Koha 3.8.8 released

The Koha release team is proud to announce the release of Koha 3.8.8. This is a maintenance release and contains bugfixes please read the full release notes. You can download this release at http://download.koha-community.org/koha-3.08.08.tar.gz

21 Dec 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 3.8.8 can be downloaded from:


Installation instructions can be found at:


    OR in the INSTALL files that come in the tarball

Koha 3.8.8 is a bugfix/maintenance release.

Major fixes in 3.8.8

	9106	critical	Filtering list of uncertain price list by owner empties order information

	8800	blocker	SpecifyDueDate && useDaysMode=Datedue wrong behaviour

Hold requests
	5801	major	C4::Circulation::_GetCircControlBranch should not be used in opac-reserve.pl

Installation and upgrade (command-line installer)
	9135	blocker	updatedatabase.pl fails when DEBUG is set

MARC Authority data support
	9149	critical	Patch 8823 introduces reference to non-existent function

Test Suite
	9142	blocker	Failing test case in 3.10.0 release.

Other bugs fixed in 3.8.8

	7129	normal	actual cost showing too many zeros
	8382	normal	It is not possible to cancel an order when receiving on a filtered page in parcel.pl
	8820	minor	Don't show orders table if there are no orders

	9123	normal	Authorities search ordered by authid does not work

	8781	minor	Access to Transfer page while "independent branches" is on

	9078	normal	is_holiday should honour holiday exceptions

Installation and upgrade (web-based installer)
	9024	normal	Add additional sample data to German installer

MARC Authority data support
	9070	normal	Searching for authority from tag editor for field 650 gives error

	8515	normal	OPAC password change does not obey OpacPasswordChange
	9077	normal	OPAC Social media links broken by fix for Bug 8973
	9115	normal	basket window should close automatically when placing a hold
	8614	minor	Icon for scores on OPAC detail page broken
	8981	minor	Remove Nonpublic General Note from OPAC authorities display
	8983	minor	Typo error in UNIMARCslim2OPACResults.xsl
	9098	minor	Replace tabulations by spaces in opac-user.pl
	8546	trivial	Error in description of OPAC Advanced Search Publication date range search

	8588	normal	Duplicate field IDs cause problems with SQL report parameter entry

	8954	normal	Languages list in advanced search always in english
	8946	minor	Wrong label and missing values in UNIMARC coded fields advanced search

Staff Client
	8481	normal	Items table is showing in opac-MARCdetail.pl but not in MARCdetail.pl

System Administration
	8163	trivial	Click to populate XSLT preferences with "default" or empty values

	9073	normal	Download option from the cart should match the menu button in lists
	6680	trivial	Cart download choices not understandable to patrons

	5521	normal	item edit form appears if no items found
	8843	normal	Cannot export bibliographic records by call number

Enhancements in 3.8.8

	8878	koha-shell: a command to make using koha commands easier

	9134	There is no previous link on the second page of the search results page

	9137	Focus when editing/adding new itemtypes/authorised values

New sysprefs in 3.8.8

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 (100%)
  * Armenian (100%)
  * Basque (75%)
  * Chinese (Taiwan) (75%)
  * Danish (74%)
  * English (New Zealand) (100%)
  * French (99%)
  * French (Canada) (76%)
  * German (99%)
  * German (Switzerland) (99%)
  * Greek (69%)
  * Italian (100%)
  * Norwegian Bokmål (68%)
  * Portuguese (97%)
  * Portuguese (Brazil) (99%)
  * Slovak (100%)
  * Spanish (100%)
  * Turkish (84%)

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 3.8.8 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 3.8.8:
  * Universidad Nacional de Córdoba

We thank the following individuals who contributed patches to Koha 3.8.8.
  *      4	Tomas Cohen Arazi
  *      3	Jared Camins-Esakov
  *      1	David Cook
  *      2	Chris Cormack
  *      1	Jonathan Druart
  *      1	Nicole Engard
  *      2	Katrin Fischer
  *      1	Kyle M Hall
  *     15	Owen Leonard
  *      1	Paul Poulain
  *      3	Fridolyn SOMERS
  *      2	Mathieu Saby
  *      1	Adrien Saurat
  *      2	Robin Sheat
  *      1	Lyon3 Team
  *      1	Mirko Tietgen
  *      1	christophe croullebois

We thank the following companies who contributed patches to Koha 3.8.8
  *      15 ACPL                                                                                          
  *       2 BSZ BW                                                                                         
  *       7 Biblibre                                                                                    
  *       2 ByWater-Solutions                                                                   
  *       3 C & P Bibliography                                                                    
  *       4 Catalyst                                                                                 
  *       1 Prosentient Systems
  *       1 Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3
  *       2 Université Rennes 2
  *       1 abunchofthings.net
  *       4 unidentified

We also especially thank the following individuals who tested patches
for Koha 3.8.8.
  *      30 Jared Camins-Esakov
  *      44 Chris Cormack
  *       1 Srikanth Dhondi
  *       4 Jonathan Druart
  *       2 Nicole C. Engard
  *       1 Magnus Enger
  *      18 Katrin Fischer
  *       8 Kyle M Hall
  *       2 Mason James
  *       7 Melia Meggs
  *       6 Paul Poulain
  *       2 Marcel de Rooy
  *       1 Robin Sheat
  *       2 Mirko Tietgen
  *       1 Marc Veron
  *       2 Ian Walls
  *       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 3.8.7, which was released on November 22, 2012.

Bugs and feature requests

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


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