[Koha] [Koha-devel] RFC: Modification to Fines System

Kyle Hall kyle.m.hall at gmail.com
Sat Oct 3 01:13:34 NZDT 2009

That sounds like a good feature, but I certainly don't fully
understand how your system works, or how it interacts with the fines
system. I would suggest opening a bug in bugzilla to request the
feature be added.


Information Technology
Crawford County Federated Library System ( http://www.ccfls.org )

On Thu, Oct 1, 2009 at 6:54 PM, Martin Longo <jmlongo at uncu.edu.ar> wrote:
> En su momento, tajoli escribió:
>> Dear Kyle Hall,
>> On Thu, 1 Oct 2009 08:47:52 -0400, Kyle Hall <kyle.m.hall at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> I just thought of a reasonably easy way to track both the payment made
>>> by a borrower, and the payment as applied to charges on a borrowers
>>> account.
>> [...]
>>> The real question is: is this necessary? Do any libraries using Koha
>>> need to track total payments against individual fine payments?
>> I don't know if libraries needs to track payments in this way.
>> In Italy, as standard, we don't use fines.
>> We put days of embargo on user or we ask to pay
>> the value of book if heavily damaged or lost.
>> But if you do the work, read the MySql documentation here:
>> http://wiki.koha.org/doku.php?id=en:development:dbschema
>> http://www.koha.it/local--files/working/koha303_schema.zip
>> I'm sure that there are errors, and to have a prefect idea on how the
>> system work,
>> read the code of the API. A one person previous said, there are lacks on
>> constraints, unique keys, indexes.
>> And please write here any error you find in the docs, I will update them.
>> And also any update on the tables.
>> Bye
>> Zeno Tajoli
> Hi there !...
> I want to jump into this thread because, as the italian libraries,
> argentinian libraries don't use monetary fines but a suspension period
> (an amount of days depending the itemtype or the borrowertype, etc.)
> Since we began using Koha, back in version 2.2, we had to 'do something'
> to use Koha and change 'fines' to 'suspensions' and reflect that in the
> system. I'm sure each Koha implementation here at Argentina has it's own
> way to implement this (via new local tables, scripts,etc)
> I was able to implement this feature by "missusing" the accountlines
> table, adding a local variable, changing a bit mancredit, maninvoice
> templates and adding some code to fines.pl and some C4 modules....
> This "Frankenstein" has been working very well over this years... but
> the thing is that it would be a lot better if something like this could
> be included into Koha... so a library could select the type of system to
> use (monetary fines or suspension days) in System Preferences.
> So .. If some changes are to be made to the Fines System, I wanted to
> add my 2 cents so maybe this changes can made it to the system too
> Best regards
> --
> Ing. J. Martin Longo
> Depto. Gestion Informatica
> SID - UNCuyo
> http://sid.uncu.edu.ar
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