I followed the documentation on installing Zabbix from source and it is working great, except that zabbix_server and zabbix_agentd do not automatically start when the system is booted.

I found that the following entries were made for me


zabbix-agent    10050/tcp                       # Zabbix Agent
zabbix-agent    10050/udp
zabbix-trapper  10051/tcp                       # Zabbix Trapper
zabbix-trapper  10051/udp

When I issue the commands



from a shell, both start just fine.

What is the correct procedure to ensure that zabbix_server and zabbix_agentd automatically start when the Ubuntu server is booted?

2 Answers 2


One thing you might want to consider:

When installing from source, the different zabbix components (such as zabbix_server & zabbix_agentd) do take their configuration files from /usr/local/etc instead of /etc/zabbix.

I therefore use symbolic links from /etc/zabbix to /usr/local/etc.

# ln -s /etc/zabbix/zabbix_agentd.conf /usr/local/etc/zabbix_agentd.conf # ln -s /etc/zabbix/zabbix_server.conf /usr/local/etc/zabbix_server.conf

If not, the zabbix components will start on boot, but totally unconfigured.

If I need to start the components from the command line, I need to add the option -c or --config too.

# zabbix_server --config=/etc/zabbix/zabbix_server.conf # zabbix_agentd --config=/etc/zabbix/zabbix_agentd.conf

Hope this helps. Jord

  • That presumably depends on how the build is configured, OP want might to go over that.
    – vonbrand
    Mar 26, 2013 at 10:00

The following suggestion from the Zabbix forum worked for me:

Copy the init.d scripts to the right spot:

sudo cp misc/init.d/debian/zabbix-server /etc/init.d
sudo cp misc/init.d/debian/zabbix-agent /etc/init.d

Set the correct permissions and set Zabbix to start when the machine boots:

sudo chmod 755 /etc/init.d/zabbix-server
sudo update-rc.d zabbix-server defaults
sudo chmod 755 /etc/init.d/zabbix-agent
sudo update-rc.d zabbix-agent defaults

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