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14 September 2011

Zabbix SIA is proud to announce the availability of Zabbix 1.8.8rc2 (Second Release Candidate).

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 http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.txt.

This document contains the release notes for Zabbix 1.8.8rc2. Download it from http://www.zabbix.com/download.php.

This release fixes known issues of Zabbix 1.8.x including one nasty server-side crash of Zabbix 1.8.7 and introduces new interesting features. A nice overview of the new functionality is at http://www.zabbix.com/documentation/1.8/manual/about/what_s_new_1.8.8.

This release is not for production use. It is a Release Candidate!

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.

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

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

PostgreSQL:
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 1.8.8

:: Improved performance of trigger evaluation

Zabbix Server was improved to calculate certain text and log related trigger expressions much faster without use of database queries.

:: New option to show items without data

Latest data view was enhanced to have an option of viewing those items having to historical data.

:: Changed API search wildcard

API search wildcard was changed from "%" to more traditional "*".

:: New macro for trigger URL

Support of {TRIGGER.ID} macro was added for a trigger URL parameter.

:: List of Bug Fixes included into 1.8.8rc2

  • [ZBX-4141] fixed possible hang of server/proxy processes after unsuccessful execution of a SQL statement
  • [ZBX-4135] fixed item selection in trigger expression editor

:: Complete List of Bug Fixes and Improvements included into 1.8.8

  • [ZBX-3676] fixed item selection in bar report
  • [ZBX-4070] improved performance of handling of trigger functions
  • [ZBXNEXT-921] added option to show items without data in latest data
  • [ZBX-2457] changed "type" to "ENGINE" in MySQL upgrade patches for MySQL 5.5 compatibility
  • [ZBX-4099] fixed possible crash when processing of functions sum(), min(), max() or diff() in triggers, aggregated checks or calculated items
  • [ZBX-3030] fixed event durations in monitoring
  • [ZBXNEXT-902] changed API search wildcard from "%" to "*"
  • [ZBX-3967] fixed alerter hang on long running alert scripts
  • [ZBX-3970] fixed proxy crash after database connection to postgresql is recovered
  • [ZBX-3175] fixed value type for 'vfs.fs.size[/var,used]' in data.sql
  • [ZBX-4068] updated French translation; thanks to Joseph Bueno
  • [ZBX-4066] fixed macros saving in administration
  • [ZBXNEXT-900] added support of {TRIGGER.ID} macro in a trigger url
  • [ZBX-4045] added check for duplicate hosts or proxies - if found, configuration syncer logs a warning and exits
  • [ZBX-4059] fixed a potential buffer overflow in item parameter parsing

Installation and Upgrade Notes

Installation

See Zabbix Manual for full details.

Upgrade

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 2.6.29.6, 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 http://www.zabbix.com/download.php 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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