On Gnucash, G2, and Architecture

Chris Shoemaker c.shoemaker at cox.net
Wed Jun 8 22:09:17 EDT 2005

On Wed, Jun 08, 2005 at 08:34:10AM -0400, Derek Atkins wrote:
> Chris Shoemaker <c.shoemaker at cox.net> writes:
> > BTW, my mini-projects at the moment are 1) looking at what's needed to
> > remove GnomeCanvas from the register.  2) looking at what's needed to
> > move the execution entry-point from guile to a C main.  But more 1)
> > than 2).
> I think the simplest way to achieve #2 is to build our own
> "/usr/bin/guile" interpreter.  We could even build the various runtime
> paths into the binary.  As our binary would use the same libguile as
> the rest of the code, it would separate us from the issue of
> /usr/bin/guile changing out from under us..  It would also be a start
> at fixing the problem as a whole, but it would be an easy first step.
> Granted, if we don't expect a guile 1.7 or 1.8 anytime soon then it
> might not be an issue.

I really don't understand the whole issue well enough to respond
meaningfully at this time, but if I look into #2, I'll come back
and reread this.

> I'm concerned that your #1 mini-project would cause a lot of code
> churn and introduce a lot of potential bugs in the short term.  But
> please come up with a design document before you start and we'll see
> what you plan to do.  It might be worthwhile to _just fix this_ if the
> risk is low and the timeframe is short.  Otherwise I'd prefer to wait
> until after the 1.10 release.

You're right.  Converting the register is not something you'd want to
do right before releasing g2.  Right now, I'm still investigating the
feasibility of using GncTreeView and GtkTreeModel to make a register.
Initially, there are several things that make this very attractive, but
there are also 3 or 4 issues that may be show-stoppers.  If I convince
myself that it is indeed feasible, I'll whip up a prototype demo.  In
any case, there's no way that this investigation should impede g2


> And yes, I'm considering g2 to be 1.10, not 2.0.  The file format
> hasn't changed, the functionality hasn't (majorly) changed.  And I'd
> like to wait until we get the new DB code before moving to "2.0".
> > -chris
> -derek
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