ZABBIX 1.8.8rc2


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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

This document contains the release notes for Zabbix 1.8.8rc2. Download it from

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

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.

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 1.8.8

:: 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


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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