IRC log for #koha, 2009-09-13

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00:56 chris well i feel a lot better now, its amazing how therauputic playng trains with your son can be
01:52 chris_n2 hehe
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02:20 chris hiya pianohacker
02:20 pianohacker Hey, chris
02:23 chris hows the weekend going?
02:30 * chris_n2 heads off to saw logs
02:30 chris_n2 is now known as chris_n2-away
02:30 pianohacker chris: Pretty crushed with school, but otherwise good
02:31 gmcharlt pianohacker: you're supposed to run away before they drop the school building on you
02:31 gmcharlt have you learned nothing? ;)
02:31 pianohacker Heh. In this case the school building would be my house, so double the trouble :)
02:32 chris hehe
02:32 gmcharlt are you getting any academic credit for your Koha work?
02:35 pianohacker No, unfortunately
02:35 pianohacker It's history and english, so it'd be pretty extra curricular
02:46 chris :)
03:13 chris speaking of history,
03:13 pianohacker cool
03:14 chris the today in history part of this site is really fun
03:14 pianohacker Koha is conspicuously missing from Sep 6
03:15 chris[…]k/100-maori-words
03:15 chris but this page tells you how to pronounce it
03:16 chris[…]maori-words#marae
03:16 chris or at least has an mp3 of it
03:30 pianohacker Hmm. The Maori K sound is rather rough
03:47 chris kinda close to a C in spanish i think
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07:18 nicomo hello sunday morning and all
07:18 pianohacker Blergh
07:18 pianohacker Good morning
07:19 nicomo hi pianohacker
07:23 phasefx_ hi folks
07:24 pianohacker Hello
07:24 pianohacker You're up even later than I am, if whois is accurate
07:25 phasefx_ yeah, slept all day.  Sleep patterns out of whack :)
07:25 pianohacker Heh
07:33 pianohacker Good night, #koha
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07:50 chris hi phasefx_ and nicomo
07:50 nicomo hi chris
07:50 nicomo back from your trip south?
07:50 chris yeah, got back late last night
07:51 chris to be greeted by someone from waldo criticising the community on my blog in the morning
07:51 chris that was pleasant
07:51 nicomo yeah, I saw the comment
07:54 phasefx_ where's WALDO? *ducks*
07:54 chris i wonder if i should ask if he is speaking as a waldo rep
07:54 chris hehe
07:54 chris phasefx_: well ben ide is from univ of hartford
07:54 chris (i know you were joking)
08:05 chris phasefx_: is there any reason you are awake late, WOW, everquest, children?
08:06 phasefx_ chris: just sick :)  slept all day, and can't sleep now.  Hmmm.. WOW.. I'm paying for that; should play it :D
08:09 phasefx_ one of the books I read, New Zealand was the only place that survived after aliens attacked
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08:14 phasefx_ but maybe not their internet
08:14 chris2 hmm weirdness on my vpn, what was the title of the book?
08:14 phasefx_ I tried to find it just now, but couldn't.  I could have swore Margaret Weis co-wrote it
08:15 chris2 interesting, ill have to look it up
08:16 chris2 there was a movie i remember
08:16 chris2[…]uiet_Earth_(film)
08:20 phasefx_ that seems nutty/fun :)
08:21 chris2 its been years since i saw it, i should find it on dvd
08:21 * phasefx_ thought this was funny,[…]g_%281946_film%29
08:24 chris2 hmm that one, or the 1975 madmax like one?
08:25 phasefx_ gosh, it was in color, so probably the latter
08:25 * chris2 puts it on his list
08:26 phasefx_ fair warning, my wife was less amused with the movie :)
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08:26 chris2 yeah we have separate lists ;) fatso lets you have queues
08:26 chris2 we have one each, and one for the kids
08:26 phasefx_ coool
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08:27 |Lupin| hi there
08:27 chris2 hi |Lupin|
08:27 chris2 heya jransom
08:27 |Lupin| hi chris, how are you ?
08:27 chris2 hanging in there |Lupin|, hows your weekend going?
08:28 |Lupin| chris: seems to be a working one !! :) it's ok, just installed Koha on my laptop to play with it at home...
08:28 jransom hi all
08:28 |Lupin| chris: may aI bug you a few minutes with item-related questions ?
08:28 |Lupin| hi jransom
08:28 chris2 sure :)
08:29 |Lupin| chris2: thanks :)
08:29 |Lupin| chris2: so in you digital library, I think we will have one item for each format we have for a given book
08:30 |Lupin| chris2: in the old system, we kept for each format (so for each item) the date of first upload, date of last modification, user who did the first upload and user who did the last modification
08:31 |Lupin| chris2: I'm wondering how these information could be imported in KOha, where to put them...
08:31 |Lupin| chris2: actually for the dates it's ather easy, because items have two associated with them, so I can re-use the fields. The problem is more with users...
08:35 chris2 i guess you would just have to use some local use MARC fields
08:36 chris2 and then edit the XSLT files to show them
08:38 |Lupin| chris2: ok. But where would the data come from ? Would I have to use a plugin to fill-in the fields ? or modify he Perl scripts themselves ?
08:39 chris2 a plugin, you would create a framework (or modify one) and the set up plugins for the fields you have set up
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08:39 chris2 hey there cait
08:39 |Lupin| hi cait
08:40 |Lupin| chris2: and the plugin would fil in the user info ? Would that need some js or could that be done without, according to you ?
08:40 cait hi chris and lupin
08:44 chris2 hmm i think all the plugins currently depend on js im afraid
08:44 |Lupin| chris2: ok
08:44 chris2 to do it without, you would have to edit templates and scripts
08:45 |Lupin| chris2: still, somehow I have the insight it should be possible to do things in a non-js-dependent way. After all it's just putting a user in a MARC field, the user is already known...
08:46 |Lupin| chris2: right...
08:46 |Lupin| chris2: If I'm able to specify precisely what we'd need, do you think someone in the community could help with the plugin ? who ould you recommend me to ask ?
08:47 chris2 there are plenty who could, i think nahuel and hdl are practised at doing it now, but I could take a look if no one else has time
08:48 |Lupin| chris2: ok, thanks a lot
08:49 |Lupin| chris2: also, you were mentionning modifying xslt files to have things displayed correctly. Is that true only for OPAC, or is the display in staff client also controled by XSLT files ?
08:49 chris2 you might have to modify code and templates for staff side
08:50 |Lupin| chris2: ahah. ok.
08:50 |Lupin| chris2: regarding the OPAC, how do I know whether it's XSLT files or templates I have to modify ?
08:52 chris2 for the opac, it depends if you have the sysprefs set to use XSLT or not
08:53 |Lupin| chris2: ok. I ssume one starts with not using XSLT and modifying templates, and if one notices that it's not flexible enough, then it means it's time to turn on XSLT and do the modifications there. correct ?
08:53 chris2 id use XSLT
08:54 chris2 just because you wont have to mess with the scripts
08:54 |Lupin| chris2: ok
08:54 chris2 but you would want to translate them :)
08:55 |Lupin| chris2: while we are talking bout this... I was wondering whether the syntax to use in the isbd syspref is documened somewhere ? I'm not familiar enough to understand it just by reading the content of the syspref...
08:55 |Lupin| chris2: who was your "them" referring to ?
08:59 chris2 them xslt files :)
09:00 |Lupin| chris2: ok
09:01 chris2 |Lupin|: i think its some library standard thing :)
09:01 chris2 i just cut and paste :)
09:04 |Lupin| oh yes ?
09:05 |Lupin| one f these situations where I feel sorry for not being a librarian myself
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09:43 |Lupin| cait: any int about the syntax used in the isbd system preference ?
09:44 cait lupin: sorry, tried to change it once and did not work :)
09:44 cait lupin: so not really a help
09:46 |Lupin| cait: ok, that's encouraging :-)) thanks !
09:48 |Lupin| chris2: if I can send a patch making the opacBaseURL and staffBaseURL work before 3.2, do you think it'll be included ? or is it already too late ?
09:49 cait I think opacbaseurl is used for a feature nicole did - links from staff title to opac
09:50 |Lupin| cait: ah yeah that was mentionned to m perhaps by chris
09:51 |Lupin| cait: but the feature does not work in other places... the syspref is not taken into account to generate the links
09:51 chris2 |Lupin|: thats a bugfix, so it would be included i would expect
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09:52 chris2 you could not send it and make |Lupin| Enterprise Koha instead :-)
09:52 doctormo Question: I'd like to enable book cover images, but the amazon and google enhanced settings don't seem to work. Any advice on what I should try?
09:53 chris2 what verson of koha are you using doctormo ?
09:53 |Lupin| chris2: will think about it ! :-)
09:53 chris2 amazon recently changed their TOS, and we had to change the code
09:54 doctormo oh, interesting, I'm using stable of course
09:54 chris[…]bebf3e05a08830235
09:54 chris (which version of stable 3.0.3?)
09:55 doctormo koha-3.00.02
09:55 chris hdl and I are just finishing backporting bugfixes from master, in preparation for 3.0.4
09:55 chris one of which is the change for amazon
09:56 chris so if you can wait a couple of weeks, we should have something out
09:56 chris or, 3.2.0 (with that change and a lot of new features) wont be far behind it
09:57 chris it seems my internet is back
09:57 |Lupin| 3.2++ !!
09:57 doctormo heh, I feel like I've picked an inopertune time
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09:58 doctormo OK, so what about the google book covers, surely they work?
09:58 chris i have actually tried them lately, but yes i would expect they would
09:58 |Lupin| bye all
09:59 |Lupin| have a nice sunday
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09:59 chris you have the googlejackets syspref set to yes?
09:59 doctormo Then it mustn't be working, this Python in a nutshell book should have a cover on google, unless I should disable amazon
09:59 doctormo I do
09:59 Ropuch Morning
10:00 chris try disabling amazon
10:01 chris and see if that makes it work
10:01 chris hi Ropuch
10:02 doctormo Negative, although the browser is making a request to, so perhaps it's trying
10:03 chris the book has an isbn in the catalogue eh?
10:04 doctormo Oh for sure, I added via the isbn
10:04 chris cool
10:04 chris if you view source you should be able to see the link it is trying to call, could you paste thta in?
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10:06 doctormo var NO_GOOGLE_JACKET = _("No cover image available"); <- well that pretty much clears that up
10:06 doctormo ISBN:9780596100469
10:07 chris :)
10:09 doctormo Is there a way you can do a manual check?
10:09 doctormo[…]nepage&q=&f=false
10:09 doctormo Because it does exist, with images and everything on that API
10:10 chris http://opac.koha.workbuffer.or[…]
10:11 chris 2nd book on the list, is getting one from google
10:11 doctormo I take it that that is running 3.0.0?
10:12 chris its what is soon to be 3.0.4
10:12 chris but afaik google hasnt changed only amazon
10:12 chris http://opac.koha.workbuffer.or[…]google-jackets.js
10:12 chris is the js that actually does the stuff
10:12 doctormo hmm, anyway I'm also trying to add a holding but all the drop downs are empty. Seems I need to add status types.
10:13 chris yep
10:13 chris you have found the manual eh?
10:14 chris[…]meters/item-types
10:15 doctormo Oh well there was a slight difference in those js, but updating that one file didn't seem to help just now.
10:16 doctormo I am going through the manual, but it's very bookish. Not that I shouldn't be surprised, but as a structural thinking it's hard reading.
10:17 chris we are always open to suggestions how to make the documentation easier to use
10:19 doctormo chris: Well the first 4 sections I managed to do because the website it's self suggested that these be added in order. the Z39.50 Client targets were important and yet it seems like they aren't
10:19 chris they are and they aren't :)
10:19 doctormo The enhanced features seem hidden, and that you have to press save on each setting per change seems tedious.
10:19 chris oh i was meaning the documentation
10:20 chris but the sysprefs have been totally overhauled
10:20 doctormo Your interface is always your first documentator.
10:20 doctormo :-) good to hear
10:21 doctormo So I did add item types already, it's all those other drop downs, "Withdrawn status", "Lost Status" etc
10:22 chris authorised values
10:23 doctormo Can't call method "append_fields" on an undefined value at /usr/local/share/perl/5.10.0/MARC/File/ line 92. <- or right, that's what went wrong last time, sorry
10:23 chris[…]authorized-values
10:24 chris[…]o-td25076037.html
10:26 doctormo sounds like I should upgrade tot he latest version, your thoughts?
10:26 chris yep, go to 3.0.3 or wait for 3.0.4
10:27 doctormo Not to 3.2.0? Keep up with git version?
10:27 doctormo Or is it very unstable?
10:27 chris[…]18715b5126a11b12c
10:27 chris well 3.2.0 when its been released
10:28 chris or if you arent in production yet, you could run from master
10:28 doctormo how easy is it to upgrade these systems?
10:28 Ropuch Easy
10:30 Ropuch Between 3.0.x and 3.0.y it's no problem at all
10:31 chris and it will be easy 3.0.x to the 3.2.0 when its released, hasnt been tested yet (it might work fine, wouldn't bet on it yet)
10:33 doctormo So i'd be going from 3.0.2 to 3.0.3, although I'd rather go to 3.0.4 right now, is it ready to use considering I don't have it in production?
10:33 chris nope
10:34 doctormo ok
10:34 chris its right in the middle of having a pile of things cherry-picked to it
10:34 Ropuch I've had a  problem with unicode in z3950 seatch in 3.0.3
10:34 Ropuch s/seatch/search
10:35 Ropuch But switching the C4/ to one from 3.0.2 seems to be working
10:39 doctormo So I've downloaded the new version
10:39 doctormo Should I just run the make and make install again?
10:39 chris nope
10:40 chris perl Makefile.PL --prev-install-log /path/to/koha-install-log
10:40 chris make
10:40 chris make test
10:40 chris sudo make upgrade
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10:45 doctormo thanks chris, you've been ahuge help
10:49 chris no problem, hope it all works out for you
10:49 chris im guessing you are in europe somewhere?
10:50 doctormo Actually in boston, but I'm british
10:51 chris ahh, so just waking up :)
10:52 Ropuch ;>
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12:02 doctormo Now that it's updated, the MARC/File/ error is still present, advice please
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13:05 doctormo hmm, I could do with some good Authorized values, does anyone have a good scheme for them?
13:06 doctormo At the moment I can't check anything out because my items have no withrawn status.
13:06 cait you dont need a withdrawn status for checkout
13:06 cait you can leave them empty when importing items
13:07 doctormo huh, I wonder what's wrong then
13:07 cait itemtype and barcode set?
13:08 doctormo "Sorry, This item cannot be issued at this station."
13:08 cait library for staff set? whats the message you get?
13:08 cait uh
13:08 cait sounds a little like web self checkout. are you in staff?
13:09 doctormo yep
13:09 cait is a library set? (is shown in the top right corner of the screen)
13:10 doctormo It doesn't show on the self checkout page,
13:11 cait so you are in the self checkout?
13:11 doctormo Yes, got it, it wants the "barcode" not the ISBN
13:11 cait yes
13:12 cait isbn is no help when you have more than one item, the barcode identifies every item
13:12 cait does it work with the barcode?
13:12 doctormo Aye, type_id vs item_id,
13:13 doctormo Yes it does work with the barcode
13:13 cait :)
13:13 doctormo So have you seen any good looking self checkout themes? possibly using ajax?
14:19 cait doctormo: sorry, havent seen your question
14:19 cait there are currently no other themes for koha that I know of
14:20 cait you know self check out is thought to be used by patrons at a station, staff will prefer intranet checkout
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17:53 chris @later tell hdl_laptop i did some work on the tests for virtualshelves, it is passing most of them now, will finish it today
17:53 munin` chris: The operation succeeded.
17:53 pianohacker Good morning, chris
17:55 cait good morning chris and pianohacker
17:55 pianohacker Good morning, Katrin
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18:41 chris wow garry collum is the bug fix king
18:42 pianohacker Yup
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18:59 chris hi brendan
18:59 brendan hi chris
18:59 pianohacker Hi brendan
18:59 brendan heya pianohacker
19:01 * chris grabs some breakfast
19:01 * brendan time for a nap
19:02 brendan was holding a sleeping baby for awhile and now that's made me tired :)
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19:17 chris right and now time to catch a bus, bbiab
19:18 pianohacker cya
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20:02 chris back
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20:37 richard hi
20:37 pianohacker Hi
20:37 chris hiya richard
20:38 richard hi pianohacker,. chris
20:42 brendan hi richard
20:42 richard hi brendan
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21:26 pianohacker @marc 111
21:26 munin` pianohacker: A meeting name used as a main entry in a bibliographic record. [a,c,d,e,f,g,j,k,l,n,p,q,t,u,4,6,8]
21:28 chris that is actually really handy :)
21:29 pianohacker Yup
21:43 cait_laptop good night #koha
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21:48 hdl_laptop chris : thanks a lot
21:49 chris i hope its helpful :) now get some sleep :)
21:49 * hdl_laptop prepared coderun for tomorrow
21:49 chris excellent
21:49 hdl_laptop It is.
21:49 hdl_laptop had no time on that
21:53 gmcharlt hdl_laptop++ # and make sure you post a note to Koha ML afterwards about it
21:53 hdl_laptop yes.
21:53 chris speaking of which i need to do a post about the public git repos i know of
21:54 chris maybe ill do a wiki page and post a link to that
22:01 hdl_laptop we shall publish that branch as soon as it has been well tested
22:02 hdl_laptop I had some conflicts between biblibre-integration and new-Acq...
22:02 chris cool
22:03 hdl_laptop But so many deep changes occurred that I reckon going smoothly would really had been a miracle
22:03 chris *nod* this is true
22:04 * gmcharlt wanders off to dig through AACR2 for an assignment
22:04 chris have fun ;)
22:31 pianohacker gmcharlt: Dare I ask what your assignment is?
22:31 gmcharlt pianohacker: it's basically designed to force one to crack open the rather largish binder that is AACR2 in paper form
22:32 pianohacker Heh. I dug through that out of curiosity a while back; it's rather scary that it's the basis of 21st century MARC cataloging as opposed to card-cataloging
22:49 gmcharlt pianohacker: close, but it's actually more correct to say that card cataloging is the basis of 21st century MARC cataloging
22:50 pianohacker bleh, true
22:50 gmcharlt while this can be problematic is left as an exercise for the reader
22:50 pianohacker an exercise often attended by weeping and lamentations
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