Koha 3.6.8 released

The Koha release team are proud to announce the release of 3.6.8. This is a maintenance release, and contains a lot of useful bug fixes.

You can download the release from http://download.koha-community.org packages will be available shortly at http://debian.koha-community.org

Please read more for the release notes.

22 Aug 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 3.6.8 can be downloaded from:


Installation instructions can be found at:


    OR in the INSTALL files that come in the tarball

Koha 3.6.8 is a bugfix/maintenance release.

Highlights of 3.6.8

7329	critical	The "undo import into catalog" command deletes items onloan without checking
7834	critical	order search at the top of acq does nothing
8289	critical	Upgrading from 2.2 does not work anymore
2505	major		enable Perl warnings in all modules and scripts
8315	major		fix 'C4::Output 3.02' errors in Koha

Bugs fixed in 3.6.8

4838	normal		Repeated authority headings break biblio record data entry form
6634	normal		manager_id not populated when paying fines
6720	normal		Saved authorities always show as 'Default'
7586	normal		Search: Language restriction does  NOT show expected results (no items shown)
7807	normal		GetSuggestionFromBiblionumber takes only one parameter
7886	normal		C4/ShelfBrowser slow SQL performance
7900	normal		Link to vendor from subscription details is broken
7952	normal		PDF::Reuse under plack writes to console STDOUT instead to browser
8136	normal		Changes the expected lenght of 100$a in rebuild_zebra.pl
8171	normal		Improper escaping of quotes during z39.50 queries leads to broken html
8197	normal		Software error when you have cleaned cookies in your browser and try to past the url to opac-topissues.pl
8226	normal		'OpacFooter' markup/css improvements
8282	normal		Bug in modules list in about.pl
5312	minor	XHTML correction in authority summary
6141	minor	html glitches causing problems to translator
6679	minor	Fixing code so it passes basic Perl::Critic tests
7815	minor	Order pickup library list by name rather than by code
8009	minor	Item descriptive data not populated on pay.pl
8166	minor	Adding new currencies & exchange rates if not fill any field it save blank record
8191	minor	New value for 8 position in coded data field 100 in unimarc
8232	minor	Comments in OPAC contain untranslatable javascript messages
6350	trivial	Bug for tracking updates to the history file
7143	trivial	Bug for tracking changes to the about page
7367	trivial	General OPAC typo omnibus
7368	trivial	General staff client typo omnibus
7994	trivial	Syntax error in yaml (syspref) files
8222	trivial	The zip code field is mandatory by default
8138	enhancement	Add 773$t field to xslt
8216	enhancement	Enable critic tests on SIP modules

New sysprefs in 3.6.8

  * BorrowerMandatoryField

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:

  * Arabic (51%)
  * Chinese (China) (96%)
  * Chinese (Taiwan) (99%)
  * Danish (100%)
  * English (New Zealand) (100%)
  * English (USA)
  * English (United Kingdom) (64%)
  * French (99%)
  * French (Canada) (95%)
  * German (100%)
  * Greek (94%)
  * Italian (100%)
  * Norwegian Bokmål (62%)
  * Portuguese (Brazil) (99%)
  * Spanish (100%)
  * Tetun (52%)

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

Past Release Maintainer (3.6.x):
                        Chris Nighswonger <cnighswonger@foundations.edu>
Release Maintainer (3.6.x):
                        Jared Camins-Esakov <jcamins@cpbibliography.com>


We thank the following individuals who contributed patches to Koha 3.6.8.
     1	D Ruth Bavousett
     3	Jared Camins-Esakov
     3	Colin Campbell
     4	Chris Cormack
     1	Christophe Croullebois
     2	Frédéric Demians
     1	Jonathan Druart
     3	Katrin Fischer
     1	Amit Gupta
     1	Kyle M Hall
     2	Claire Hernandez
     2	Mason James
     1	Srdjan Jankovic
     1	Owen Leonard
     1	Julian Maurice
     1	Matthias Meusburger
     4	Sophie Meynieux
     3	Dobrica Pavlinusic
     1	Maxime Pelletier
     4	Paul Poulain
     3	Marcel de Rooy
     1	Fridolyn SOMERS
     1	Robin Sheat
     1	Marc Veron
     2	christophe croullebois

We also especially thank the following individuals who tested patches
for Koha 3.6.8.

     51 Jared Camins-Esakov
      1 François Charbonnier
     41 Chris Cormack
      2 Michael Davis
      5 Katrin Fischer
      1 Marijana Glavica
      3 Kyle M Hall
      1 Owen Leonard
      1 Sophie Meynieux
     31 Paul Poulain
      2 Martin Renvoize
      3 Marcel de Rooy
      1 Robin Sheat
      2 Marc Veron
      1 Stacey Walker

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 3.6.x.

The last Koha release was 3.8.2, which was released on June 22, 2012.

Bugs and feature requests

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


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