ZABBIX 1.8.9


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22 November 2011

Zabbix SIA is proud to announce the availability of Zabbix 1.8.9.

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 1.8.9. Download it from

This release fixes known issues of Zabbix 1.8.x and introduces new minor features. A nice overview of the new functionality 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.

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

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


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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