Register stuff (summary of Carol and my talk).

Patrick Spinler
Tue, 24 Oct 2000 09:20:01 -0500

That's what's going on !  I, too, have found this to be extraordinarily
confusing.  Please consider changing this behavior.

May I suggest considering all the splits of a transaction as a single
"unit" for the putposes of editing, e.g., make all of the transaction
end actions happen only when the transaction as a whole is confirmed,
not when each split is confirmed.  For example, right now each split is
recorded in both accounts as soon as that split is entered, instead,
none of the splits should appear in or adjust any account balances until
the entire transaction is confirmed.

-- Pat 

Richard -Gilligan- Uschold wrote:
> I've been using gnucash for a few months and one thing that really
> confused me was the way amount in the second or third line of a split
> always changes to maintain a zero total balance.  When I enter a
> transaction to pay a credit card, it typically has about a dozen
> splits.  Entering Discover Card on the Memo line recalls the previous
> months bill.  So, I change the total amount, and the first category,
> say gasoline, changes.  Then I enter the gasoline amount and the
> second category, say groceries changes.  Then I enter the grocery
> amount and the gasoline line changes again!  When I first saw this,
> thought gnucash was seriously broke.  I entered a few more category
> amounts and I figured out what was gong on.  I added an account for
> Unallocated Expense and put it in the second line, and now every thing
> works OK.  This is bad behavior.  Changing an amount the user just
> entered, with no explanation whatever, is not good.  The previous
> money program I used, Managing Your Money, automatically added an
> unallocated expense line at the end of a transaction to maintain the
> balance.  We need to work on a different way to handle this.

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