Proposal for modifying gnucash to use exact quantities

John Hasler
26 Jul 2000 07:28:20 -0500

Christopher Browne writes:
> True.  They were counting a discrete, countable quantity.

But delivering a continuous substance.

> Can you name one that people _actually use_ that is not discrete?


> If we try to work using FP values,...

Relax,  I'm not trying to get you to go back to FP.  I was trying to make a
somewhat theoretical point.  Obviously, I failed.

> True.  Which means that the rounding policy needs to be _nailed down_,

You can and should do that for money, but I don't see how you can hope to
do it for goods.  Every industry has it's own conventions, and each
contract can be different.

We seem to have a basic philosophical difference here.  I see a
double-entry accounting system as existing to deal with money.  Everything
else ---stocks, bonds, gasoline, machine screws, 747's--- is the province
of inventory control.  You appear to want to put everything in the same
system and treat money as just another kind of stuff.
John Hasler (John Hasler)
Dancing Horse Hill
Elmwood, WI