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Upgrade Tips for GroupWise on Linux

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By Alan Evans

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Posted: 12 Jun 2007


A Forum reader recently asked:

"I tried to perform the upgrade of my GroupWise 7.0.1 system on OES Linux. Currently, the MTA, POA and GWIA are functioning perfectly on the system. I tried to perform the upgrade, but it crashed.

I downloaded the upgrade tarball and expanded it on my system. I started the install and got through the file copy just fine. It prompted for the domain location; I browsed to the directory and hit Enter. At that point, the upgrade stopped and the program exited. There was no error message and I can't find anything in the logs."

And here's the response from Alan Evans ...


For service packs, all you should need to do is upgrade the RPMs. This has worked for me for the following upgrades:

6.5.6 --> 6.5.7
6.5.7 --> 7.0.1
7.0.1 --> 7.0.2

Here's what you need to do:

1. cd to the directory where you extracted the tar file to and issue these commands:

rpm -Uvh ./agents/linux/novell-groupwise-agents-7.0.2-20070406.i386.rpm
rpm -Uvh ./internet/gwia/linux/novell-groupwise-gwia-7.0.2-20070406.i386.rpm
rpm -Uvh ./internet/webaccess/linux/novell-groupwise-gwinter-7.0.2-20070406.i386.rpm
rpm -Uvh ./internet/webaccess/linux/novell-groupwise-webaccess-7.0.2-20070406.i386.rpm

2. Then issue the following command to restart the various agents and apache/tomcat:

/etc/init.d/grpwise restart
/etc/init.d/tomcat4 restart

- or for SLES 10 -

/etc/init.d/tomcat5 restart
/etc/init.d/apache2 restart

3. Rather than hunting for the RPMs, you can just cd to the directory where you extracted the tar file to and issue this command:

find . -name "*.rpm"

This takes only a few minutes. The only glitch I have is that I am running on SLES 10, which does not use jod_jk apache. So, I have to change my /etc/apache2/conf/gw.conf file.

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