[Koha] newbie questions
gavin at celt.dias.ie
Thu May 19 06:07:44 NZST 2005
I'm just looking at Koha potentially for a library here in our school.
Congratulations to all involved and thanks for releasing it under the GPL.
I have installed it and am tinkering about. It's on a 400MHz P2 w 128MB
RAM running Debian GNU/Linux (sarge) in a MySQL database and I installed
the sample data from sampledata-1.2.gz. The sampledata didn't insert
entirely perfectly but it seems reasonable for testing.
I was wondering about a few things.
1. The major book data seems to be in one table, including authors. I would
instinctively have separated the authors into a separate table. Is this
just a decision to favour simplicity over normalisation or am I missing
2. There are no indexes on the biblio table. Is this deliberate, did I
lose something in installation or are we expected to add our own
3. The doc recommends not using mod_perl. Is this just because it's not
tested or is there a more specific reason? I would imagine adding
4. It seems rather slow. Each search request is taking 3-5 seconds. The
machine is running my desktop apps but isn't terribly stressed. I've tried
using mod_perl and adding indexes but I get the impression that the time is
mainly being spent within the perl code itself. Is this normal performance
or have i done something wrong?
Many thanks again for providing this system under the GPL. Hopefully it
will save us a lot of time and effort.
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