Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The strange story of Domino 8.5.2 Interim Fix 2


By Joe Dolittle

DominoPower contributor Vlad Tankhimovich brought the strange story of Domino 8.5.2 Interim Fix 2 (IF2) to our attention and it's a weird one.

IF2 was supposed to fix a bunch of Domino annoyances, in particular out-of-memory HTTP crashes. Always good to fix those.

As it turns out, Vlad installed IF2 and instead of getting better performance, he started getting all sorts of new problems. These included MIME content moved to attachments, HTML code in message body, and Blackberry messages not showing message body.

Oops. Once he removed IF2, everything went back to normal.

So, here's where it gets weird. A day or so later, IF2 was removed from the support portal. Then, later IF2 was put back on the support portal, but with a whole new set of hotfix numbers.

Frankly, it would have made everyone's life easier if the newly replaced update had been called IF2a or IF3, but that's sadly not the way it worked out.

In any case, if you're using IF2, be sure it's the new IF2.

Good luck and you all be safe out there, okay?