Signing a Notes Template

Tuesday 1st March, 2005
I've been doing a fair amount of AppDev work recently, which is always fun being from an Admin background. Nothing major just a case of creating a template copy with new version number, making changes and then applying them to a test DB. When all verified I'm then applying my new template to the production databases.

Now this is all simple until it comes to signing the templates with the right ID. As I work on multiple client machines, I keep my templates server side. When the modifications are made, I then have to sign them..on the server. Where do I have to go to sign them...the admin client. Although I've not done any admin all day, just development, I have to fire up the Domino Admin client, open the appropriate server, switch to the files tab, wait 5-10mins for the whole filesystem to download (why this is so slow is quite beyond me) and then select my DB and click the sign button.

Why can I not just choose a "sign this DB" option within the designer client? Why do my developers need an admin client? All seems a bit pointless to me...or am I missing the option somewhere?

  1. 1) John Baxter Said: (01/03/2005 17:44:54 GMT) Gravatar Image
    Signing a Notes Template

    Ben, I know what your getting at - but there is a potential work around if you create an agent using the new Sign method under the Notesdatabase class in R6? Not used it specifically in this context, but can't see why it wouldn't work.

  2. 2) Declan Lynch Said: (01/03/2005 20:21:57 GMT) Gravatar Image
    Signing a Notes Template

    the new Notesdatabase.sign a a good workaround. Just create an agent and away you go.

    I've added this to the BlogSphere HealthCheck agent for the next version and it works quite well.

  3. 3) Chris Whisonant Said: (09/03/2005 18:25:18 GMT) Gravatar Image
    Signing a Notes Template

    I'm with you on that one Ben. The Notesdatabase.sign looks promising though.

    About why the file system takes so long to display - could be server hardware and/or utilization. On my old iSeries it could take several minutes to show up, but I just checked and it's taking 20 seconds on my new server. I still have my old server up (now as a cluster to the new server) and it's taking 10-15 seconds to display the same list of files. This makes me think it's more of a utilization issue than hardware b/c the cluster box has no users on it. Still, with the new hardware with the same # of users I'm seeing MUCH better view displays.

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