ZABBIX 2.4.2rc1

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31 October 2014

Zabbix SIA is pleased to announce the availability of Zabbix 2.4.2rc1 (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 2.4.2rc1. Download it from http://www.zabbix.com/download.php.

This release fixes known issues of Zabbix 2.4.x and introduces new minor features. A nice overview of the new functionality is at https://www.zabbix.com/documentation/2.4/manual/introduction/whatsnew242.

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

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

What's New in 2.4.2rc1

:: Increased command length

Increased limitation of command length for remote commands with agent.

:: Updated translations

Updated Brazilian Portuguese, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Slovak and Spanish translations.

:: List of Improvements included into 2.4.2rc1

  • [ZBX-1357] updated Brazilian Portuguese, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Slovak and Spanish translations
  • [ZBX-8503] increased limitation of command length for remote commands with agent

:: Complete List of Bug Fixes and Improvements included into 2.4.2rc1

  • [ZBX-1357] updated Brazilian Portuguese, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Slovak and Spanish translations; thanks to Zabbix translators
  • [ZBX-8503] increased limitation of command length for remote commands with agent
  • [ZBX-8978] fixed propagation of the SNMP bulk flag into discovered hosts
  • [ZBX-8978] fixed propagation of the interfaces into discovered hosts in same order as in the parent host
  • [ZBX-8970] fixed interfaces list not being displayed correctly for discovered hosts
  • [ZBX-8849] fixed redundant linking with -lcrypto when linking with Net-SNMP
  • [ZBX-8913] fixed JSON validation sometimes failing to process utf-8 sequences
  • [ZBX-8951] fixed agent crash on HP-UX 11.31 when processing "net.if.discovery" item
  • [ZBX-8901] added ability to use scientific notation and floats without leading 0 to Configuration -> Hosts -> Discovery -> Item Prototypes
  • [ZBX-6542] updated description of HousekeepingFrequency parameter in the default server and proxy configuration files
  • [ZBX-8833] fixed dynamic SNMP item cache working incorrectly for hosts with multiple SNMP interfaces, optimized cache performance
  • [ZBX-8904] fixed item.get API to not read all host interfaces when option "selectInterfaces" is used
  • [ZBX-8538] added Net-SNMP retry of 1 for cases where Zabbix will not be retrying itself
  • [ZBX-8538] changed the strategy to decrease the optimal number of variables two times only
  • [ZBX-8232] fixed performance issues in maps
  • [ZBX-8948] fixed memory leak when checking Template condition during action processing
  • [ZBX-6353] improved history cache performance when it's flooded with data from less than 1000 items
  • [ZBX-8916] fixed "lastlogsize" not being updated in the configuration cache when values are received from the agent
  • [ZBX-8877] fixed filters not hiding/showing for IE11
  • [ZBX-8794] fixed parsing of runtime control options and related error messages
  • [ZBX-8885] fixed building of Zabbix daemons with IBM DB2 support on systems with newer gcc compilers
  • [ZBX-8791] fixed importing sysmaps when host elements are linked and have a trigger assigned to the link
  • [ZBX-8072] fixed bug when long messages were not truncated to 2KB when inserting into alerts table on DB2 databases
  • [ZBX-6174] fixed "skipDependent" option in trigger.get API call to correctly handle cases when triggers on which they depend are disabled
  • [ZBX-8887] fixed error messages when saving graph with invalid width and height
  • [ZBX-8699] fixed zbx_sleep_loop() to handle correctly signal arrival
  • [ZBX-8793] fixed processing of snmp value to represent it as integer
  • [ZBX-8726] fixed warning messages shown by deprecated PHP 5.6 options "mbstring.internal_encoding" and "always_populate_raw_post_data"
  • [ZBX-8817] fixed incorrect clearing of web scenario item history and trends
  • [ZBX-8830] fixed map pop-up menu "Triggers" link being always disabled for host group map elements
  • [ZBX-5561] fixed configuration failure during cross compilation; thanks to Christof Lauber for the patch
  • [ZBX-8621] added validation of received SNMP responses and warnings in case SNMP responses are bad
  • [ZBX-8764] added missing validation for resource ID in screenitem.create and screenitem.update API
  • [ZBX-8754] fixed crash in escalator when processing an alert without an user, but with a media type set

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 1.8.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 2000, Server 2003, XP, Vista, Server 2008, 7, 8, Server 2012

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 2.4.x. Please contact Sales for pricing and more details.

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