Koha 16.05.06 release

RELEASE NOTES FOR KOHA 16.5.6

12 Dec 2016

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 16.5.6 can be downloaded from:

Installation instructions can be found at:

  • Koha Wiki
  • OR in the INSTALL files that come in the tarball

Koha 16.5.6 is a bugfix/maintenance release.

It includes 4 enhancements, 58 bugfixes.

Enhancements

Acquisitions

  • [7039] Link to existing record from result list in acquisition search

When creating orders from existing records in acquisiton, the result list now links to the existing records, so that it’s possible to check for existing items.

Command-line Utilities

  • [17459] Add a script to create a superlibrarian user

I18N/L10N

  • [16687] Translatability: Fix issues with sentence splitting in Administration preferences
  • [16952] Add sorting rules for Czech language to Zebra

Critical bugs fixed

Acquisitions

  • [16493] acq matching on title and author

Architecture, internals, and plumbing

  • [17494] Koha generating duplicate self registration tokens
  • [17644] t/db_dependent/Exporter/Record.t fails

Authentication

  • [17481] Cas Logout: bug 11048 has been incorrectly merged

Circulation

  • [14598] itemtype is not set on statistics by C4::Circulation::AddReturn
  • [17524] Datepicker on checkout fails when dateformat = iso

Command-line Utilities

  • [17376] rebuild_zebra.pl in daemon mode no database access kills the process

OPAC

  • [17484] Searching with date range limit (lower and upper) does not work

Reports

  • [17495] reports/issues_stats.pl is broken

Searching

  • [17278] Limit to available items returns 0 results
  • [17377] ES – control fields are not taken into account

System Administration

  • [17582] Cannot edit an authority framework

Tools

  • [17420] record export fails when itemtype on biblio

Other bugs fixed

Architecture, internals, and plumbing

  • [15690] Unconstrained CardnumberLength preference conflicts with table column limit of 16
  • [17513] koha-create does not set GRANTS correctly
  • [17544] populate_db.pl should not require t::lib::Mocks
  • [17564] Acquisition/OrderUsers.t is broken
  • [17589] Improper method type in Koha::ItemType(s)
  • [17637] Auth_with_ldap.t is failing
  • [17638] t/db_dependent/Search.t is failing
  • [17641] t/Biblio/Isbd.t is failing

Cataloging

  • [17204] Rancor Z39.50 search fails under plack
  • [17545] Make “Add biblio” not hidden by language chooser
  • [17660] Any $t subfields not editable in any framework

Circulation

  • [14736] AllowRenewalIfOtherItemsAvailable slows circulation down in case of a record with many items and many holds
  • [17394] exporting checkouts with items selects without items in combo-box

Command-line Utilities

  • [16935] launch export_records.pl with deleted_barcodes param fails

Developer documentation

  • [17626] INSTALL files are outdated

I18N/L10N

  • [17518] Displayed language name for Czech is wrong

Installation and upgrade (web-based installer)

  • [17504] Installer shows PostgreSQL info when wrong DB permissions

OPAC

  • [17435] Gives ability to display stocknumber in the search results

Packaging

  • [4880] koha-remove sometimes fails because user is logged in
  • [17084] Automatic debian/control updates (master)

Patrons

  • [17419] Fix more confusion between smsalertnumber and mobile
  • [17434] Moremember displaying primary and secondary phone number twice
  • [17559] Invalid ID of element B_streetnumber in member edit form

Reports

  • [17590] Exporting reports as CSV with ‘delimiter’ SysPref set to ‘tabulation’ creates files with ‘t’ as separator

Searching

  • [17132] Availability search broken when using Elastic

Staff Client

  • [17375] Prevent internal software error when searching patron with invalid birth date

System Administration

  • [17657] Item type’s images could not be displayed correctly on the item types admin page

Templates

  • [12359] hidepatronname doesn’t hide on the holds queue
  • [16792] Add Font Awesome Icon and mini button to Keyword to MARC mapping section
  • [16991] Add subtitle to holds to pull report
  • [17417] Correct invalid markup around news on the staff client home page
  • [17645] Remove obsolete interface customization images

Test Suite

  • [17476] Failed test ‘Create DateTime with dt_from_string() for 2100-01-01 with TZ in less than 2s’
  • [17572] Remove issue.t warnings
  • [17573] Remove DecreaseLoanHighHolds.t warnings
  • [17574] Remove LocalholdsPriority.t warnings
  • [17575] Remove Circulation.t warnings
  • [17587] Remove itemtype-related IsItemIssued.t warnings
  • [17592] Remove itemtype-related maxsuspensiondays.t warnings
  • [17603] Remove itemtype-related Borrower_Discharge.t warnings
  • [17636] Remove itemtype-related GetIssues.t warnings
  • [17646] Remove itemtype-related IssueSlip.t warnings
  • [17647] Remove itemtype-related CancelReceipt.t warnings
  • [17653] Remove itemtype-related t/db_dependent/Circulation* warnings

Tools

  • [17663] Forgotten userpermissions from bug 14686

System requirements

Important notes:

  • Perl 5.10 is required
  • Zebra is required

Documentation

The Koha manual is 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

Translations

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 (95%)
  • Chinese (China) (89%)
  • Chinese (Taiwan) (99%)
  • Czech (97%)
  • Danish (74%)
  • English (New Zealand) (98%)
  • Finnish (99%)
  • French (99%)
  • French (Canada) (93%)
  • German (99%)
  • German (Switzerland) (99%)
  • Greek (78%)
  • Hindi (100%)
  • Italian (100%)
  • Korean (54%)
  • Kurdish (52%)
  • Norwegian Bokmål (60%)
  • Occitan (81%)
  • Persian (61%)
  • Polish (100%)
  • Portuguese (100%)
  • Portuguese (Brazil) (90%)
  • Slovak (95%)
  • Spanish (100%)
  • Swedish (92%)
  • Turkish (100%)
  • Vietnamese (75%)

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 16.5.6 is

Credits

We thank the following libraries who are known to have sponsored
new features in Koha 16.5.6:

  • ByWater Solutions
  • Universidad Empresarial Siglo 21

We thank the following individuals who contributed patches to Koha 16.5.6.

  • kohamaster (1)
  • Brendan A Gallagher (1)
  • Nightly Build Bot (1)
  • Hector Castro (1)
  • Nick Clemens (3)
  • Tomás Cohen Arazi (24)
  • Chris Cormack (1)
  • Frédéric Demians (2)
  • Marcel de Rooy (3)
  • Jonathan Druart (23)
  • Katrin Fischer (1)
  • Mason James (1)
  • Owen Leonard (4)
  • Matthias Meusburger (1)
  • Kyle M Hall (14)
  • Josef Moravec (3)
  • Andreas Roussos (1)
  • Radek Šiman (1)
  • Fridolin Somers (5)
  • Lari Taskula (1)
  • Koha Team Lyon 3 (1)
  • Mark Tompsett (1)

We thank the following libraries, companies, and other institutions who contributed
patches to Koha 16.5.6

  • abunchofthings.net (1)
  • ACPL (4)
  • BibLibre (6)
  • BSZ BW (1)
  • bugs.koha-community.org (23)
  • ByWater-Solutions (18)
  • Catalyst (1)
  • jns.fi (1)
  • KohaAloha (1)
  • kohaVM (1)
  • rbit.cz (1)
  • Rijksmuseum (3)
  • Tamil (2)
  • Theke Solutions (22)
  • unidentified (6)
  • Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (2)
  • Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 (1)

We also especially thank the following individuals who tested patches
for Koha.

  • Barbara Fondren (2)
  • Chris Cormack (1)
  • Chris Kirby (1)
  • Frédéric Demians (15)
  • Hector Castro (6)
  • Jacek Ablewicz (1)
  • Jennifer Schmidt (1)
  • Jesse Maseto (2)
  • Jonathan Druart (22)
  • Josef Moravec (21)
  • Katrin Fischer (2)
  • Lucio Moraes (3)
  • Magnus Enger (1)
  • Marc (4)
  • Marc Véron (5)
  • Mark Tompsett (3)
  • Martin Renvoize (10)
  • Mason James (75)
  • Mirko Tietgen (3)
  • Nick Clemens (8)
  • Nicolas Legrand (1)
  • Owen Leonard (1)
  • radiuscz (2)
  • Katrin Fischer (12)
  • Tomas Cohen Arazi (31)
  • Nicole C Engard (2)
  • Kyle M Hall (27)
  • Bernardo Gonzalez Kriegel (4)
  • Marcel de Rooy (28)

We regret any omissions. If a contributor has been inadvertently missed,
please send a patch against these release notes to
koha-patches@lists.koha-community.org.

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 16.05.x.

Bugs and feature requests

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

He rau ringa e oti ai.
(Many hands finish the work)

Autogenerated release notes updated last on 12 Dec 2016 03:08:21.

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