • (in future) update the EXTMGR_ADDINS variable in the notes.ini

File ownership and access rights

On Linux you need to carefully check that your file and directory ownership and access rights are set correctly. The strongly recommended conventions are:

  • User to run the Domino server: notes
  • Domino installed in /opt/hcl/domino -> owned by root
  • KEEP installed in /opt/hcl/keep -> owned by root
  • Domino data directory /local/notesdata -> owned by notes
  • Access for files and directories in /opt set to 755
  • Access for directories in /local/notesdata set to 770
  • Access for files in /local/notesdata set to 660
  • NOTE: directories need the execute flag (1), otherwise they can’t be accessed, so access for a directory must be an odd number always
  • When you set access anywhere to 777 a kitten will die, don’t ever do this