OPAC: Barcode that starts with a letter cannot login to My Account

Bug #1581658 reported by Jennifer Pringle on 2016-05-13
This bug affects 3 people
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Bug Description

Evergreen 2.8 and Evergreen 2.10.2

If you have a patron barcode that starts with a letter it cannot be used to login to My Account.

This is an issue for patrons with barcodes that are prefixed with letters. ie. MPL1234 (for Maple Public Library).

I think this is related some or all of the following:

Galen Charlton (gmc) on 2016-05-16
Changed in evergreen:
status: New → Confirmed
Galen Charlton (gmc) wrote :

As a work-around, the opac.barcode_regex library setting could be used to identify cases where patron barcodes start with something other than a digit. E.g., if any string that starts with either a digit or with MPL is (likely) a barcode, you could use something like "^(\d|MPL)" as the regex.

This isn't perfect, however -- if there are other patrons not belonging to MPL who nonetheless have usernames starting with "MPL", they would not be able to log in using their username.

Beth Longwell (blongwel) wrote :

I'm seeing this in 3.1.7.

Jason Stephenson (jstephenson) wrote :

There is a hard coded value of '^\d' used in the absence of the opac.barcode_regex setting. You should use the setting. However, the hard coded regular expression could be changed to allow anything as a barcode.

I'm not sure what restricting it to requiring something that begins with a number buys anyone.

Does anyone know why the code is as it is?

Jason Stephenson (jstephenson) wrote :

OK. So, I can answer my own question after spending < 5 minutes looking at it. The code in EGCatLoader.pm needs some way to differentiate a barcode from a user name because either can be used to login.

I think the solution to this is to set the opac.barcode_regex setting as appropriate for you your local conditions.

tji@sitka.bclibraries.ca (tji) wrote :

We have various formats of barcode and usrname. Probably the solution is using separate boxes for usrname and barcode on the interface.

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