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    Certain bib records -- with a tag near 2000 bytes -- crash Cataloging client

    • Article Type: General
    • Product: Aleph
    • Product Version: 18.01

    We've discovered a bibliographic record which consistently crashes the Cataloging client.

    We can view it in the web OPAC and GUI search. None of the services which normally detect too-long fields are having any problems with the record. But attempts to Catalog the record cause the Cataloging client to terminate.

    The record has a 505 contents note close to 2000 characters. It appears this record hasn't been touched since our original conversion to ALEPH.

    As a test we:
    exported the record in MARC format using p_print_03;
    used p_file_01 and p_file_02 to convert to ALEPH Sequential, then
    used p_manage_18 to replace the record in the database.
    The record still caused Cataloging to crash.

    p_file_02 reports and splits long 505 tags. It seems that, in this case, it is not properly calculating how long is too long.

    This issue has been passed to Development. We hope to have a solution soon. We will keep you posted.

    There are two workarounds:

    1. Similar to the above:
    use p_print_03 to export the record in ALEPH Sequential format;
    use "vi" to edit the record, breaking the long field into two shorter ones;
    re-import the record with p_manage_18.

    2. Edit the record in OCLC, breaking the long field into two shorter ones; export the record to ALEPH so it overlays the problem record.

    • Article last edited: 10/8/2013