Fwd: GnuCash packaging
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
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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
> 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
> 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
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
> 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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