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Add Koha to openSUSE

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Adding Koha (package) to openSUSE will be awesome feature and advantages so librarians can also have opportunity to use openSUSE distributions.

Koha is a full-featured open-source ILS:
http://koha-community.org ,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koha_(software) .


icons/user_comment.png p. d. wrote: (5 years ago)

KOHA is a bit messy to install from scratch with all it's dependencies. for that reason i'm running debian on a server that might be openSUSE instead. debian have KOHA in their repos for a long time, and it's much easier to use & maintain than manually installing everything via CPAN, etc.

icons/user_comment.png A. S. wrote: (5 years ago)

I already figure out an easy install of Koha on openSUSE 12.1:


So now there will be easier for maintainers to package Koha on OBS.

icons/user_comment.png L. V. wrote: (5 years ago)

What about using the already available package
https://build.opensuse.org/package/show?package=koha&project=Education as base for your experiments?

Simply login, create a branch of the package, do your changes to bring that package into a good shape and submit your changes back. Everything you need for this is described in the openSUSE wiki.

...or, if you think you need some help: just start asking the packagers who to help to improve the quality of that package. It might be that they are answering direct questions. ;-)

icons/user_comment.png A. S. wrote: (5 years ago)

Yes.. :)

In my experience and told in
the blog post we still need
perl-DBD-SQLite2 and
perl-PDF-API2-Simple packages for Koha
3.6.4 or
3.8 to get install. Unfortunately those two perl modules packages are not available yet on Open Build Service.

I'm not familiar yet on building perl modules packages in OBS, so hopefully other contributors will do this task.. :)

icons/user_comment.png A. S. wrote: (5 years ago)

Hi Lars Vogdt,

Awesome! Now there is only one package left (perl-DBD-SQLite2) for Koha to get built on OBS.. :)

Thank you very much for providing perl-PDF-API2-Simple on OBS:

Really exciting for getting involved on it. I also update the blog post about it:


icons/user_comment.png L. V. wrote: (5 years ago)

FYI: perl-DBD-SQLite2 is building now....

icons/user_comment.png A. S. wrote: (5 years ago)

Big thanks to you, Lars Vogdt.

So we'll see Koha
3.6.x and
3.8.x available on OBS soon, right? =)

I'll also build them on my own machine (local build).


icons/user_comment.png M. S. wrote: (5 years ago)

Can anyone explain it in plain language what is koha actually?

I'm a packager and maintainer, maybe I can offer some help if I figure out what it is. It seems to be a book search web application? why we need a web application on openSUSE? for the servers?

icons/user_comment.png A. S. wrote: (5 years ago)

Something like that, and it has what ILS usually provides:

  • acquisitions (ordering, receiving, and invoicing materials)
  • cataloging (classifying and indexing materials)
  • circulation (lending materials to patrons and receiving them back)
  • serials (tracking magazine and newspaper holdings)
  • The
    OPAC (public interface for users)


Koha has been already packaged on OBS: http://software.opensuse.org/package/koha , but for old version. The newer versions (3.6.x and 3.8.x) are not packaged yet.

It is valuable for Librarian to get the software install and run with the easy way on their openSUSE boxes.. :)

icons/user_comment.png M. S. wrote: (5 years ago)

sounds reasonable.

I just submitted a 3.08.05 into Education:

https://build.opensuse.org/request/show/137427 which is the main repo of openSUSE Education version.
so I just mark it done.
feel free to ping me when you need further updates.
Here's my contact:

icons/user_comment.png A. S. wrote: (5 years ago)

This is awesome!
Thank you very much everyone.
Now we have to deal with:
The release schedule:
http://koha-community.org/about/release-schedule/ Every month it releases a bugfix release, like the 3.8.7, 3.4.8, etc. releases. And new features are released every six months, these are the x.x.0 releases, (3.6.0, 3.8.0, 3.10.0 etc).
This December 2012, upstream has 3.8.8 and 3.10.1.
The other main functions of Koha ILS is Zebra Indexing Machine which is providing a searchable items (books, recordings, etc.). The easy way is implemented by creating (soft link): "/etc/init.d/koha-zebra-daemon":



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