Domino 9.0.1: Bug with documents not appearing in categorized views

After upgrading to Domino 9.0.1 you may run into weird view problems where documents, especially response documents may not appear in categorised views.

Only “shift + F9” will solve the problem temporarily, but as soon as documents are added to the database, the problem might occur again.

The issue has already been reported in LO78849 “DOCUMENTS DISAPPEAR FROM VIEWS AFTER UPGRADING TO DOMINO 9.0.1” (authentication is required to access the technote).

According to IBM Support, this issue has the highest severity and they are working on a fix. It’s supposed to be addressed in FP2 for Domino 9.0.1.

As a temporary workaround, IBM Support recommends to set MAX_PERMUTE_RECURSE=100000 in the server’s notes.ini.

This parameter which is new in Domino 9.0.1 and 8.5.3 FP6 has been introduced due to SPR #KHAN87ZUTS and seems to be part of the root cause because

…the number of hierarchical responses that can be added to a given collection…

is now somehow limited. I wonder if the same problem also occurs in Domino 8.5.3 FP6?


IBM Notes / Domino 9.0.1 available

Version 9.0.1 of IBM (Lotus) Notes and Domino is now available and can be downloaded from IBM Passport Advantage.

It contains 267 fixes which is, compared to other .1 releases, relatively low – is this a good or bad sign?

  • 9.0.1 -> 267 fixes
  • 8.5.1 -> 1226 fixes
  • 8.0.1 -> 2162 fixes
  • 7.0.1 -> 777 fixes
  • 6.5.1 -> 2 fixes (?)
  • 6.0.1 -> 538 fixes
  • 5.0.1 -> 839 fixes


“RRV bucket is corrupt” due to compact in Domino 8.5.3

As a Domino administrator you know the error “RRV bucket is corrupt” too well (RRV = Record Relocation Vector). If it occurs, it is normally too late and you have to rely on a backup or a working replica. Yes, there are a few tools which are supposed to repair affected databases, but from my experience they mostly do not help.

The annoying thing is that you can hardly reproduce those corruptions and there are a bunch of scenarios which can cause this problem. And if it is not reproducible it is hard to take actions to avoid it. But we have learned to live with it. ;-)

Anyway, in Domino 8.5.3 (regardless of which FP) there seems to be a bug with the compact task which can cause a corrupt RRV bucket after a lot of documents have been soft-deleted from the database.

I do not know if this happens on all 8.5.3 systems without exception, but at least for me, I could reproduce it on all servers on which I tested it (Windows & Linux). So if you are running Domino 8.5.3 FPx and occasionally have corrupted databases, try to investigate in this direction.

Steps to reproduce:

  • create a new database
  • create – let’s say – 40.000 documents
  • move all documents to trash
  • run compact -c on this database

The bug has already been reported in SPR #JPAI6W8KUJ and is somehow related to Error: “Unable To Extend an ID Table – Insufficient Memory“. The mentioned hot fix for Domino 8.5.3 FP3 resolves the problem, but you have to request it separately from IBM support.

…for those who missed it: IBM Connections 4.5 and Notes/Domino 9 release dates announced

IBM Notes and Domino 9.0 Social Edition will be available on March 21 and IBM Connections 4.5 is planned to be delivered on March 29.

While I am still searching for the big “WOW”in Domino 9 (SAML support might be one), Notes 9 will have a lot of usability improvements, UI beautifications (OneUI) and iNotes enhancements.

IBM Connections 4.5 will be enhanced with IBM Connections Content Manager 4.5, which will significantly improve file and document handling in IBM Connections (hopefully). I wonder what happened to IBM Docs? Will it be included?