[Koha] Making a field into a drop down menu

John Fawcett john at voipsupport.it
Tue Oct 6 03:49:01 NZDT 2020

Hi Caroline

thanks for your answer. Yes I confirm that itemtypes is present in the
table "authorized_value_categories". This value has is_system = 1.


On 05/10/2020 15:47, Caroline Cyr-La-Rose wrote:
> Hi John,
> I looked in my db and noticed there was an entry "itemtypes" in the
> table "authorised_value_categories". Do you also have this? I'm not
> sure how item types as authorised values are managed since it is not a
> real authorised value category.
> Caroline
> On 20-10-04 07 h 01, John Fawcett wrote:
>> Hi
>> first of all let me say I'm completely new to Koha and am taking a look
>> at it potentially to use in a school library. So thanks to all the
>> people that have contributed to making the software what it is today.
>> It's been a bit of a learning curve. First off, I tried and abandoned
>> the idea of installing on my existing Centos 8 server and took the
>> easier path of using the packaged install on latest Ubuntu release on a
>> new dedicated server, following this link:
>> https://wiki.koha-community.org/wiki/Debian
>> I did find an issue that stopped me installing mariadb due to
>> incompatible versions, but mysql installed without problems.
>> Needing to use Italian, I did run into some issues in the provided sql
>> which I had to tweak in order to get the install to correctly finish
>> without violating not null constraints (on the 307 record in the
>> marc_subfield_structure).
>> So now I've got an up and running installation which I'm trying out, but
>> one thing which I cannot work out.
>> After adding a Unimarc record, I'm on the editor for adding items.
>> There's a field 995 r "Type of item and material" (or in my version
>> "Tipo della copia e materiale". This is a free input text field, not a
>> drop down menu limited to a list of predefined values.
>> In the Italian translation this field did not have any
>> "authorised_value" in the table marc_subfield_structure. I've modified
>> with the value itemtypes. However for some reason this does not seem to
>> make the field into a drop down menu in the staff GUI. So my  question
>> to more experienced users are: after changing the "authorised_value" do
>> I need to run a script or restart something in order to get the free
>> text field to change into a drop down menu?
>> Or is there a different way of doing that?
>> thanks for any help.
>> John
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