[Koha] Koha 3.8.11 released

Chris Cormack chris at bigballofwax.co.nz
Sat Mar 23 12:09:32 NZDT 2013

The Koha release team, in association with the multitude of Koha
libraries, librarians, support companies, developers and users, are
proud to announce the release of the latest stable release of the
3.8.x branch, 3.8.11.

This maintenance release contains code from 12 people from 9 different
organisations, making it once again a great example of international
and inter company collaboration.  Making the official and community
supported Koha live up to its’ promise of no single vendor lock in.

As always you can download the tarball at download.koha-community.org,
or wait for a day or 2 until the packages at debian.koha-community.org
are updated.

Please read below for the release notes

22 Mar 2013

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 3.8.11 can be downloaded from:


Installation instructions can be found at:


    OR in the INSTALL files that come in the tarball

Koha 3.8.11 is a bugfix/maintenance release.

Major fixes of 3.8.11

4266 major encumbrance and expenditure not used in code

7253 major fast cataloging not always checking out

8620 critical Barcode searching not working correctly

Bugs fixed in 3.8.11

9377 normal itemtype in duplicate biblio search
9207 minor Improve z39.50 speed slowdowns for sites with many records

8054 normal can hit submit twice when paying fines
8682 normal quick slip: renewals do not appear on quick slips

9267 normal Ubuntu 12.04 install docs broken

MARC Bibliographic record staging/import
5333 normal Undefined value stops import from z39.50

9585 minor Fix spelling mistake in default tab conditional for opac-detail

9784 minor koha-shell missing from koha-common man page

Staff Client
9663 normal Individual bibliographic record "Save" option requires
export permission
9658 trivial Breadcrumb wrong on reports dictionary

System Administration
7596 normal System preferences editor JavaScript contains
untranslatable English string

9695 normal Use alphabet system preference on page used to browse
patrons for patron card batches
9385 minor patron add labels right aligned in chrome
9545 minor Fix Import Marc Bibliographic Framework Text Label
9586 minor Remove $ENV{DEBUG} info from Member Template
9651 minor When deleting a fund, button is wrongly labelled with
'Delete this budget'

Z39.50 / SRU / OpenSearch Servers
9520 minor Update default LOC Z39.50 target

Enhancements in 3.8.11

9650 Show message if there are no notices
9765 Remove unused include file: budgetperiods-admin.inc

New sysprefs in 3.8.11

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:

  * English (USA)
  * Arabic (99%)
  * Armenian (99%)
  * Chinese (Taiwan) (75%)
  * Danish (74%)
  * English (New Zealand) (99%)
  * French (99%)
  * French (Canada) (76%)
  * German (99%)
  * German (Switzerland) (99%)
  * Greek (74%)
  * Italian (100%)
  * Norwegian Bokmål (67%)
  * Portuguese (100%)
  * Portuguese (Brazil) (99%)
  * Slovak (100%)
  * Spanish (100%)
  * Turkish (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 3.8.11 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 libraries who are known to have sponsored
new features in Koha 3.8.11:

We thank the following individuals who contributed patches to Koha 3.8.11.
  *      2 Tomas Cohen Arazi
  *      1 D Ruth Bavousett
  *      2 Jared Camins-Esakov
  *      2 David Cook
  *      3 Chris Cormack
  *      1 Jonathan Druart
  *      1 Kyle M Hall
  *      2 Bernardo Gonzalez Kriegel
  *      7 Owen Leonard
  *      3 Liz Rea
  *      3 Fridolyn SOMERS
  *      1 Mathieu Saby

We thank the following companies who contributed patches to Koha 3.8.11
  *       7 ACPL
  *       4 Biblibre
  *       2 BigBallOfWax
  *       1 ByWater-Solutions
  *       2 C & P Bibliography
  *       4 Catalyst
  *       2 Prosentient Systems
  *       1 Université Rennes 2
  *       5 unidentified

We also especially thank the following individuals who tested patches
for Koha 3.8.11.
  *      24 Jared Camins-Esakov
  *       3 Galen Charlton
  *       2 David Cook
  *      26 Chris Cormack
  *       2 Elliott Davis
  *      14 Jonathan Druart
  *       1 Jonathan Druarth
  *       2 Nicole C. Engard
  *       4 Katrin Fischer
  *       5 Kyle M Hall
  *       3 Bernardo Gonzalez Kriegel
  *       2 Owen Leonard
  *       1 Liz Rea
  *       1 Martin Renvoize
  *       3 Marcel de Rooy
  *       1 Robin Sheat
  *       2 koha.aixmarseille

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 3.6.11, which was released on December 27, 2012.

Bugs and feature requests

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


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