Koha 3.8.9 released

The Koha release team is proud to announce the latest maintenance release of the 3.8.x Koha series.

As always you can download the release at download.koha-community.org or wait for a few days for the debian packages to be updated.

Please read more for the full release notes

22 Jan 2013

Koha is the first free and open source software library automation package 
(ILS). Development is sponsored by libraries of varying types and sizes, 
volunteers, and support companies from around the world.  
The website for the Koha project is 


Koha 3.8.9 can be downloaded from:


Installation instructions can be found at:


    OR in the INSTALL files that come in the tarball

Koha 3.8.9 is a bugfix/maintenance release.

Highlights of 3.8.9

	9126	critical	Receiving orders create too much items

	9065	major	Upload local cover image permission implementation error

Bugs fixed in 3.8.9

	7143	trivial	Bug for tracking changes to the about page

Architecture, internals, and plumbing
	9292	minor	Remove dead code related to 'publictype'

	6574	normal	js error in en-GB template breaks circulation toolbar
	9140	normal	Untranslatable strings in item circulation history
	9141	normal	Untranslatable strings on "pay an amount..." page

	8299	normal	overdue_notice.pl shows warning messages

	9102	normal	[SECURITY] We should set httponly on our session cookie
	9158	minor	Correcting whitespace around display of series 440 marc fields
	9309	minor	"OPACurlOpenInNewWindow" isn't respected for 856$u links shown in OPAC when not using XSLT

	9182	trivial	Saved reports list : wrong sortable columns

	8984	normal	Zebra does not index some fields in UNIMARC biblio records

Staff Client
	9335	minor	Message Log Popups don't disappear?

	9284	normal	JavaScript should conform to coding guidelines recommended by JSHint
	9278	minor	Remove unused OPAC CSS file sanop.css

Test Suite
	8924	minor	Some modules erroneously skipped by 00-load

	8977	normal	printoverdues.sh call an uninitialized variable

Enhancements in 3.8.9

	8712	We should use WAI-ARIA guidelines to help with accessibility -OMNIBUS bug

	9169	Wrap relator code in <span> to allow for CSS customization

New sysprefs in 3.8.9

System requirements

    Important notes:

    * Perl 5.10 is required
    * Zebra is required


As of Koha 3.2, the Koha manual is now maintained in DocBook.  The
home page for Koha documentation is 


As of the date of these release notes, only the English version of the
Koha manual is available:


The Git repository for the Koha manual can be found at



Complete or near-complete translations of the OPAC and staff
interface are available in this release for the following languages:

  * English (USA)
  * Arabic (99%)
  * Armenian (100%)
  * Basque (75%)
  * Chinese (Taiwan) (75%)
  * Danish (74%)
  * English (New Zealand) (99%)
  * French (99%)
  * French (Canada) (76%)
  * German (100%)
  * German (Switzerland) (99%)
  * Greek (69%)
  * Italian (100%)
  * Norwegian Bokmål (67%)
  * Portuguese (100%)
  * Portuguese (Brazil) (99%)
  * Slovak (100%)
  * Spanish (100%)
  * Turkish (100%)

Partial translations are available for various other languages.

The Koha team welcomes additional translations; please see


for information about translating Koha, and join the koha-translate 
list to volunteer:


The most up-to-date translations can be found at:


Release Team

The release team for Koha 3.8.9 is

  Release Manager:       Paul Poulain <paul.poulain@biblibre.com>
  Documentation Manager: Nicole C Engard <nengard@gmail.com>
  Translation Manager:   Frédéric Demians <frederic@tamil.fr>
  QA Manager:            Ian Walls <koha.sekjal@gmail.com>
  QA team:               Marcel de Rooy <M.de.Rooy@rijksmuseum.nl>,
                         Jonathan Druart <jonathan.druart@biblibre.com>
			 Mason James <mason@kohaaloha.com>
  Bug Wranglers:         Katrin Fischer, Magnus Enger

  Release Maintainer (3.4.x): Chris Nighswonger <cnighswonger@foundations.edu>
  Release Maintainer (3.6.x): Jared Camins-Esakov <jcamins@cpbibliography.com>
  Release Maintainer (3.8.x): Chris Cormack <chrisc@catalyst.net.nz>


We thank the following libraries who are known to have sponsored
new features in Koha 3.8.9:

We thank the following individuals who contributed patches to Koha 3.8.9.
  *      2	D Ruth Bavousett
  *      1	Jared Camins-Esakov
  *      3	Chris Cormack
  *      1	Stéphane Delaune
  *      1	Srikanth Dhondi
  *      1	Jonathan Druart
  *      1	Chris Hall
  *      1	Kyle M Hall
  *      1	Mason James
  *      5	Owen Leonard
  *      1	Julian Maurice
  *      1	Liz Rea
  *      1	Martin Renvoize
  *      1	Fridolyn SOMERS
  *      1	Mathieu Saby
  *      1	Adrien Saurat
  *      1	Robin Sheat

We thank the following companies who contributed patches to Koha 3.8.9
  *       5 ACPL                                                                                          
  *       5 Biblibre                                                                                    
  *       1 ByWater-Solutions                                                                   
  *       1 C & P Bibliography                                                                    
  *       7 Catalyst                                                                                 
  *       1 KohaAloha                                                                                  
  *       1 PTFS-Europe                                                                              
  *       1 Université Rennes 2
  *       2 unidentified

We also especially thank the following individuals who tested patches
for Koha 3.8.9.
  *      21 Jared Camins-Esakov
  *       2 Galen Charlton
  *      23 Chris Cormack
  *       2 Elliott Davis
  *      13 Jonathan Druart
  *       4 Katrin Fischer
  *       9 Kyle M Hall
  *       4 Owen Leonard
  *       4 Paul Poulain
  *       1 Liz Rea
  *       1 Zeno Tajoli
  *       1 Marc Veron

We regret any omissions.  If a contributor has been inadvertantly missed,
please send a patch against these release notes to 

Revision control notes

The Koha project uses Git for version control.  The current development 
version of Koha can be retrieved by checking out the master branch of 


The branch for this version of Koha and future bugfixes in this release line is 3.8.x.

The last Koha release was 3.6.11, which was released on December 27, 2012.

Bugs and feature requests

Bug reports and feature requests can be filed at the Koha bug
tracker at


Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini
Posted in 3.8

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