Can't view any events

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Re: Can't view any events

Post by rockedge » Thu Dec 27, 2018 2:57 am

these problems went away for me with version 1.32.3 and 1.33.0
I run ZM systems on Puppy Linux Tahr, Xenial and Bionic 32 and 64 bit OS's.

with these versions you are experiencing this problem with had some teething issues and were not considered stable releases at all. These were development snapshots. My advice is to jump right in to version 1.33.0 and see if these "bugs" disappear.
I'll probably not be recommending this to 6 of my clients who are looking for a Linux based system.
Some times it's better to leave the empty threats at home and worry if it's you who did not choose a stable version and not a DEVELOPMENT one to recommend to a paying client and maybe do some research as the installer and professional to see if these issues have been documented and discussed if one insists on using one of the 1.31+ series.

If you had read a little deeper into it you would have gotten the message that there is a transition to the h264 pass-through and direct to mp4 capability. In this series this system was introduced and refined. The BUG was most likely closed not out rudeness but because of depreciation of the bug meaning that in later versions it was fixed. To make it clear the Stable Release is still 1.30.4 and anything after that is still cutting edge and approaching the stable release status.

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Re: Can't view any events

Post by ozzy1024 » Thu Dec 27, 2018 4:13 am

I posted a legitimate bug, and I had even searched the forums and posted in the forums before posting the bug. It was treated poorly at best. If the issue was so easy to solve, a simple explanation from an apparently experienced admin would have sufficed. Instead, you get this. I expect this from people who have zero customer service experience. In my 25 years of supporting paid software from IBM and the like, I've never seen such disregard and lack of decency from so called professionals. I run a consulting firm, and i have a multitude of clients who want to use open source software, but they are skittish of the poor support. This is a prime example. As such, the "hollow" threat is valid. I certainly won't be recommending this to anyone.

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Re: Can't view any events

Post by rockedge » Thu Dec 27, 2018 12:36 pm

there are 2-3 developers who work on this practically alone. These guys have day jobs that actually pay the bills and there is no support department at this time. I try to help out but it is very time consuming and difficult to keep up with the demands. And as this software is free to use and to modify I do not know what you expect? I am a film Gaffer and a former weapons systems mechanic and my journey with zoneminder began because I was helping a Trout In The Classroom project to stream live over the internet cameras on a fish tank and they had no money to spend. So yes perhaps your threat is valid and there are plenty of solutions other than ZM, but for the money there is no better system out there. I did not catch your inquiries as I might have been able to tell you which version was best for your recommendations. I will also point out you are completely correct in your assumption that the developers and admin are terrible at customer service....they are software engineers, probably one of the careers furthest away from dealing with the public. Me as a film gaffer who works for the likes of people like James Cameron I have a pretty thick skin so to me whether or not you recommend ZM to your clients is completely meaningless. I am sorry I could not catch you earlier or that you caught someone's attention who could have helped but your approach to the problem struck me as aggressive whining and now it is clear to me as to why.....your job for a long time was support for IBM software and you are an expert at it....we are not that. Maybe we can find a common ground and get you in a better position to be part of a new phase of teamwork. I am game and I can pass on your recommendations on how to improve the support. I think in the long run you will find ZoneMinder to be a very reliable and powerful tool once you get it running and are more familar with it's operation. My name is Erik and I hope we can turn this around.

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Re: Can't view any events

Post by ricky560 » Sun Jan 20, 2019 5:11 am

Hello ozzy1024,

I was having the same issue and figured out how to correct the issue. After installing I was checking my logs to troubleshoot the issue and noticed that my times were off. I corrected the issue by changing my time zone on my Ubuntu 18.04 LTS server to match the time zone in the etc/php/7.2/apache2/php.ini file to America/New_York.

checked my timezone with timedatectl
Changed my timezone with sudo timedatectl set-timezone America/New_York

edited my php.ini file

; Defines the default timezone used by the date functions
date.timezone = America/New_York

I reboot my server and that solved the issue.


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Re: Can't view any events

Post by neiion » Sun Mar 31, 2019 3:34 pm


I can confirm that setting the timezone in the php ini file resolved this issue for me. Thanks for the advice on this ricky560.
zoneminder is a great application.

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Re: Can't view any events

Post by tigs001 » Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:11 am

For me, I performed an upgrade to the latest available version 1.33.3~20190305131435-bionic from ... ter/ubuntu bionic/main

I believe it was the upgrade (but I am not certain) that deleted my /var/cache/zoneminder/events directory. Hence events weren't being saved and I couldn't view them the in browser.

I fixed it by recreating that directory, and ensuring its owner and group was set the same as the other directories in /var/cache/zoneminder.

In my case I ran:

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cd /var/cache/zoneminder
mkdir events
chown www-data:www-data events

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Re: Can't view any events

Post by detxm80 » Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:22 am

same problem here

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