SX's (was Re: Net Asset Calculation)

Derek Broughton dbroughton at
Wed Mar 12 10:50:20 CST 2003

From: "Tim Wunder" <tim at>

> On Tuesday 11 March 2003 11:31 am, someone claiming to be Derek Atkins wrote:
> <snip>
> > Are you willing to donate time and code to help fix it?  If not, then

I'm really new here - can't even get the CVS yet, though I've got the latest FTP
source - and I understand Tim's concern that this is a heck of a combination of
code, but I'm certainly willing to give it at try.

> Agreed (mostly), but a broken feature shouldn't be touted as a feature. At
> least warn the poor unsuspecting user that the feature is not finished.

And I agree that something that doesn't work shouldn't be touted as a new
> > Based on user experience so far, SXes have clearly _never_ worked
> > right.  But that alone does not warrant holding back a release.  SXes
> > are an extraneous feature, and we can easily tell users "don't use
> > them yet."  There were enough another other fixes completed to warrant

Hardly "extraneous".  That implies

And I agree that something that doesn't work shouldn't be touted as a new
feature.  However, it's a
> > a 1.8.2.  Hopefully the SX code can be fixed for 1.8.3, but that
> > depends on getting code.  The SX author is busy with real life (as are
> > ALL of us), and frankly I don't blame him for not being very active in
> > Gnucash -- it doesn't pay his salary.  Waiting would have meant waiting
> > indefinitely, and that's NOT ok.
> >
> Agreed again. So why do we list Scheduled Transactions as a new feature in
> 1.8.x when they're clearly borken (regardless of the validity of the reason
> for their borken-ness)?
> > Open Source is not perfect.  The reason it's better than closed-source
> > is NOT because it's free.  The reason it's better is because it can
> > leverage the help of hundreds of developers, each working on small
> > improvements.  Well, I'm sorry, put up or shut up.  Either provide
> > some code, be one of those people making gnucash better, or stop
> > complaining.
> >
> > -derek, who's had a very bad day, and it's not even noon yet
> >
> Relax...
> Tim
> <snip>
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