Category Archives: Mac

Two Mac OS terminal commands to remember

I just upgraded to Mac OS Mountain Lion and I had to use my two favorite terminal commands and thought I’d share them with you, even though you can easily find them in the internet.

First: Since OS X Lion Apple decided to hide the Library folder from the user.  Since for example the Lotus Notes Data folder is located there from time to time I need to access it.  To see it permanently you need to open the terminal and run the following command:

sudo chflags nohidden ~/Library

You will need to provide your admin password.

This will set the access rights so the Library folder is visible again. But be warned, this only lasts until you “repair” the disc / file permission using the disc utility. That will reset the folder to be hidden. Just rerun the command then.

The second one is regarding the fabulous Time Machine.  Whenever your near your Time Capsule or do your backups regulary when time machine is enabled, then everything is fine. But once you are on the road the Time Machine starts making backups on your local hard drive until you reach your home again. While this is very smart in regards of file history, this can be bad when you have a SSD with limited room left.  To turn of the local backups you need to run this command:

sudo tmutil disablelocal

Here, too, you will have to provide your admin password after firing the command.

Files Plugin for Lotus Notes does not upload documents

If you are using the Files Plugin Lotus Notes from the Greenhouse Solutions Catalog, you may be finding yourself being able to see and download all files in IBM Connections Files repository, but when trying to upload a file though, you might get an error message like that:

A problem with the server was encountered.

 

To solve that problem you need to add one line to Lotus Notes plugin-customization.ini:

com.ibm.documents.connector.service/ENABLE_SSL=true

Then save the ini-files, restart the Notes Client and the upload should be working now.

The plugins-customization.ini can be found in your Notes install directory/framework/rcp in Windows.  Mac user right click the Notes.app icon and choose “Show package content”. Then they go to Contents/MacOS/rpc/ .

How to activate Spotlight-Search for Lotus Notes content

One of the greatest thing of Mac OS is the Spotlight-Search (CMD+Leertaste) that gives me instant access to data and information on my computer.  Spotlight can also be used to search and find mails in Lotus Notes – actually even fast than the Notes search itself.  This must be activated first, though.

 

To do so click on Actions => Desktop Search when you are in your mailbox-view.

 

Actions / Desktop Search

 

On the next screen you set the checknark on “Enable idexing of local Lotus Notes databases”:

EnableIndexing

 

Now you get a warning that data indexed by Spotlight will not be under Lotus Notes security control anymore (e.g. spotlight may give you a preview of a mails content).  That’s why I leave the checkmark at  “Index encrypted fields” unchecked so encrypted mails do not show up in spotlights index.

DesktopSearchWarning

 

Using “Add…” you can also add further databases such as archives to the spotlight search.  I found it harder to find the proper email when all my archives are included, since I usually need recent emails.  Therefore I went back to only adding my mail file.  Once you hit Apply the changes are saved and soon (or later 😉 ) the first results will show up in your spotlight window.

 

SpotlightNotesMails

 

 

 

 

Lotus Notes displays wrong calendar week

Under certain circumstances it is possible, that Lotus Notes will display the wrong calendar week.  This is due to different counting of calendar weeks in e.g. Europe and U.S. (in Europe weeks starting on Monday in the US on sundays).  In my case this happened, when I set my Mac OS Lion to English and thus to an American Environment.  For example the last week of this year is displayed as calendar week 53 as can be seen in the following screenshot:

CalWeek53

To fix this and have the correct week shown we must set the calendar week counting to ISO standard.  To do so go to the preference pane and open Calendar and To Do followed by Regional Settings.  Now you can switch the radio button on the bottom from “Use my operating system regional setting” to “always use ISO standard“.

isostandard

After clicking OK switching back to the calendar show that the week number has changed to week 52:

week52