Release of Cacti 0.8.7g BETA 1

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Release of Cacti 0.8.7g BETA 1

#1 Post by rony » Tue Jun 08, 2010 8:53 pm

Release of Cacti 0.8.7g BETA 1

We the Cacti Group are proud to release the following:
  • Cacti 0.8.7g Beta 1
  • Spine 0.8.7g Beta 1
  • Cacti Plugin Architecture 2.8 for Cacti 0.8.7g Beta 1
Cacti 0.8.7g Change Log
  • bug: Warning in lib/snmp.php caused by misspelled variable
  • bug: Use windows-aware shell escaping
  • bug#0001747: oid_suffix do not work correctly for data queries input direction
  • bug#0001756: Alternate font styles do not work correctly
  • bug#0001763: Adding permissions doesn't work
  • bug#0001757: LDAP realm authentication outputs warning for undefined index
  • bug#0001765: Tech support does not work correctly with RRDTool 1.4.x
  • bug#0001766: Page refresh setting not being honored
  • bug#0001771: "index count changed" not implemented for query_unix_partitions.pl, query_host_partitions.pl, query_cpu_partitions.pl, ss_host_cpu.php and ss_host_disk.php
  • bug#0001773: Character encoding problem after upgrade to 0.8.7f
  • bug#0001775: Tech support page does account for no memory limit set for PHP
  • bug#0001776: Simultaneous database connections are not supported
Cacti Plugin Architecture Upgrade Information

Change to global.php and config.php
  • For legacy plugins, those that must be installed in global.php, we have moved the plugins array out of global.php and into config.php. This was done to insure that global.php remains pristine. It is a file that is not intended to be modified, so with the PIA installed, you should not have to.
  • The variable "URL_PATH" has also been moved from global.php to config.php for the same reason as the plugins array. For those of you upgrading from very old Plugin Architectures you should know that in the past, we attempted to "detect" this path. However, the process was not reliable. Therefore, you have to specify that path in config.php.
Visual Changes in Cacti

Visual changes will not impact the functionality of existing plugins. However, due to some poor practices, some of the page rendering may be a bit off.

To address this issue, The Cacti Group has prepared releases of approximately 17 existing plugins in our stable of addon's to maintain a consistent look and feel. Those plugins will be released during the Beta cycle.

There has been quite a bit of work put into these updated plugins. If you find that there is a feature that you want or need that did not make it into an updated plugin, please open a feature request at http://www.cacti.net/bugs.php .

Changes to Cacti's Core

There are two changes in the Core of Cacti that will affect some plugins. The first change is that we have provided RRDtool segfault detection and correction in Cacti 0.8.7g. What this means to plugins that leverage our rrdtool_function_* functions is that for graphing and certain other functions, those plugins will require a minor change. To date, the plugins that we know of, are THold, Boost, and Realtime. We have not performed a comprehensive audit off all plugins, if you experience problems you should seek out your Plugins' developers to determine the impact.

The other core change in Cacti 0.8.7g, is Cacti's ability to detect SNMP time-outs in the core SNMP functions. So, if you are using cmd.php or you are using things like MacTrack, that leverage the SNMP API in Cacti, you will have much more capabilities to detect problems in the behaviour of Cacti by simply going to the Cacti log file.

Functional Changes in the PIA

When you go to the Plugin Management page, you will notice a fairly significant change. In this release, we tuned up the Plugin Management interface to make it a bit easier to understand how your plugins are loaded and controlled. There is now the concept of a System plugin and a General plugin. You can also define the load order of your PIA 2.x plugins. This is important in that some plugins require other plugins be loaded first in order to work properly. We still do not have an API to control this. That will be delivered in the next release of Cacti. However, for those of your who have been locked down to having your plugins in PIA 1.x due to the load ordering issue, that barrier will be removed in this release.

Reporting Bugs

It's important that you use the forums to have a discussion with amongst the members of the Cacti Community. However, when you find a bug, you need to make sure that you use the appropriate forum to open and bring those bugs to a close. That forum is the Cacti bug tracker ( http://www.cacti.net/bugs.php ). All the developers use this tool religiously. So, we need you to do that as well.

Release of 0.8.7g as Non-Beta

We understand that people where expecting a release of 0.8.7g yesterday June 7th. But after much discussions, we came to the conclusion that we wanted a short Beta period to make sure everything was up to snuff. If all looks good over the course of the next 2 weeks, we will be making an official release of Cacti 0.8.7g, Spine 0.8.7g and Plugin Arch 2.8.

Download Beta

http://www.cacti.net/downloads/beta/

Thanks!
The Cacti Group
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#2 Post by mturczan » Tue Jun 08, 2010 9:43 pm

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Re: Release of Cacti 0.8.7g BETA 1

#3 Post by heybigben » Wed Jun 09, 2010 12:41 am

awsome work everyone.

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Thanks!

#4 Post by _raindrop18 » Wed Jun 09, 2010 8:21 am

thanks all for your hard work! appreciated your time and effort :D

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#5 Post by zoemu » Wed Jun 09, 2010 9:18 am

Brand new installation, worked fine...until a try to do the PIA (pre patched) and I started getting this errrors in the cati log

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06/09/2010 10:11:53 AM - CMDPHP: Poller[0] ERROR: SQL Assoc Failed!, Error:'1146', SQL:"SELECT 1 AS id, ph.name, ph.file, ph.function FROM plugin_hooks AS ph LEFT JOIN plugin_config AS pc ON pc.directory=ph.name WHERE ph.status = 1 AND hook = 'draw_navigation_text' AND ph.name IN ('settings', 'boost', 'dsstats') UNION SELECT pc.id, ph.name, ph.file, ph.function FROM plugin_hooks AS ph LEFT JOIN plugin_config AS pc ON pc.directory=ph.name WHERE ph.status = 1 AND hook = 'draw_navigation_text' AND ph.name NOT IN ('settings', 'boost', 'dsstats') ORDER BY id ASC"  
06/09/2010 10:11:53 AM - CMDPHP: Poller[0] ERROR: SQL Assoc Failed!, Error:'1146', SQL:"SELECT 1 AS id, ph.name, ph.file, ph.function FROM plugin_hooks AS ph LEFT JOIN plugin_config AS pc ON pc.directory=ph.name WHERE ph.status = 1 AND hook = 'top_header_tabs' AND ph.name IN ('settings', 'boost', 'dsstats') UNION SELECT pc.id, ph.name, ph.file, ph.function FROM plugin_hooks AS ph LEFT JOIN plugin_config AS pc ON pc.directory=ph.name WHERE ph.status = 1 AND hook = 'top_header_tabs' AND ph.name NOT IN ('settings', 'boost', 'dsstats') ORDER BY id ASC"  
06/09/2010 10:11:53 AM - CMDPHP: Poller[0] ERROR: SQL Assoc Failed!, Error:'1146', SQL:"SELECT 1 AS id, ph.name, ph.file, ph.function FROM plugin_hooks AS ph LEFT JOIN plugin_config AS pc ON pc.directory=ph.name WHERE ph.status = 1 AND hook = 'body_style' AND ph.name IN ('settings', 'boost', 'dsstats') UNION SELECT pc.id, ph.name, ph.file, ph.function FROM plugin_hooks AS ph LEFT JOIN plugin_config AS pc ON pc.directory=ph.name WHERE ph.status = 1 AND hook = 'body_style' AND ph.name NOT IN ('settings', 'boost', 'dsstats') ORDER BY id ASC"  
it seems to be looking for settings, boost and dsstats which I do not have installed

thanks

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#6 Post by rony » Wed Jun 09, 2010 10:20 am

zoemu wrote:Brand new installation, worked fine...until a try to do the PIA (pre patched) and I started getting this errrors in the cati log

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06/09/2010 10:11:53 AM - CMDPHP: Poller[0] ERROR: SQL Assoc Failed!, Error:'1146', SQL:"SELECT 1 AS id, ph.name, ph.file, ph.function FROM plugin_hooks AS ph LEFT JOIN plugin_config AS pc ON pc.directory=ph.name WHERE ph.status = 1 AND hook = 'draw_navigation_text' AND ph.name IN ('settings', 'boost', 'dsstats') UNION SELECT pc.id, ph.name, ph.file, ph.function FROM plugin_hooks AS ph LEFT JOIN plugin_config AS pc ON pc.directory=ph.name WHERE ph.status = 1 AND hook = 'draw_navigation_text' AND ph.name NOT IN ('settings', 'boost', 'dsstats') ORDER BY id ASC"  
06/09/2010 10:11:53 AM - CMDPHP: Poller[0] ERROR: SQL Assoc Failed!, Error:'1146', SQL:"SELECT 1 AS id, ph.name, ph.file, ph.function FROM plugin_hooks AS ph LEFT JOIN plugin_config AS pc ON pc.directory=ph.name WHERE ph.status = 1 AND hook = 'top_header_tabs' AND ph.name IN ('settings', 'boost', 'dsstats') UNION SELECT pc.id, ph.name, ph.file, ph.function FROM plugin_hooks AS ph LEFT JOIN plugin_config AS pc ON pc.directory=ph.name WHERE ph.status = 1 AND hook = 'top_header_tabs' AND ph.name NOT IN ('settings', 'boost', 'dsstats') ORDER BY id ASC"  
06/09/2010 10:11:53 AM - CMDPHP: Poller[0] ERROR: SQL Assoc Failed!, Error:'1146', SQL:"SELECT 1 AS id, ph.name, ph.file, ph.function FROM plugin_hooks AS ph LEFT JOIN plugin_config AS pc ON pc.directory=ph.name WHERE ph.status = 1 AND hook = 'body_style' AND ph.name IN ('settings', 'boost', 'dsstats') UNION SELECT pc.id, ph.name, ph.file, ph.function FROM plugin_hooks AS ph LEFT JOIN plugin_config AS pc ON pc.directory=ph.name WHERE ph.status = 1 AND hook = 'body_style' AND ph.name NOT IN ('settings', 'boost', 'dsstats') ORDER BY id ASC"  
it seems to be looking for settings, boost and dsstats which I do not have installed

thanks
Did you import the pa.sql file located in the plugin arch installation?
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#7 Post by zoemu » Wed Jun 09, 2010 10:30 am

Please disregard, it was my fault.......like an idiot forgot to install the PIA tables .....Duh!


Thank u

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#8 Post by Howie » Wed Jun 09, 2010 12:35 pm

What's a System plugin?
Weathermap 0.98 is out! & QuickTree 1.0. Superlinks is over there now (and built-in to Cacti 1.x).
Some Other Cacti tweaks, including strip-graphs, icons and snmp/netflow stuff.
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#9 Post by zoemu » Wed Jun 09, 2010 12:42 pm

no, I had not istalled any plugins by them. As soon as I install PIA.sql it went away

thanks

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Contribution warranted...

#10 Post by dathho » Wed Jun 09, 2010 3:07 pm

Great Job. Looks good here on Fedora 12 w/PA working.

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#11 Post by TheWitness » Wed Jun 09, 2010 7:17 pm

Howie wrote:What's a System plugin?
Its only important ones like superlinks :wink:

Seriously. Things like settings. dsstats and boost. One step away from core.

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I'm still out there people. Getting excited for Cacti 1.2. I think it will be a great release.

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#12 Post by Howie » Thu Jun 10, 2010 2:10 am

TheWitness wrote:
Howie wrote:What's a System plugin?
Its only important ones like superlinks :wink:

Seriously. Things like settings. dsstats and boost. One step away from core.

Larry

There is this array though......
But what does it *do*? How are they treated differently?
Weathermap 0.98 is out! & QuickTree 1.0. Superlinks is over there now (and built-in to Cacti 1.x).
Some Other Cacti tweaks, including strip-graphs, icons and snmp/netflow stuff.
(Let me know if you have UK DevOps or Network Ops opportunities, too!)

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#13 Post by TheWitness » Thu Jun 10, 2010 4:32 am

Loaded first in the order in the array. This may change once the api is finished.
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#14 Post by rprimrose » Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:28 am

Cacti Version - 0.8.7g
Plugin Architecture - 2.8
Poller Type - CMD.php
Server Info - Linux 2.6.25-14.fc9.i686
Web Server - Apache/2.2.9 (Fedora)
PHP - 5.2.9
PHP Extensions - libxml, xml, wddx, tokenizer, sysvshm, sysvsem, sysvmsg, session, pcre, SimpleXML, sockets, SPL, shmop, standard, Reflection, posix, iconv, hash, gmp, gettext, ftp, filter, exif, date, curl, ctype, calendar, bz2, zlib, openssl, apache2handler, dbase, dom, gd, json, ldap, mbstring, mysql, mysqli, PDO, pdo_mysql, pdo_sqlite, snmp, xmlreader, xmlwriter, xsl, zip
MySQL - 5.0.77
RRDTool - 1.3.8
SNMP - 5.4.1
Plugins
  • Nagios plugin for Cacti (npc - v2.0.4)
    Global Plugin Settings (settings - v0.5)
    Host Info (hostinfo - v0.2)
    Thresholds (thold - v0.4.1)
    Device Tracking (mactrack - v1.1)
Installed, and up and running, but the plugins management page doesn't seem to let you do anything except change the order of plugins. How do you install, activate etc. plugins with the new management page?

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#15 Post by Linegod » Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:41 am

Installed, and up and running, but the plugins management page doesn't seem to let you do anything except change the order of plugins. How do you install, activate etc. plugins with the new management page?
There should be images under 'actions'. They should have been copied under your root images folder during patching.
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