ANNOUNCE: GnuCash 2.3.1 released

Phil Longstaff plongstaff at
Sun Jun 7 18:46:01 EDT 2009

GnuCash 2.3.1 released 
The GnuCash development team proudly announces GnuCash 2.3.1, the second 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 guarentee 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 2.3.0 and 2.3.1 include: 
Bug #582976 - - is not available 
Bug #583535 - Problem with mysql database 
Bug #583883 - Customer report produces error 
Bug #584564: Patch by Chris Dennis to allow a report to be either a string or 
Fix all business exports to force file type QSF 
Fix SQL statement which calculates account balances 
Fix port number, especially for postgresql 
Clean up include files and code related to goffice. 
Add qsf:// as a valid URI type 
Fix handling of GObjects when deleting a report 
Update aqbanking version to 3.8.3, which means one patch isn't needed 
Fix WEBKIT path so that correct DLLs will be copied to output directory 
Register: Add some header comments for a confusing function. 
Create and upload the WIN32 daily builds 
If postgres database does not exist, create it. 
Update German translation. 
Minor i18n string improvements 
Remove obsolete glade file. 
Modify packing on URI type combo box to fix its size 
Patch by Mike Alexander to speed up price db loading in sql backend. 
Add Lithuanian translation by Tadas Masiulionis 
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 2.3.1 can be downloaded from It is available as 
source code.
To install GnuCash, users will need Gnome 2, guile, slib and swig.
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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