Gnucash 1.8.2 first impressions

Derek Atkins warlord at MIT.EDU
Sat Apr 12 22:59:00 CDT 2003

linas at (Linas Vepstas) writes:

> On Wed, Apr 09, 2003 at 09:05:59AM -0300, Derek Broughton was heard to remark:
> > From: "Herbert Thoma" <tma at>
> > > It may well be that you don't get prices from the net and then you
> > > would be happy with at least the prices from the transactions.
> > > (Remember: The reports only use prices from the pricedb.)
> > 
> > This was the behavior I used to see in Quicken, and I can't imagine any other
> > reason why it works that way.  imo, actual sale prices are much more 'true' than
> > some quote received from the net, and should always be added to the pricedb. Any
> iThey should be added, but several caveats: 
> 1) they need to be linked/tracked appropriately:
>    If user makes a typo in the register, then corrects it, the price in the 
>    price db needs to be corrected as well: even if the correction is days 
>    or weeks later.
> 2) Have to be careful with math in the register:  due to round off errors,
>    if we define price = value/amt, then one will find that value != price * amt.
>    It was Quickens inability to correctly do this bit of math that got me started
>    on Gnucash, oh, what six & a half years ago ... 
> If 1) and especially 2) aren't implemented correctly, it will drive users up a 
> wall.  This may be why register-prices don't go into the pricdedb; rob
> decided to punt when he coded this.

I actually think #1 is a harder problem...


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