ZABBIX 1.8.7


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1 September 2011

Zabbix SIA is proud to announce the availability of Zabbix 1.8.7.

Zabbix is an enterprise-class open source distributed monitoring solution. Zabbix is released under the GPL, thus it is free of charge for both commercial and non-commercial use. A complete text of the license is available at

This document contains the release notes for Zabbix 1.8.7. Download it from

This release fixes numerous issues of Zabbix 1.8.x and introduces new interesting features. A nice overview of the new features is at

If you are using Zabbix 1.8 with node-based distributed setup, please run the following SQL patch. It should improve performance of configuration syncing a lot.

DROP INDEX node_cksum_1 ON node_cksum;
CREATE INDEX node_cksum_1 on node_cksum (nodeid,cksumtype,tablename,recordid);

DROP INDEX node_cksum_1;
CREATE INDEX node_cksum_1 on node_cksum (nodeid,cksumtype,tablename,recordid);

DROP INDEX node_cksum_1;
CREATE INDEX node_cksum_1 on node_cksum (nodeid,cksumtype,tablename,recordid);

The following sections describe the release in details and provide late-breaking or other information that supplements its main documentation.

What's New in 1.8.7

:: Improved time picker

Time picker was extended to have better user friendly interface.

:: Default action conditions

New action will contain two conditions be default: "Trigger value = Problem" and "Not in maintenance"

:: Complete List of Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • [ZBX-3968] fixed issues with filtering in monitoring->events in Internet Explorer 7
  • [ZBXNEXT-898] new trigger actions have "trigger = PROBLEM" and "not in maintenance" conditions by default
  • [ZBX-4021] fixing item visibility in event then last value is null
  • [ZBX-4052] fixed key macros resolving in item names
  • [ZBX-1357] removed outdated translation strings from all translations
  • [ZBX-3998] reload recipient list for database down messages every CacheUpdateFrequency seconds
  • [ZBX-4034] fixed macros resolving in item names
  • [ZBX-4044] removed redundant query "SET CHARACTER SET"
  • [ZBX-3997] fixed IE9 dragging
  • [ZBX-4043] fixed processing of system.cpu.util on Solaris with non-sequential cpu numbers
  • [ZBX-4036] fixed period slider position saving in Monitoring->Events
  • [ZBX-1010] fixed processing of a vfs.fs.size metric on Solaris with filesystems larger than 2TB
  • [ZBX-3874] always enable all trigger severity checkboxes after enabling GUI Messaging in user profile
  • [ZBX-3889] fixed deadlocks while processing triggers
  • [ZBX-4023] fixed excess spacing and fake plural in graph deletion message
  • [ZBX-4016] fixed web monitoring item status on insert and update
  • [ZBX-3443] fixed "not selected" working as "all" in Monitoring->Events
  • [ZBX-3979] adding searchWildcardsEnabled flag in API for searching using wildcards
  • [ZBX-4018] fixed server crash on unsupported aggregate items
  • [ZBX-3908] allow empty string for formula field if multiplier is switched off
  • [ZBX-3961] added recalculation of nextcheck time after changed flexible intervals
  • [ZBX-3978] fixed time period calculation, do not include upper bound
  • [ZBX-4000] fixed stop propagation (network map element dragging in configuration) in IE9
  • [ZBX-2467] added more command line arguments to objdump to request more debugging information about crashes
  • [ZBX-3972] added "Now" and "Done" buttons into js calendar - change action after day selection
  • [ZBX-3993] fixed transmitting of templated user macros between server and proxy
  • [ZBX-4008] updated Japanese translation; thanks to Kodai Terashima
  • [ZBX-4005] updated French translation; thanks to Joseph Bueno
  • [ZBXNEXT-869] clarify in manpages how the process for runtime signalling is found

Installation and Upgrade Notes


See Zabbix Manual for full details.


Recompile Zabbix binaries and update front-end PHP files. Execute a database patch if migrating from Zabbix 1.6.x. See Zabbix Manual for a detailed upgrade procedure.

Pre-release testing

Zabbix Server

Zabbix Server has been tested on the following platforms:

  • Ubuntu Linux, AMD64, kernel 2.6.11, MySQL 5.x
  • Ubuntu Linux, Intel, kernel 2.6.15, MySQL 5.0.22, PostgreSQL 8.3
  • RedHat EL 5.3, Intel, kernel 2.6.18, Oracle 11gR2
  • Slackware Linux, x86, kernel, MySQL 5.1.x

Zabbix Agents

Zabbix Agents have been compiled and tested on the following platforms:

  • AIX 5.2
  • FreeBSD 4.x, 5.x, 6.x
  • HP-UX 10.x, 11.x
  • Linux 2.4.x, 2.6.x
  • Linux CentOS
  • NetBSD 2.0
  • OS/X 10.2
  • Solaris 8, 9, 10
  • Tru64 5.1B
  • Windows XP, 2000, 2003, 2008, Vista

Note that agents are available pre-compiled from for a limited number of versions and platforms.

Commercial support

Zabbix Company provides a full range of professional services. We also provide trouble-free upgrade service for easy migration from earlier versions to Zabbix 1.8.x. Please contact Sales for pricing and more details.


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