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15 November 2011

Zabbix SIA is proud to announce the availability of Zabbix 1.8.9rc2 (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 1.8.9rc2. Download it from http://www.zabbix.com/download.php.

This release fixes known issues of Zabbix 1.8.x and introduces new minor features. A nice overview of the new functionality is at http://www.zabbix.com/documentation/1.8/manual/about/what_s_new_1.8.9.

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.

:: List of Bug Fixes included into 1.8.9rc2

  • [ZBX-4352] fixed template linking when mass updating hosts

:: Complete List of Bug Fixes and Improvements included into 1.8.9

  • [ZBX-4325] fixed maintenance periods saved with nonzero seconds
  • [ZBX-4345] fixed counting of recursive dependency levels for triggers
  • [ZBX-4027] fixed floating-point comparison and unified epsilon in trigger functions and expressions
  • [ZBX-3551] fixed image XML export for Postgres
  • [ZBX-3625] fixed validation of aggregated item keys
  • [ZBX-3117] fixed error notification when unsuccessfully copying a graph
  • [ZBX-4326] API now returns error when trying to create incorrect host profile field
  • [ZBX-4323] fixed host profile not created with host using API
  • [ZBX-4275] made server and proxy try to reconnect to the database upon startup
  • [ZBX-4159] fixed problem with generating new ids for historical tables
  • [ZBX-3988] fixed memory leak in dashboard
  • [ZBX-3498] removed items from unmonitored hosts from the 'Add graph' and 'Add simple graph' pop-ups in the 'Favourite graphs' widget
  • [ZBX-3498] removed the 'Status' column from the 'Add simple graph' pop-up
  • [ZBX-2919] fixed custom multiplier becoming 0 when creating an item
  • [ZBX-3074] moved the 'Status' column in the item list to the left
  • [ZBX-2504] replaced 'Groups' by 'Replace host groups' in host mass-update form to avoid confusion
  • [ZBX-4265] fixed host input validation
  • [ZBX-4264] fixed zabbix_agent compilation problem on HP-UX
  • [ZBX-3504] added a text notification in the maps section when no maps are defined
  • [ZBX-3749] escaped HTML entities in the web step "required" field
  • [ZBX-3402] disabled "store value" overriding for host items inherited from templates
  • [ZBX-4201] fixed template items included in bar reports
  • [ZBX-4178] fixed compilation on FreeBSD: union has no member named `sival_int'
  • [ZBX-4241] added truncation of "ids" table to the database conversion procedure
  • [ZBX-2493] improved default messages for actions
  • [ZBX-2931] fixed dns and ip fields, item statuses and trigger values for default templates
  • [ZBX-2361] fixed item keys in the default template "Template_Netscreen_25"
  • [ZBX-3441] fixed server to not process items that are disabled or removed
  • [ZBX-4249] fixed trigger wizard "insert macro" action break expression
  • [ZBX-2490] fixed acknowledge flag for events, acknowledged on a child node
  • [ZBX-3743] fixed no triggers returned when API trigger.get is called with "limit" and "withLastEventUnacknowledged" options
  • [ZBX-4203] fixed API trigger.update method removes dependencies
  • [ZBX-4232] fixed unclear log messages when checks are temporarily enabled/disabled
  • [ZBX-4221] fixed sorting by host in Configuration->Web
  • [ZBX-4198] fixed items filter when filter by host name with multiple spaces
  • [ZBX-4145] fixed images import script for PostgreSQL 9.1 and above
  • [ZBX-4045] removed the check for duplicate hosts, made the server survive the situation instead
  • [ZBX-4159] fixed frontend incorrectly handle new ids for history tables in distributed setup
  • [ZBX-4216] fixed weekdays in Brazilian Portuguese translation; thanks to Ricardo Santos
  • [ZBX-4205] fixed trigger status change not logged in audit for inherited triggers
  • [ZBX-4194] fixed SQL query errors in distributed environment with three digit node numbers
  • [ZBX-3257] fixed item type auto selection in item key popup
  • [ZBX-4026] fixed disabling SNMP host when unreachable
  • [ZBX-3942] fixed agent's collector to not gather perfstat data on AIX unless it is requested
  • [ZBX-4087] fixed error message when processing configuration file
  • [ZBX-4158] fixed DB transaction processing, stop and abort on error
  • [ZBX-4146] fixed page refreshing after adding new IT service
  • [ZBX-4176] fixed API action.update required parameters
  • [ZBX-2882] fixed wrong item vfs.file.cksum[/vmlinuz] for some templates
  • [ZBX-4072] improved performance of event acknowledging
  • [ZBX-3829] fixed trigger dependency removed after template linked to host
  • [ZBX-4131] fixed incorrect page shown after login
  • [ZBX-4104] fixed handle handling when executing scripts in Windows
  • [ZBX-4091] removed unneeded linking for binaries
  • [ZBX-4155] fixed .pid file locking not to allow multiple instances
  • [ZBX-4056] fixed memory read access violation in Windows performance counters
  • [ZBX-4177] updated Brazilian Portuguese translation; thanks to Murilo Moreira de Oliveira
  • [ZBX-4085] fixed compilation issues for OS X Leopard

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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