2.0.1 on FC5 trying online banking in the US

David Reiser dbreiser at earthlink.net
Mon Sep 18 23:16:32 EDT 2006

Discussion can go back to gnucash-user, I'm just copying -devel in  
case someone only saw the second request...

On Sep 17, 2006, at 2:27 AM, Dawning Sky wrote:

> Hi,
> I've been using gnucash for a few years now.  Just upgraded to 2.0.1
> using the rpm's on my FC5 machine.
> Now I'm trying to get online banking to work.   I've been trying to  
> follow
> http://www.jongsma.org/gc/
> I've tried a few banks that I have accounts with but nothing worked.

Which banks? What types of accounts? One's first pass through fidata  
can be quite confusing. Also, if any of your <ORG> fields say  
"Yodlee", then you're in for another treat. I have just discovered  
how to circumvent their intermediation, but it requires accessing  
your data from Quicken or MSMoney and then reading the OFXLOG file to  
discover where the account data is really coming from.

Are you in the U.S.? There aren't many other places that use OFX, but  
if you're sure your bank uses OFX, then ofx.py may provide files that  
can be imported into gnucash.

> I even downloaded my own fidata using the script on the page.  Now my
> questions are:
> 1. Is there a way to tell gnucash or aqbanking to use the downloaded
> fidata automatically?

Not yet. I think last year's version of the fidata is included in  
aqbanking, but even that isn't directly accessible in all cases for  
ofxdirectconnect connections. IIRC, there are some changes in the  
works for libofx that should make it easier for aqbanking to directly  
populate some setup fields, but that may be a while.

> 2. What's the proper procedure to set up the US online banking info  
> in gnucash?

At the moment, though setting up online banking in gnucash requires  
running the AqHBCI Wizard (select HBCI Setup... from the Tools menu,  
click Forward in the first dialog, and click the launch AqHBCI Wizard  
button in the second dialog). What then appears is the aqbanking  
setup window that will take more than a mailing list entry to describe.

Another alternative is to get ofx.py working (since you'll need the  
various fields used in that script before you can get aqbanking set  
up). Once you've established that ofx.py produces a valid ofx format  
file, then it's certainly worth considering the effort required to  
set up aqbanking within gnucash.

I really do need to get the aqbanking setup function documented --  
Martin Preuss did a tremendous job of getting ofxdirectconnect  
working, I should do what I can to return the favor and try to  
document the setup for use in gnucash.

> Thanks,
> DS
> _______________________________________________
David Reiser
dbreiser at earthlink.net

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