Koha 3.8.5 Released

The Koha release team are proud to announce the release of 3.8.5. 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 on for the release notes.

22 Sep 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 3.8.5 can be downloaded from:


Installation instructions can be found at:


    OR in the INSTALL files that come in the tarball

Koha 3.8.5 is a bugfix/maintenance release.

Highlights of 3.8.5

8071	blocker		link beween bib and authorities with the authid
8495	blocker		Javascript error when creating a new order
8002	critical	Can't add patron attribute type in newer installation
8251	critical	Patrons are systematically debarred at checkin
8293	critical	Software error when clicking on first or last result of each page on OPAC
8418	critical	Koha::Calendar is_holiday ignores all user data
8447	critical	can't save new records / indicator error
8520	critical	Authorities display incorrectly in staff results
8637	critical	Lack of control on mandatory in orderreveive.tt
8706	critical	Private lists can be accessed by anyone
8743	critical	ZOOM error when merging authority change to biblios
5327	major		Unit tests required for all C4 modules
6976	major		User hold limit can be avoided by users in OPAC
7068	major		autobarcode not working when duplicating patrons
8204	major		Authority viewer in OPAC ugly, unfriendly, and mostly useless
8336	major		SIP Server does not process renewal transaction correctly
8420	major		tool statisticfines.pl(bz 6858) and hourly loan(bz5549)
8636	major		Some dependencies are not listed by the installer
8656	major		Koha::Calendar not loading both sets of special dates
8678	major		XSLT stylesheets output XML, but HTML is needed

Bugs fixed in 3.8.5

3782	normal		delivered z39.50 targets wrong for NY Public Library and NY University Library
4064	normal		Uninitialized variable errors in opac-search.pl
6617	normal		table of contents not printing right if entered right
7409	normal		Missing dependencies for Debian package
8275	normal		xml parsing error when the webservice GetPatronInfo/show_loans is called
8413	normal		Space in barcode breaks GET request in benchmark_staff.pl
8550	normal		Z39.50 searches for ISBN/ISSN problematic
8594	normal		A report containing a subquery that has a 'limit' will have that limit stripped out
8596	normal		Reports interface date picker doesn't force ISO formatted dates
8621	normal		Template for sending out carts not formatting correctly
8626	normal		Encoding problem with = in cart emails
8640	normal		GetHardDueDate functions incorrectly
8648	normal		searchResults uses SQL query rather than GetMarcFromKohaField
8653	normal		With DOM indexing turned on subject authority links are not indexed
8657	normal		Default sort by call number does not work
8663	normal		Circulation rules hard due date calendar wrong format
8675	normal		Renewing item to specified date creates a due date with HH:MM set to 00:00
8704	normal		Typo in etc/koha-conf.xml
8705	normal		Software error on help of main page
8708	normal		RSS feed for new comments is broken
8716	normal		Reordering of routing list entries doesn't work
8719	normal		Private lists always sorted by title (even when author or date is selected)
2553	minor	alphabetize dropdown menus
3456	minor	Serials receipt note
6886	minor	Single branch mode should disable showing the branch name in front of all callnumbers
7690	minor	hidelostitems not working in Normal Display
8017	minor	Remove unnecessary processing on return of GetAllIssues
8261	minor	Cannot search system preferences from Local Use tab
8339	minor	div id="login" should be id="login_controls" in header.inc
8478	minor	Update Ubuntu related files
8533	minor	Non-numeric cardnumbers screw up autoMemberNum
8569	minor	Paying for a lost item overwrites nonpublic notes
8593	minor	Add unique IDs to pending approval markup on staff client home page
8646	minor	Certain search terms cause browser "script taking too long" error
8666	minor	Prevent to create baskets for inactive suppliers
8677	minor	table overlapping to the right on holds waiting
8696	minor	Tools menu says export bibs still
8717	minor	Wrong subscription notes are showing in catalogue detail view of serials in staff client
8730	minor	browse overlaying powered by
8765	minor	Add series title to intranet search results
7143	trivial	Bug for tracking changes to the about page
7368	trivial	General staff client typo omnibus
8012	trivial	defaultSortOrder and OPACdefaultSortOrder are set to "ascending" on install
8713	trivial	Warning message triggered by clicking keyword to marc mapping.
8714	trivial	Poorly ordered and triggers warning in marctagstructure.pl
8727	trivial	Correct help text in rebuild_zebra_sliced.sh
7613	enhancement	OCLC Connexion Gateway, including extension svc/import_bib
8524	enhancement	Add barcode plugin that does not autofill

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 (100%)
  * Armenian (100%)
  * Chinese (Taiwan) (76%)
  * Danish (75%)
  * English (New Zealand) (99%)
  * English (USA)
  * French (100%)
  * French (Canada) (76%)
  * German (100%)
  * German (Switzerland) (99%)
  * Greek (69%)
  * Italian (100%)
  * Norwegian Bokmål (68%)
  * Portuguese (Brazil) (100%)
  * Spanish (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 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:
  * Universidad Nacional de Córdoba

We thank the following individuals who contributed patches to Koha 3.8.5.
     2	Tomas Cohen Arazi
     3	D Ruth Bavousett
    10	Jared Camins-Esakov
     9	Colin Campbell
     2	David Cook
    14	Chris Cormack
     1	Christophe Croullebois
     2	Jonathan Druart
     1	Nicole Engard
     3	Katrin Fischer
     2	Kyle M Hall
     1	Jorgia Kelsey
     7	Owen Leonard
     3	Julian Maurice
     1	Melia Meggs
     1	Maxime Pelletier
     4	Paul Poulain
     1	MJ Ray
     2	Marcel de Rooy
     7	Fridolyn SOMERS
     1	Adrien Saurat
     3	Robin Sheat
     1	Mirko Tietgen
     5	Mark Tompsett
     1	Kathryn Tyree

We also especially thank the following individuals who tested patches
for Koha 3.8.5.

      1 Koha Team Lyon 3
      4 Tomas Cohen Arazi
      5 Jared Camins-Esakov
      1 Galen Charlton
     92 Chris Cormack
     10 Jonathan Druart
      5 Nicole C. Engard
      4 Katrin Fischer
      9 Kyle M Hall
      1 Doug Kingston
      6 Owen Leonard
      5 Julian Maurice
      2 Melia Meggs
     53 Paul Poulain
      1 Liz Rea
      1 Marc Veron
      1 jorgia
      1 wajasu

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 3.8.4, which was released on August 22, 2012.

Bugs and feature requests

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


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