It would be great if there were a merge patrons feature. If you
accidentally end up with one patron with two cards it would be nice to
merge their records together so that you don't lose their history or
holds or anything.
This patch adds a basic patron merge feature. It attempts to relink all
patron related tables from the patron(s) to be merged. It does not
attempt to relink librarian account related tables at this time. This
feature does not attempt to automatically resolve issues such as
duplicate holds. Such a feature could build upon this one though.
1) Apply this patch
2) Find two or more patrons
3) Perform a patron search that will bring them up on the same page of
results, or add them all to a list of patrons.
4) Use the 'merge' button to begin the merging process
5) Choose a patron to keep
6) Verify the deleted patrons data ( checkouts, holds, etc )
are now linked to the kept patron