November 2008

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Update: This has been updated for 1.8.x. Follow this link.

I was following the Zabbix forums and people are constantly having problems installing Zabbix.

To make things easier, I wrote a magic install script for CentOS/Red Hat 5. I have tested it on CentOS 5.2.

Basically, the script tries to do a few things and assumes some things:

  • Only run this for NEW installations, you will lose data if you run on an existing installation
  • Run at your own risk
  • Installs Zabbix 1.6.1 on CentOS 5.2
  • Do not corrupt an existing system
  • Be able to run the script over and over in the event that it errors
  • Be somewhat flexible
  • The database server, web server, and zabbix server all run on one box

One final note, I did peruse a few other CentOS install guides, all of which will probably work, but all of them follow many bad practices. The magic script does a far better job and requires less effort, go figure.

Click here to download it

As of this writing, Etch is the current “stable” version of Debian.

This is how to install Zabbix!

  1. Add an unstable deb-src repository to your sources.list. If you have problems later, make sure the following deb-src line is the only deb-src line in your sources.list file.
    echo "deb-src http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ unstable main contrib non-free" >> /etc/apt/sources.list
  2. Update your package repository
    apt-get update
  3. Install necessary packages for this compiling project
    apt-get install libcurl3-dev build-essential automake1.9  libsnmp9-dev libiksemel-dev libopenipmi-dev libpq-dev
  4. Download source
    cd /tmp
    apt-get source zabbix
    cd zabbix-1.6.1
  5. Modify source because etch doesn’t have libcurl4. Modify the control file (line 6) where it says “libcurl4-gnutls-dev” with “libcurl3-dev”
    vi debian/control
  6. Compile source. If you’re missing packages, this command will tell you what other packages you need to install before this command works properly.
    dpkg-buildpackage -rfakeroot
  7. Install fresh packages
    cd ..
    ls -l *deb
    dpkg -i ./<zabbix package of your choice>.deb

All done. Remember, this guide doesn’t tell you how to use Zabbix. I suggest you look in the /usr/share/doc/zabbix* directories that the packages created. Also, read the documentation, forums, wiki, etc.

Enjoy.