[OPEN-ILS-GENERAL] Mangled UTF8 characters with imported MARC records in Z39.50

Brent Mills brent at hoodriverlibrary.org
Fri Dec 2 16:52:57 EST 2016


I’ve recently noticed some issues with imported MARC records from a specific set of Z39.50 servers.

A noticeable amount of records that are imported through Prospector/MaineCat targets have mangled characters when diacritics, symbols,etc.. are present in the record.

Does anyone have some ideas on what could be causing the character encoding problems from these particular targets? Or run into this at their own site?

- dgo.conf has <charset>marc-8</charset>. changing that to usmarc, utf8 has had no effect
- xml2marc-yaz.cfg is setup like described in https://wiki.evergreen-ils.org/doku.php?id=evergreen-admin:sru_and_z39.50 <https://wiki.evergreen-ils.org/doku.php?id=evergreen-admin:sru_and_z39.50> changing the charset options hasn’t had any effect either
- the encoding/translation problems do not happen with OCLC and Library of Congress targets, it seems to mainly affect servers with the INNOPAC db type. I’m not sure if that’s related.

Going through the logs I can see things like:

open-ils.search.z3950.search_class: no mapping found for [0x80] at position 56 in Kurt and Joe tangle with the most determined enemy they’ve ever encountered when a ruthless powerbroker schemes to build a new Egyptian empire as glorious as those of the Pharaohs. Part of his plan rests on the manipulation of a newly discovered aquifer beneath the Sahara, but an even more devastating weapon at his disposal may threaten the entire world: a plant extract known as the black mist, discovered in the City of the Dead and rumored to have the power to take life from the living and restore it to the dead. With the balance of power in Africa and Europe on the verge of tipping, Kurt, Joe, and the rest of the NUMA team will have to fight to discover the truth behind the legends—but to do that, they have to confront in person the greatest legend of them all: Osiris, the ruler of the Egyptian underworld. g0=ASCII_DEFAULT g1=EXTENDED_LATIN at /usr/share/perl5/MARC/Charset.pm line 308.

So I’m thinking something is happening in the MARC8 to UTF8 conversion?

Attaching a screenshot of what it looks like in the Z39.50 Import screen. The 264s have been the most obvious place to see the issue, but it happens in any field with special characters.

Been banging my head trying to figure out what’s causing this. Any help would be appreciated!

Thank you,



Brent Mills
Systems Librarian | Sage Library System

email: brent at hoodriverlibrary.org
tickets: https://sagelib.org/support

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