ANNOUNCE: Gnucash 2.3.5 released

Phil Longstaff plongstaff at
Sat Aug 29 22:47:48 EDT 2009

Announcement: GnuCash 3.3.5 Release 2009-08-29
GnuCash 2.3.5 released

The GnuCash development team proudly announces GnuCash 2.3.5, the sixth of 
several unstable 2.3.x releases of the GnuCash Free Accounting Software which 
will eventually lead to the stable version 2.4.0. With this new release 
series, GnuCash can use an SQL database using SQLite3, MySQL or PostgreSQL. It 
runs on GNU/Linux, *BSD, Solaris, Microsoft Windows and Mac OSX. This release 
is intended for developers and testers who want to help tracking down all 
those bugs that are still in there.

WARNING WARNING WARNING - Make sure you make backups of any files used in 
testing versions of GnuCash in the 2.3.x series. Although the developers go to 
great lengths to ensure that no data will be lost we cannot guarantee that 
your data will not be affected if for some reason GnuCash crashes in testing 
these releases.

PLEASE TEST TEST AND TEST SOME MORE any and all features important to you.
 Then post any bugs you find to bugzilla

Major changes in the 2.3.x release include;
* In addition to the XML backend, Gnucash can now use a SQLite3, MySQL or 
PostgreSQL database tostore the data. This is a new implementation using 
libdbi. It supports all features including the business features. In order to 
build with this, add --enable-dbi to the configure command. In addition to the 
libdbi-dev package for your distribution, you will also need the appropriate 
DBD (libdbi driver) package for sqlite3, mysql or postgresql.
* In addition to the current GtkHTML HTML engine used to display reports and 
graphs, Gnucash canuse WebKit. WebKit is the engine used by Google Chrome on 
Windows and Safari on Apple. In order to build with this, add --enable-webkit 
to the configure command. You will need an appropriate webkit-dev package. On 
win32, you will need to download the file from the 
source repository and put it into the downloads directory of your gnucash 
build area.
* Updated to AqBanking 3 on Win32.
Changes between 2.3.4 and 2.3.5 include:
* Partly revert r18246: disable writing of "hidden" and "placeholder" so that 
XML files written by 2.3.5 can be read by 2.2.9
* Avoid CRIT messages when loading root account which has NULL commodity
* Fix compilation problem - add GPOINTER_TO_UINT() cast
* Fix bug 592357: Cannot specify port for database connection. You can now add 
a port number using ":<port>" (e.g. ":100") to the end of the host 
specification in the Open and Save As dialog fordatabases.
* Fix bug 592021: Budget Report: Options to show actual, budgeted and diff 
columns don't work
* Fix minor i18n issues. 1) Don't translate gtk stock button labels. 2) Don't 
split sentences when translating. 3) Exclude formatting from translatable 
messages when possible
* Updated German translation
* Fix bug 592719 - postgres backend aborts with date problems
* Merge latest pot tempate into all .po translation files
* Add win32 version of gmtime_r
* Fix bug 575778: QIF import: fix crash when a security list omits the "T" 
(type) line

Caveats for Testers
Any 2.3.x version might crash unexpectedly at any point during runtime. If you 
test some serious work in a 2.3.x release and are using the XML file backend 
for data storage, make sure you hit "Save" after every non-trivial workstep. 
If you are using the SQL backend, this is not required as every change is 
saved immediately to the database.

 The documentation has had screenshots updated, however, many help texts 
usually only refers to the 1.8.x series. Everyone is invited to help improve 
the documentation; see on how to get 

How can you help?
Testing: Test it and help us discover all bugs that might show up in there. 
Please enter each and every bug into bugzilla.
 Translating: The new release comes with some new translation strings. If you 
consider contributing a translation, we invite you to test this release 
already. A string freeze will be announced inone of the later 2.3.x releases. 
Please check forupdates on 
 We would like to encourage people to test this and any further releases as 
much as possible andsubmit bug reports in order that we can polish GnuCash to 
be as stable as possible for the 2.4.0 release in a few weeks. Then post any 
bugs you find to 

Getting GnuCash
 Source code for GnuCash 2.3.5 can be downloaded from or under "gnucash (unstable)".

To install GnuCash, users will need Gnome 2, guile, slib and swig.

Win32 binary
 The Gnucash 2.3.5 Win32 setup executable can be downloaded from Look under "gnucash 

About the Program
GnuCash is a free, open source accounting program released under the GNU 
General Public License(GPL) and available for GNU/Linux, *BSD, Solaris, Mac 
OSX and Microsoft Windows. Programming on GnuCash began in 1997, and its first 
stable release was in 1998.
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