Enabling Sametime integration with RTC 2.0 on Mac OSX

The Rational Team Concert 2.0 Infocenter covers how to enable integration between the RTC Eclipse client and IBM Lotus Sametime on Windows and Linux platforms. However it doesn’t cover Mac OSX, probably because the RTC client for OSX is only an incubator.

The good news is it is perfectly possible and the steps are basically the same. The additional good news is that it also appears to work fine with newer Sametime versions than those specified. I have got it up and running with the embedded Sametime in Lotus Notes 8.5.1 for example

To get it working follow the Infocenter instructions but at step 1.a where it talks about modifying plugin_customization.ini you’ll need to know where to find that on Sametime or Notes on OSX:

For Sametime:

  1. In Applications find Sametime.app
  2. Right click and choose Show Package Contents
  3. In the Finder window that pops up go to Contents/MacOS/rcp and you’ll find plugin_customization.ini in there

For Notes embedded Sametime:

  1. In Applications find Notes.app
  2. Right click and choose Show Package Contents
  3. In the Finder window that pops up go to Contents/MacOS/rcp and you’ll find plugin_customization.ini in there

Then just edit the file and set the:

com.ibm.collaboration.realtime.brokerbridge/startBroker=true

property. You will likely find the property already specified, but with the false value so just change to true.
If you are using the Notes embedded Sametime then step 1.c is also slightly different. You will find the menu you need under File | Application | Install…
Then just follow the rest of the Infocenter instructions and everything should work!

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