ANNOUNCE: Gnucash 2.3.2 released

Phil Longstaff plongstaff at
Tue Jul 7 20:26:13 EDT 2009

GnuCash 2.3.2 Release

The GnuCash development team proudly announces GnuCash 2.3.2, the third 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 to store 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 can use 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 2.3.1 and 2.3.2 include:
* Daily win32 builds can be found in
* Win32 builds now include mysql and postgresql client libraries and libdbi 
* Bug #567709: Register: Don't assume that cells outside the cursor are valid
* Bug 563598: QSF XML Export: Remove the tooltip from the GtkCalendar
* Bug 586558 – When a scheduled transaction is deleted, the objects aren't 
cleaned up properly
* Bug 586901: Price editor creates price before all information is available
* Bug #582048: Fix missing GUI callbacks for online transfer.
* Bug #580968: Register: Keep track of the account when an exchange rate is 
* Bug 339726 – Cannot set fractional discount rates in Billing Terms
* Bug 586296/586419/585785 – Fix win32 install script problems
* Bug 586425 - update version of gnutls for win32
* Bug #586295 - when building win32 version, use those versions of 
executables, not installed ones
* Bug #415127 - updating address doesn't mark object as dirty
* Bug 585789/586121: Files not opened correctly
* Bug 587913 – "Edit exchange rate" marks account cell as changed
* Add initial support for eguile template-based reports
* Rework split queries to improve performance
* When opening a file, "sqlite3" and "xml" dropdown list items are replaced by 
* Add Korean translation by Jin-Hwan Jeong.
* Updated Korean translation by yongdoria
* Mark transaction dirty when setting enter-date
* Decrease verbosity of libgwenhywfar debugging output.
* Some memory leaks fixed
* Add AqBanking 3.8.3 patch for Win32
* Handle BUILD_FROM_TARBALL special for tag builds.
* Separate environment variable setup into common file
* Use pwd instead of assuming $0 is a full path. Set URL in a variable
* QIF Import: Documentation .txt file patch by Daniel Convissor.

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 in one of the later 2.3.x releases. 
Please check for updates on 

We would like to encourage people to test this and any further releases as 
much as possible and submit 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 bugzilla.

Getting GnuCash
* GnuCash 2.3.2 can be downloaded from  It is available as 
source code.
* Sourceforge has recently changed their web UI, and until I learn how to 
create a new release with the new UI, the source tarballs will not be 
available from sourceforge.
* To install GnuCash, users will need Gnome 2, guile, slib and swig.

Win32 binary
* The Gnucash 2.3.2 Win32 setup executable can be downloaded from

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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