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Nagios XI - Disabling Database UTF8 Connectivity

Overview

This document describes how to disable UTF8 connectivity to the MySQL / MariaDB databases for Nagios XI. By default Nagios XI uses UTF8 however sometimes this needs to be disabled to allow MySQL / MariaDB to define the connectivity method.

This configuration ensures that characters from different languages can be correctly stored and retrieved in the databases. An example of where this is commonly used is when creating Dashboards in Nagios XI as per this screenshot:

 

 

 

The configuration directive explained in this documentation was introduced in Nagios XI 5.4.13 to address some issues that resulting in the names appearing garbled or with ??? instead of the correct character, for example:

 

 

If you do experience garbled or ??? characters, following this KB article will resolve the issue.

 

 

The Nagios XI Configuration Directive

The following configuration directive was added in Nagios XI 5.4.13:

$cfg['db_conn_utf8'] = 0;

 

To determine if you currently have that directive enabled, establish a terminal session to your Nagios XI server as the root user and execute the following command:

grep db_conn_utf8 /usr/local/nagiosxi/html/config.inc.php

 

If the grep command produces NO output then the directive does not exist in your configuration and it needs to be added. This can be added with the following command:

printf "\n\$cfg['db_conn_utf8'] = 0;\n" >> /usr/local/nagiosxi/html/config.inc.php

 

If the grep command produced output then it can be changed with the following command (sets it to 0):

sed -i "s/db_conn_utf8'\] =.*/db_conn_utf8'\] = 0;/g" /usr/local/nagiosxi/html/config.inc.php

Defining the directive to 0 will resolve the issue you for garbled or ??? characters.

 

If you wanted to change it to 1 then use the following command:

sed -i "s/db_conn_utf8'\] =.*/db_conn_utf8'\] = 1;/g" /usr/local/nagiosxi/html/config.inc.php

 

 

The change takes effect immediately.

 

 

Final Thoughts

For any support related questions please visit the Nagios Support Forums at:

http://support.nagios.com/forum/

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