[Koha] Z39.50 server problem

jthornton jthornton at cdlc.org
Fri Jun 5 05:49:24 NZST 2009

I'm new to Linux and Koha so I apologize if the answer to this is obvious to
experts or if it's been answered already -- although I've been looking for
an answer for a few days.

I installed Koha and imported almost 400,000 bib records and indexed them
with zebra. The Koha client looks great -- all the records are there and
searchable. I enabled the Z39.50 server and I can search and retrieve
records using yaz-client on the koha server. 

I installed a simple web-based Z39.50 client (written by Mark Jordan, I
think) on my desktop. When I query the Koha database through this client it
returns the number of search results (the correct number) but no data. This
client works fine for other Z39.50 targets. The relevant section of the
client's config file:

$config_settings = array('title' => 'testZ',
    'yaz_connect_string' => '',
    'yaz_record_syntax' => 'marc21',
    'yaz_max_records' => '1000',
    'z3950_scan' => 1

I also exposed this database to the world and queried it with another Z39.50
client (URSA from SirsiDynix) and got an error (I don't know where the error
log for this client is, but I'm looking). The relevant section of the config
file for that client looks like this:

//Operating parameteres for Partial Union Catalog
PUC.PROTO = 'Z3950'
PUC.Z3950.DBNAME = 'biblios'
PUC.Z3950.TCP.HOST = ''
PUC.Z3950.TCP.PORT = 9999

Has anyone had a similar experience? Is it the record syntax?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Joe Thornton
IT Consultant
Capital District Library Council
28 Essex Street
Albany, NY 12206
518-437-9880 x230 

Koha version:
OS version:        Linux koha 2.6.26-1-686 #1 SMP Fri Mar 13 18:08:45 UTC
2009 i686 GNU/Linux
Perl version: 	5.010000
MySQL version: 	mysql Ver 14.12 Distrib 5.0.51a
Apache version:  Server version: Apache/2.2.9 (Debian)
Zebra version: 	Zebra 2.0.37

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