Fwd: GnuCash packaging

Charles Day cedayiv at gmail.com
Fri Feb 27 20:10:26 EST 2009

This is an off-list email that he gave me permission to forward to the list.
Mac readers may be interested.  -Charles

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Charles Day <cedayiv at gmail.com>
Date: Fri, Feb 27, 2009 at 11:27 AM
Subject: Re: GnuCash packaging
To: Rick Stahlhut <rstahlhut at rochester.rr.com>

On Fri, Feb 27, 2009 at 5:35 AM, Rick Stahlhut
<rstahlhut at rochester.rr.com>wrote:

> Hello Charles,
> i just was struggling to install GnuCash on my intel Macbook Pro 10.5.5 the
> last couple days.
> I saw the discussion you were in last month at macosforge titled "GnuCash
> packaging".   Thank you thank you thank you -- for considering a mac
> executable for GnuCash.

Mac installs are a complete pain; I'd love to package it up into a single
.app file.

> I'm a former oracle database designer.  I've worked in unix and vms
> environments.  But that was 20 years ago.
> Now I just want a financial package that works -- and what appears to be
> the best option for the mac.  the GnuCash documentation is fantastic
> compared to MoneyDance, for instance, and I've heard great things about the
> features.
> I was astonished (ok, not that much) to hear some folks on the group
> suggesting to you that some of us are "unwilling" to install macports and
> fink.  These folks must be smoking something interesting.    I've *done*
> that.  It doesn't work.  And then I'm totally stuck, after a lot of time and
> disk wasted.

MacPorts should work. That's what I use whenever I need to build a released
version. (I usually work with the unreleased code.)  If you are unable to
build with MacPorts, ask on the gnucash-user list and I (or someone else)
will respond to your specific issue.

> As you obviously realize, many users of reasonable skill do not have unix
> chops.  And unix chops are the only thing that matters when these macport
> installs fail.  Unless, of course, you have an entire week to devote to it,
> which I don't because I'm trying to do medical research instead.
> So again, thank you for thinking of us poor users.  I do not want to buy my
> second choice when an open source product is better and better documented.
>  But I don't have a week to install it.   If you are seriously considering a
> build, would you please let me know and I'll wait for it.  Else, I guess, I
> have to buy MoneyDance.  I honestly don't care about the money. Time is my
> issue.

I'm not actively working on packaging at the moment, but it's high on my
priority list. It may be figured out fairly soon but I have no timeline for
it. If you need something instantly and don't want to retry MacPorts or Fink
by asking on the gnucash-user list, then I guess you'll have to pick
something else.

> I suppose it's considered wrong to try to pay for such things, but i for
> one, would be happy to pay for a working executable for GnuCash (preferably
> with some free trial option).   I wish I could offer technical help, but if
> I had those skills, i wouldn't be writing you.
> thanks for listening.

No worries. Could I forward this exchange to the gnucash-devel list so other
GnuCash developers can read it?

> - Rick in Rochester (NY)


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