[Koha] Koha Concurrent and Simultaneous Use of Records

dcook at prosentient.com.au dcook at prosentient.com.au
Fri Jul 9 13:36:07 NZST 2021

Hi Charles,


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From: Charles Kelley <cmkelleymls at gmail.com> 
Sent: Friday, 9 July 2021 11:33 AM
To: dcook at prosentient.com.au
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Subject: Re: [Koha] Koha Concurrent and Simultaneous Use of Records


Hi, David!


    In our latest exchange, on 9 July 2021 at 9:42 [JST], I received from you:


Koha uses the "The ever popular do-nothing-approach".

In theory, this is problematic and certainly bothers me, but in practice I think it's fairly rare that two staff members are working on the same record at the same time. Locking and lock timeouts come with a lot of complexity, and I think the majority of libraries would actually prefer risk accidental overwrites rather than lock contention and session timeouts.

I would love to see a locking feature added, but I don't know if it's anyone's priority at the moment. 


    It's disappointing that there doesn't seem to be a locking feature in Koha. At least in practice, simultaneous use of records is rare or less frequent in my library. But there was an incident last week when a locking feature would have been useful, it occurred to me in retrospect. I too thought of locking timeouts. After all, I wouldn't want a record to be locked after hours and hours of disuse.


    I guess I'll be filing another feature request if such a request is not already on file.


    Thanks for the response.



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