[Koha] Multiple KOHA - One Server
chris at katipo.co.nz
Thu Aug 28 10:29:53 NZST 2003
On Wed, Aug 27, 2003 at 03:46:45PM -0500, Greg Lambert/Amigos said:
> How difficult would it be to host multiple Koha libraries on a single
The good news is, not that hard at all :-)
One of the katipo servers has 4 different koha's running on it.
> The scenario could be:
> There are 3 small libraries in the same town that want to use Koha to
> manage their individual library collections. They combine their
> efforts (and money) to get a single server up and running, but still
> want to display the information individually (different web addresses
> for each library, etc).
> How difficult would this be to create?
Its not too bad, you need a different database, and a different
/etc/koha.conf file for each koha install.
And you need to edit the C4/Context.pm file to set the koha.conf for each
koha to use.
> How many libraries could be hosted on one server? (example 2.4 Ghz P4,
> 512 Mb Ram, 80 Gb HD, etc).
It depends entirely on how big the libraries are, and more importantly how
many transactions they each do a day.
The spec above sounds fine for 3 small libraries.
> Would multiple installs of Koha be necessary, or could the config files
> be modified to have on install and then have the MySQL DBs be structured
> to handle the different libraries?
You could do it with 3 databases, 3 config files, but they all share the
same perl and perl modules plus html::templates.
Its probably better to have separate installs though, which would allow you
to easily change the templates for each koha to make each library have its
> Are there any "issues" about this type of hosting?
This is the solution Id go for if I wanted to run 3 separate catalogs.
However if I wanted to run a union catalog over the three libraries, id go
for a single Koha install, and use Koha's concept of branches to deal with
the separate libraries.
I think it depends on the aim, do they want patrons to be able to search a
catalog and find books in all 3 libraries. Or would they rather have 3
Chris Cormack Programmer
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