[Koha] Improving Search Results

Coehoorn, Joel jcoehoorn at york.edu
Sat Sep 27 01:34:34 NZST 2014

That's right: I should have said more about my environment :/

We're running Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS. I don't have good notes on the original
koha installation. There were a couple false starts, and so I'm not sure if
this is packages or other.


It's amazing what just gathering information to post a real question can
do. In examining my system to make sure I'm posting accurate information
about how indexes are created, I see that the koha-common file in the
/etc/cron.d folder, which includes the command to rebuild indexes, did not
have execute permissions. I've fixed that, and I'll post back what the
result is. This may fix another nagging issue for us, as well.

  Joel Coehoorn
Director of Information Technology
York College, Nebraska
*jcoehoorn at york.edu <jcoehoorn at york.edu>*

The mission of York College is to transform lives through
Christ-centered education and to equip students for lifelong service to
God, family, and society

On Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 4:58 PM, Paul A <paul.a at navalmarinearchive.com>

> At 04:32 PM 9/25/2014 -0500, Coehoorn, Joel wrote:
> [snip]
>> The point of this is that, from our librarians perspective, without a
>> better search experience, Koha is "broken".
>> Those are their words, not mine. Here's the thing: when I run a search in
>> Koha, I do get back lots of results from our catalog that are highly
>> relevant to the search terms. But these are exact title matches, and they
>> come back with "Not found".
>> How can I improve this?
> How do you re-index Zebra?  Are your cron jobs working properly and
> regularly?  Do you do a complete re-index (manually) from time to time?
> As an aside, we have found that using the "library catalogue" search (not
> 'title', nor 'author') and just putting in a couple of keywords from the
> title and the author's surname works remarkably well...
> Paul
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