[Koha] Koha 3.8.6 released

Chris Cormack chris at bigballofwax.co.nz
Mon Oct 22 18:30:01 NZDT 2012

The Koha release team are proud to announce the release of 3.8.6. The
latest release of the 3.8.x series. This release contains security
fixes for XSS vulnerabilities and any people running 3.8.x are
encouraged to upgrade. You can download the tarball from
download.koha-community.org, for those using the packages the
repository will be updated shortly.

Please continue reading for the release notes.

22 Oct 2012

Koha is the first free and open source software library automation package
(ILS). Development is sponsored by libraries of varying types and sizes,
volunteers, and support companies from around the world.
The website for the Koha project is


Koha 3.8.6 can be downloaded from:


Installation instructions can be found at:


    OR in the INSTALL files that come in the tarball

Koha 3.8.6 is a bugfix/maintenance release.

Highlights of 3.8.6

7589	blocker		tinymce editor broken in .deb packages - in 'en' templates
3652	critical	XSS vulnerabilities
8379	critical	Encoding problem under Plack
8497	critical	Strange behavior when modifying the 'timeout' system preference.

Bugs fixed in 3.8.6

4173	normal		Statuses not appearing in the OPAC
6037	normal		Invalid markup, missing breadcrumbs on Keyword to MARC Mapping page
7643	normal		Can't upload and import zipped file of patron images
8175	normal		items.materials check logs error or displays incorrectly
in details.pl
8350	normal		Searching for a 10 or 13 digit string (with a number in
it) that does not exist in one's catalog will fail to affect SQL
statement correctly in C4::Breeding
8581	normal		Authority display doesn't like GND records
8617	normal		Problem with display of comments waiting for moderation in OPAC
8629	normal		update of statistics fields on fund selection in order
8659	normal		Inactive funds in neworderempty not disabled in IE/Opera
8680	normal		Z39.50 searches for ISBN/ISSN problematic in the Acquistions Module
8700	normal		RESERVESLIP fields not being replaced correctly
8702	normal		System preferences search does not allow accented letters
8739	normal		Partial Fine Payments Saving Amount Paid Incorrectly
8744	normal		Thesaurus in authorities should not lock fields
8791	normal		OPAC UNIMARC XSLT details : subject with subfield 3
8796	normal		patron cards not starting on designated card
8810	normal		Opac: Cart should display branchname instead of branchcode
8873	normal		JavaScript error in Opac displaying tag cloud
7642	minor	The number that appears when hovering over a tag in the tag
cloud isn't the number of items with that tag
7873	minor	Title sort in OPAC basket doesn't work
8441	minor	Hide MODS export for UNIMARC
8583	minor	Add a warning if a Z39.50 search is started from the "Edit
biblio record" page
8711	minor	alternating colors messed up on reports
8721	minor	typo in  AllowItemsOnHoldCheckout
8793	minor	Fix materialTypeCode/typeOf008 icons for NORMARC XSLT
8863	minor	When clearing a patron attribute, they are all cleared
8869	minor	Duplicate member check doesn't disable submit button on bottom.
8764	trivial	Template change "Authors" to "Additional authors" in OPAC
8772	trivial	Uninitialized variable triggers error log entry in smart_rules.pl
8850	trivial	Can't place hold on title with ILS-DI
8806	enhancement	Debian packaging updates

System requirements

    Important notes:

    * Perl 5.10 is required
    * Zebra is required


As of Koha 3.2, the Koha manual is now maintained in DocBook.  The
home page for Koha documentation is


As of the date of these release notes, only the English version of the
Koha manual is available:


The Git repository for the Koha manual can be found at



Complete or near-complete translations of the OPAC and staff
interface are available in this release for the following languages:

  * Arabic (100%)
  * Armenian (100%)
  * Chinese (Taiwan) (76%)
  * Danish (75%)
  * English (New Zealand) (100%)
  * English (USA)
  * French (100%)
  * French (Canada) (76%)
  * German (100%)
  * German (Switzerland) (99%)
  * Greek (69%)
  * Italian (100%)
  * Norwegian Bokmål (68%)
  * Portuguese (Brazil) (100%)
  * Spanish (100%)

Partial translations are available for various other languages.

The Koha team welcomes additional translations; please see


for information about translating Koha, and join the koha-translate
list to volunteer:


The most up-to-date translations can be found at:


Release Team

The release team for Koha 3.8 is

  Release Manager:       Paul Poulain <paul.poulain at biblibre.com>
  Documentation Manager: Nicole C Engard <nengard at gmail.com>
  Translation Manager:   Frédéric Demians <frederic at tamil.fr>
  QA Manager:            Ian Walls <koha.sekjal at gmail.com>
  QA team:               Marcel de Rooy <M.de.Rooy at rijksmuseum.nl>,
                         Jonathan Druart <jonathan.druart at biblibre.com>
			 Mason James <mason at kohaaloha.com>
  Bug Wranglers:         Katrin Fischer, Magnus Enger

  Release Maintainer (3.4.x): Chris Nighswonger <cnighswonger at foundations.edu>
  Release Maintainer (3.6.x): Jared Camins-Esakov <jcamins at cpbibliography.com>
  Release Maintainer (3.8.x): Chris Cormack <chrisc at catalyst.net.nz>


We thank the following individuals who contributed patches to Koha 3.8.6.
     1	Joseph Alway
     1	Ivan Brown
     4	Jared Camins-Esakov
     1	Frédérick Capovilla
     1	David Cook
     5	Chris Cormack
     1	Jonathan Druart
     1	Nicole Engard
     1	Magnus Enger
     1	Chris Hall
     5	Kyle M Hall
     1	Mason James
     3	Owen Leonard
     2	Julian Maurice
     1	Maxime Pelletier
     5	Paul Poulain
     5	Fridolyn SOMERS
     2	Adrien Saurat
     2	Robin Sheat
     3	Mark Tompsett
     3	Marc Veron

We also especially thank the following individuals who tested patches
for Koha 3.8.6.

      4 Jared Camins-Esakov
     49 Chris Cormack
      2 Frédéric Demians
      2 Jonathan Druart
      3 Magnus Enger
      2 Katrin Fischer
      6 Kyle M Hall
      1 Mason James
      4 Owen Leonard
      1 Julian Maurice
      2 Matthias Meusburger
      2 Dobrica Pavlinusic
     31 Paul Poulain
      2 Mirko Tietgen
      9 Marc Veron
      2 wajasu

We regret any omissions.  If a contributor has been inadvertantly missed,
please send a patch against these release notes to
koha-patches at lists.koha-community.org.

Revision control notes

The Koha project uses Git for version control.  The current development
version of Koha can be retrieved by checking out the master branch of


The branch for this version of Koha and future bugfixes in this release
line is 3.8.x.

The last Koha release was 3.8.5, which was released on September 22, 2012.

Bugs and feature requests

Bug reports and feature requests can be filed at the Koha bug
tracker at


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