Other QIF bugs (or misfeatures)
14 Feb 2001 10:39:17 -0500
In my ongoing trials to get bank downloads of QIF files working, here
is a list of other "misfeatures" that exist in the current importer.
To obtain this list I am just walking through an import (or two) and
stopping whenever I find something to say. This implies that there is
no particular preferential order to these requests, the order is based
on the QIF import process:
* No default QIF account name: The 1.4 importer had the nice
feature that if the QIF file itself didn't have a default
QIF account, the importer would assume one based on the
filename. This was a useful feature and it would be nice to
resurrect it. Honestly, I wouldn't mind so much if the
"guess" was just inserted into the textbox by default and
the user still had to hit 'next' (and still had the chance
to change the name).
* It would be nice if the list of "QIF files you have loaded"
listed the filename and also the default QIF account. I'm
not very tied to this request, but it might be a nice
* On the Match QIF account with Gnucash accounts page, there
is no way to toggle the "new" column. Even if the Gnucash
account already exists (through a previous QIF import of by
choosing an account through the chooser), the importer will
still keep the "new" column checked. This will cause
problems later. Indeed, this same problem exists when
matching QIF categorites and payees/memos to Gnucas
* Due to the previous problem, after the import "finishes" I
now have a number of new accounts with a description of "QIF
Import: Name conflict with another account" even though I
chose those particular accounts to use.
* I did not get the "duplicate transaction" screen at all in
the first import. For kicks, I tried to import the same QIF
file a second time, and again I did not get the duplicate
transaction screen. I should note that this particular QIF
file is from a credit-card, and does not have any
* After the second import I have two sets of the tranactions
loaded. In addition I now have _three_ duplicate acount
trees, two of which are labeled "QIF Import" Name conflict
with another account".
* Again, I didn't get the duplicate transaction page.
* The account picker is weird. The data that it displays as
it scrolls is not necessarily the data it shows when it
starts up. Either that, or the scrollbar isn't in the right
place. For example, I click on an entry that has "NORTH
AMERICAN M" to try to choose my loan account. The account
picker comes up and has the scrollbar at the bottom, and in
the picker window I see something that looks like this:
+- "PAYOFF ON LOC
+- AMERICAN EXPRESS - ONLINE PMT
| 8- Cash on Hand
| | +-Cash
| 8- Retirement Accounts
| | +- Aetna
As I said, the scrollbar is at the bottom, but I know that
"Assets" are the 'top' of my account tree! Anyways, soon as
I touch the scrollbar and move it a pixel, the window shifts
so that "NORTH AMERICAN M" is right there (and highlighted).
Exploring a bit, the above snippet is really at the top of
the window, and the scrollbar really does want to be at the
very bottom in order to have the "NORTH AMERICAN M" entry be
at the top of the window. But it looks like the window
isn't painting correctly. Clearly it is painting the top of
the tree even though it should be displaying (and the
scrollbar is in the location of) the bottom of the tree.
Anyways, these are my current QIF Importer comments, suggestions, and
complaints (for the moment).
Have a great day!
Derek Atkins, SB '93 MIT EE, SM '95 MIT Media Laboratory
Member, MIT Student Information Processing Board (SIPB)
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