[Koha] RFC: control character in a MARC record?

MJ Ray mjr at phonecoop.coop
Tue Mar 15 03:54:54 NZDT 2011

Galen Charlton wrote:
> On Mar 12, 2011, at 8:08 AM, MJ Ray wrote:
> > I've been helping someone debug a problem saving records from the
> > reservoir to their catalogue and it seems that one of their sources
> > has subtle errors in their data.  The source record contains some
> > control characters.  One of the MARC:: modules reacts badly to that
> > and crashes Koha.
> Depending on how the MARC:: module in question is crashing, that
> could also be construed as a bug in that module as well.  Would you
> mind filing a bug at rt.cpan.org or sending details to perl4lib as
> well?

I don't mind filing a bug but I don't have a neat problem report for
this yet.  Two problems which I'm working on:

1. I'm not sure which MARC:: module is in question. Koha doesn't seem
to be sending anything back to Apache, so the log message is the
uninformative "Error reading request entity data" one;

2. A record that crashes one catalogue works fine on another, so I
suspect that there may be some interaction with authorities
configuration.  Does anyone have a record that consistently crashes
Koha with the offer to download addbiblio.pl and that log message,
and/or do you know which system preferences cause it?

Yes, I'm looking for a shortcut, so I'd really like to know if a
control character should ever be in the record.

Hope that explains,
MJ Ray (slef), member of www.software.coop, a for-more-than-profit co-op.
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