Building GnuCash on MacOSX Lion

Mike Alexander mta at
Thu Feb 23 17:42:43 EST 2012

--On February 23, 2012 7:09:04 AM -0800 John Ralls <jralls at> 

> On Feb 23, 2012, at 12:05 AM, Reuben Cummings wrote:
>> On Thu, Feb 23, 2012 at 4:21 AM, John Ralls <jralls at>
>> wrote:
>>> No, WebKit has nothing to do with your crash, which is probably a
>>> dbus permissions issue. Are you trying to start gnucash directly
>>> instead of using gnucash-launcher?
>> Yes, via the command line with
>> gnucash
>> I didn't make a launcher
> That's your problem. You want to say
> gnucash-launcher
> which is a shell script that starts up dbus-daemon before starting
> gnucash. You don't have to do anything to build it; it's built and
> installed by the Makefiles.
> I see that I forgot to update the Wiki page when we changed the
> environment setup so that gnucash-launcher was necessary on Macs.
> I've just fixed that as well as making it more explicit that gtkhtml
> is just for Tiger.

If you build it with MacPorts and follow the instructions when MacPorts 
installs dbus, you shouldn't need to use a launcher script.  You also 
don't get multiple dbus processes that way.  These comments apply at 
least to the X11 version of Gnucash.  I don't use the Aqua version, but 
MacPorts should be able to build that too and it probably works the 
same way.


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