Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Setting up zabbix using official instructions and repo: Step 1 we ain't there yet

So I am installing Zabbix. Why, well, you probably know. If not, we can talk about that in a different article. Yes I am testing my ansible playbook in a docker container, but right now that too is not important. The How I did It will be in a different article. This article is the Everything That Went Wrong and How I Got Around That one. Think of it as an insight of how I deal with me being clueless; laughing at my expense is acceptable and maybe even recommended.

I want to install latest version of Zabbix in a CentOS 7 host, as a result I will be using the official zabbix 3.2 install docs, which are the most current when I wrote this article. For now I will be lazy and use the mysql version since it is faster to setup; we can revisit that later.


  1. Need the repo. Per the official Zabbix instructions, I am using the official Zabbix repo, which as of the time of this writing can be obtained by

    rpm -ivh http://repo.zabbix.com/zabbix/3.2/rhel/7/x86_64/zabbix-release-3.2-1.el7.noarch.rpm

    I did write a script to get the latest rpm, but it is not important right now. Now, if you are curious, here is the repo config file:

    [root@zabbix ~]# cat /etc/yum.repos.d/zabbix.repo 
    name=Zabbix Official Repository - $basearch
    name=Zabbix Official Repository non-supported - $basearch 
    [root@zabbix ~]# 

    Before you ask, I am making a point to accidentally post it here for a reason, which will become clearer later.

  2. The database server. Thanks to irc user leManu enlightening me, we are not supposed to install mysql (or whatever db) server on the machine that will run zabbix server. With that said, the line

    mysql> grant all privileges on zabbix.* to zabbix@localhost identified by '';

    in the official docs has a very localhost feel to it.

    We better build the db server first, and then go there and create the zabbix user, tying it to the IP for the zabbix server. I used mariadb and then grabbed the required -- FQDN, port, zabbix password -- info and came back to the zabbix server.

  3. Packages. We have the repo setup, and database server info on standby. We might as well start installing zabbix itself, right?

    [root@zabbix ~]# yum install zabbix-server-mysql zabbix-web-mysql 
    --> Finished Dependency Resolution
    Error: Package: zabbix-server-mysql-3.2.4-2.el7.x86_64 (zabbix)
               Requires: fping
    Error: Package: zabbix-server-mysql-3.2.4-2.el7.x86_64 (zabbix)
               Requires: libiksemel.so.3()(64bit)
     You could try using --skip-broken to work around the problem
     You could try running: rpm -Va --nofiles --nodigest
    [root@zabbix ~]# 

    Bummer. Why didn't it grab them from the normal centos repo? I guess maybe it does not have them and we will need to fetch them from another repo. But, before we add another repo, do you remember the file /etc/yum.repos.d/zabbix.repo, whose contents we pasted earlier? It has a zabbix-non-supported; how about if we take a quick look there?

    [root@zabbix ~]# yum whatprovides */fping --enablerepo=zabbix-non-supported
    Loaded plugins: fastestmirror, ovl
    Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
     * base: mirrors.gigenet.com
     * extras: mirror.keystealth.org
     * updates: mirror.umd.edu
    fping-3.10-1.el7.x86_64 : Scriptable, parallelized ping-like utility
    Repo        : zabbix-non-supported
    Matched from:
    Filename    : /usr/sbin/fping
    fping-3.10-1.el7.x86_64 : Scriptable, parallelized ping-like utility
    Repo        : @zabbix-non-supported
    Matched from:
    Filename    : /usr/sbin/fping
    [root@zabbix ~]# 

    Short version: grab the two packages we need from it already:

    yum install fping iksemel --enablerepo=zabbix-non-supported
  4. Missing setup file (thanks Yum!). Per the docs, we are now supposed to grab a file called /usr/share/doc/zabbix-server-mysql-3.2.4/create.sql.gz and use it to initially populate the zabbix database. Thing is, I can't find that (/usr/share/doc/zabbix-server-mysql-3.2.4) directory, much less the file:

    [root@zabbix ~]# ls  /usr/share/doc/
    coreutils-8.22    pam-1.1.8             python-pycurl-7.19.0
    gnupg2-2.0.22     pygpgme-0.3           unixODBC-2.3.1
    krb5-libs-1.13.2  python-kitchen-1.1.1  zabbix-release-3.2
    [root@zabbix ~]# 

    Maybe /usr/share/doc/zabbix-release-3.2/ is the directory and the docs were off? I will have to expertly crush your hopes:

    [root@zabbix ~]# ls  /usr/share/doc/zabbix-release-3.2/
    [root@zabbix ~]# ls -l  /usr/share/doc/zabbix-release-3.2/
    total 20
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 18385 Feb 15  2016 GPL
    [root@zabbix ~]# head -10  /usr/share/doc/zabbix-release-3.2/GPL 
    The following copyright applies to the Red Hat Linux compilation and any 
    portions of Red Hat Linux it does not conflict with. Whenever this
    policy does conflict with the copyright of any individual portion of Red Hat 
    Linux, it does not apply.
                        GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
                           Version 2, June 1991
    [root@zabbix ~]# 

    Maybe it is somewhere else? Nope.

    [root@zabbix ~]# find / -name create.sql.gz -print
    [root@zabbix ~]# 

    So, where's it? Hey, don't look at me like that. I too have no idea. Let's grab the rpm and then take a look at it:

    root@zabbix:/tmp$ rpm -qlp zabbix-server-mysql-3.2.4-2.el7.x86_64.rpm | grep cre
    warning: zabbix-server-mysql-3.2.4-2.el7.x86_64.rpm: Header V4 DSA/SHA1 Signatur
    e, key ID 79ea5ed4: NOKEY

    That is the version we installed, right?

    [root@zabbix ~]# rpm -q zabbix-server-mysql
    [root@zabbix ~]#

    Looks like it. And yum's log, /var/log/yum.log file think so too:

    Mar 07 14:30:20 Installed: zabbix-web-mysql-3.2.4-2.el7.noarch
    Mar 07 14:30:21 Installed: zabbix-web-3.2.4-2.el7.noarch
    Mar 07 14:30:22 Installed: zabbix-server-mysql-3.2.4-2.el7.x86_64

    This really does not make sense. Let me look again at the contents of the installed package, not at the rpm:

    [root@zabbix ~]# rpm -qlv zabbix-server-mysql
    -rw-r--r--    1 root    root                      132 Mar  2 14:55 /etc/logrotate.d/zabbix-server
    -rw-r-----    1 root    zabbix                  14876 Mar  2 14:55 /etc/zabbix/zabbix_server.conf
    -rw-r--r--    1 root    root                      415 Mar  2 14:29 /usr/lib/systemd/system/zabbix-server.service
    -rw-r--r--    1 root    root                       35 Mar  2 14:29 /usr/lib/tmpfiles.d/zabbix-server.conf
    drwxr-xr-x    2 root    root                        0 Mar  2 14:55 /usr/lib/zabbix/alertscripts
    drwxr-xr-x    2 root    root                        0 Mar  2 14:55 /usr/lib/zabbix/externalscripts
    -rwxr-xr-x    1 root    root                  2220064 Mar  2 14:55 /usr/sbin/zabbix_server_mysql
    drwxr-xr-x    2 root    root                        0 Mar  2 14:55 /usr/share/doc/zabbix-server-mysql-3.2.4
    -rw-r--r--    1 root    root                       98 Feb 27 09:22 /usr/share/doc/zabbix-server-mysql-3.2.4/AUTHORS
    -rw-r--r--    1 root    root                    17990 Feb 27 09:23 /usr/share/doc/zabbix-server-mysql-3.2.4/COPYING
    -rw-r--r--    1 root    root                   742520 Feb 27 09:22 /usr/share/doc/zabbix-server-mysql-3.2.4/ChangeLog
    -rw-r--r--    1 root    root                       52 Feb 27 09:24 /usr/share/doc/zabbix-server-mysql-3.2.4/NEWS
    -rw-r--r--    1 root    root                      188 Feb 27 09:22 /usr/share/doc/zabbix-server-mysql-3.2.4/README
    -rw-r--r--    1 root    root                  1161488 Mar  2 14:49 /usr/share/doc/zabbix-server-mysql-3.2.4/create.sql.gz
    -rw-r--r--    1 root    root                      881 Mar  2 14:55 /usr/share/man/man8/zabbix_server.8.gz
    drwxr-xr-x    2 zabbix  zabbix                      0 Mar  2 14:55 /var/log/zabbix
    drwxr-xr-x    2 zabbix  zabbix                      0 Mar  2 14:55 /var/run/zabbix
    [root@zabbix ~]# ls /usr/share/doc/zabbix-server-mysql-3.2.4/create.sql.gz
    ls: cannot access /usr/share/doc/zabbix-server-mysql-3.2.4/create.sql.gz: No such file or directory
    [root@zabbix ~]# 

    It turns out (kudos to irc user TrevorH for pointing that out) that yum is configured not to install docs

    [root@zabbix ~]# grep -ir tsflags /etc/yum.*
    [root@zabbix ~]# 

    Let's comment it out then and try again

    [root@zabbix ~]# sed -i -e 's/^tsflags=nodocs/#tsflags=nodocs/' /etc/yum.conf
    [root@zabbix ~]# yum reinstall zabbix-server-mysql zabbix-web-mysql --enablerepo=zabbix
    Loaded plugins: fastestmirror, ovl
    Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
     * base: dist1.800hosting.com
     * extras: mirror.eboundhost.com
     * updates: mirror.es.its.nyu.edu
    Resolving Dependencies
    --> Running transaction check
    ---> Package zabbix-server-mysql.x86_64 0:3.2.4-2.el7 will be reinstalled
    ---> Package zabbix-web-mysql.noarch 0:3.2.4-2.el7 will be reinstalled
    --> Finished Dependency Resolution
    Dependencies Resolved
     Package                   Arch         Version              Repository    Size
     zabbix-server-mysql       x86_64       3.2.4-2.el7          zabbix       1.8 M
     zabbix-web-mysql          noarch       3.2.4-2.el7          zabbix       5.1 k
    Transaction Summary
    Reinstall  2 Packages
    Total download size: 1.8 M
    Installed size: 4.0 M
    Is this ok [y/d/N]: y
    Downloading packages:
    (1/2): zabbix-web-mysql-3.2.4-2.el7.noarch.rpm             | 5.1 kB   00:00     
    (2/2): zabbix-server-mysql-3.2.4-2.el7.x86_64.rpm          | 1.8 MB   00:01     
    Total                                              1.7 MB/s | 1.8 MB  00:01     
    Running transaction check
    Running transaction test
    Transaction test succeeded
    Running transaction
      Installing : zabbix-web-mysql-3.2.4-2.el7.noarch                          1/2 
      Installing : zabbix-server-mysql-3.2.4-2.el7.x86_64                       2/2 
      Verifying  : zabbix-server-mysql-3.2.4-2.el7.x86_64                       1/2 
      Verifying  : zabbix-web-mysql-3.2.4-2.el7.noarch                          2/2 
      zabbix-server-mysql.x86_64 0:3.2.4-2.el7                                      
      zabbix-web-mysql.noarch 0:3.2.4-2.el7                                         
    [root@zabbix ~]# ls /usr/share/doc/
    coreutils-8.22    pygpgme-0.3           zabbix-release-3.2
    gnupg2-2.0.22     python-kitchen-1.1.1  zabbix-server-mysql-3.2.4
    krb5-libs-1.13.2  python-pycurl-7.19.0
    pam-1.1.8         unixODBC-2.3.1
    [root@zabbix ~]# ls /usr/share/doc/zabbix-server-mysql-3.2.4/
    AUTHORS  ChangeLog  COPYING  create.sql.gz  NEWS  README
    [root@zabbix ~]# 

    Success at last!

I think that is enough for one article. If you expect this to have any closure or redeeming message, I have news for you sunshine. Just hope that the next zabbix article will talk about actually getting it installed and configured and running. But, I make no guarantees.

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