Koha 3.6.3 is now available

It is with pleasure that I announce the release of Koha 3.6.3.

The package can be retrieved from:


You can use the following checksum and signature files to verify the download:


Release notes for 3.6.3 are below the fold.

Come and get it!

26 Jan 2012

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 3.6.3 can be downloaded from:


Installation instructions can be found at:


OR in the INSTALL files that come in the tarball

Koha 3.6.3 is a bugfix/maintenance release.

Highlights of 3.6.3

6627 blocker [security] insecure file creation
2830 critical Hold not removed when “trapped” item on hold shelf is checked out to a different patron in the holds queue
3651 critical Require patron login to send shelves and baskets
5533 critical marking item lost diff in two places
6292 critical Overdue notices have a bug when multiple overdues exist
7193 critical can’t remove end date from subscriptions
7360 critical Importing a SQL file for frameworks based on Default Framework deletes the default framework
7370 critical Longoverdue cronjob claims Undefined subroutine &main::LostItem
7394 critical Broken detail page for last link from result page
7407 critical HidePatronName not working anymore
2012 major Add bilio crashes under no zebra
6302 major Failing to send email notices – to_address not set
7226 major Can’t add tags on list
7282 major invalid language selection
Bugs fixed in 3.6.3

2307 normal Calendar widget cannot be translated
3431 normal Catalog by itemtype report pulling from holdingbranch
4300 normal Display 866z summary holdings public note in OPAC
5226 normal MARC21 field 545 missing
5369 normal se queries with paranthesis fail
6098 normal zebra conf NSB NSE indexed as space
6142 normal CanBookBeReserved function is redefined in C4/ILSDI/Utility.pm
6374 normal Use “size” as names/hash keys leads to an unexpected results when using Template::Toolkit (name of a virtual method there)
6466 normal hung socket read causes SIP tests to fail
6700 normal Better handling of version numbers in updatedatabase
6717 normal Sub total doubled up on borrower pay fines page
6885 normal Superlibrarian users can’t delete items from another library when IndependantBranches
7097 normal HidePatronName not hiding in all places
7266 normal overdue.pl : filter on flags “debarred” “suspended” and “gonenoaddress” not working
7276 normal member entry Performance improvement
7277 normal keyword mapping needs spaces in the OPAC
7311 normal Error when records have UNIMARC 461$0 or 773$0 for something other than bibnumber
7313 normal Untranslatable strings in ‘search to hold’ feature
7328 normal Expanded options in advanced search
7332 normal Translated title (MARC21 field 242) doesn’t display
7338 normal link to serial detail wrong
7349 normal Sorting patron search result by cardnumber doesn’t work
7356 normal Fix various typos and mis-spellings
7361 normal ‘Default’ encoding in staged marc import breaks diacritics
7363 normal Downloading a list in CSV format doesn’t work
7381 normal wrong isbn showing on the staff search results
1623 enhancement Retain history of approved comments
3184 enhancement Show creator and budget receiving a document
5327 enhancement Unit tests required for all C4 modules
5565 enhancement Default OAI UNIMARC to Dublin Core XSL adds superfluous blanks
5607 enhancement Make fields from issues table available in overdues
5729 enhancement Add coins information to the intranet
6015 enhancement Enhancing the performance test suite
6193 enhancement Use memcached cache koha-conf.xml configuration variables
6787 enhancement NORMARC needs a Fast Add framework
6990 enhancement TransformKohaToMarc enhancement
7079 enhancement Default values for German system preferences (web installer)
7143 enhancement Bug for tracking changes to the about page
7220 enhancement Add IDs to check-in message dialogs to facilitate CSS customization
7240 enhancement Cleaning up import tables and action_logs
7247 enhancement rebuild_zebra.pl -v should show all Zebra log output
7278 enhancement In the items table, make items.materials of type text, and show its contents at circulation
7324 enhancement Show alternate email as mailto link on patron summary
7326 enhancement longoverdue.pl was hardcoded to 1 year, is now a parameter
7364 enhancement Fast-Add framework doesn’t always get the branch for item creation
7373 enhancement new bridge icons
7439 enhancement Mailmap for git shortlog
System requirements

Changes since 3.4:

* Perl 5.10 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:

* Chinese (Taiwan)
* Danish
* English (USA)
* English (UK)
* French (France)
* German
* Italian
* Portuguese (Brazil)
* Spanish

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 3.6 is

Release Manager: Chris Cormack <chrisc@catalyst.net.nz>
Documentation Manager: Nicole C Engard <nengard@gmail.com>
Translation Manager: Frédéric Demians <frederic@tamil.fr>
QA Manager: Ian Walls <ian.walls@bywatersolutions.com>
Bug Wranglers: MJ Ray, Marcel de Rooy, Paul Poulain, Mason James

Release Maintainer (3.4.x):
Chris Nighswonger <cnighswonger@foundations.edu>
Release Maintainer (3.6.x):
Chris Nighswonger <cnighswonger@foundations.edu>



We thank the following libraries who are known to have sponsored
new features in Koha 3.6:
* Los Gatos Public Library
* East Brunswick Public Library
* Athens County Public Libraries
* Horowhenua Library Trust
* Halton Borough Council
* South Taranaki District Council

We thank the following individuals who contributed patches to
Koha 3.6.3.

1 Tomas Cohen Arazi
1 Alex Arnaud
2 Marc Balmer
2 D Ruth Bavousett
6 Jared Camins-Esakov
1 Frédérick Capovilla
1 Garry Collum
15 Chris Cormack
1 Christophe Croullebois
8 Frédéric Demians
3 Connor Dewar
2 Nicole Engard
2 Magnus Enger
14 Katrin Fischer
4 Chris Hall
1 Srdjan Jankovic
1 Admin User Koha
2 Henri-Damien Laurent
12 Owen Leonard
1 Frère Sébastien Marie
1 Jesse Maseto
1 James Mason
2 Julian Maurice
3 Sophie Meynieux
5 Chris Nighswonger
1 Albert Oller
1 Dobrica Pavlinusic
10 Paul Poulain
2 Liz Rea
7 Marcel de Rooy
1 Fridolyn SOMERS
1 Sam Sanders
5 Adrien Saurat
11 Duncan Tyler
5 Ian Walls
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 Koha 3.6.x (i.e., this version of Koha and future bugfix
releases) is 3.6.x.

The next major feature release of Koha will be Koha 3.8.0.

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

##### Autogenerated release notes updated last on 26 Jan 2012 15:06:56 Z #####