data dropped when upgrading from 1.8.9 to 2.2

richard bradley richard.bradley at
Sun Oct 5 18:40:06 EDT 2008


I used gnucash for quite a while on FreeBSD, using version 1.8.9.

I'm trying to upgrade to the current version, but it seems to drop a load
of my data when importing the old accounts file.

I wanted to see if I could work out why, but I can't manage to compile
gnucash from source :-(

I've just downloaded a vanilla Ubuntu ("heron", I think), but I can't get
it to compile.

I (think I) have followed all the instructions at
and I've installed all the packages I can find which seem to be possibly

Currently ./configure fails the following error:
  Unknown library `print`

which is caused by running: "gnome-config --libs print"

I've got several libgnomeprint libraries installed:
$ dpkg --get-selections | grep print
cupsys-driver-gutenprint			install
libgnomeprint2.2-0				install
libgnomeprint2.2-data				install
libgnomeprint2.2-dev				install
libgnomeprintui2.2-0				install
libgnomeprintui2.2-common			install
libgnomeprintui2.2-dev				install
libgutenprint2					install
openprinting-ppds				install
system-config-printer-common			install
system-config-printer-gnome			install

... but none of them seem to provide "print" libraries to gnome-config.

So my questions are:
 1) Why does 2.2.4 drop loads of my transactions from a 1.8.9 version
accounts file?
 2) How do I build gnucash from source on ubuntu "heron"?

Many thanks in advance,


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