LWN Article: The accounting quest: Ledger

Herbert Thoma herbert.thoma at iis.fraunhofer.de
Sat Jun 16 15:44:35 EDT 2012


Well, not an accounting package, more a report generation tool.

It can even read GnuCash files, but may be not for ever:

"For those who want a more graphical experience, Ledger can read (uncompressed)
GnuCash files, but there are a couple of caveats. One is that the Ledger developer
(John Wiegley seems to do almost all the work on Ledger) is somewhat unenthusiastic
about this approach; the manual asks: "why would anyone use a Gnome-centric,
multi-megabyte behemoth to edit their data, and only a one megabyte binary to query
it?" The other is that this support appears to be lacking from the in-development
3.0 release. So, while using GnuCash works for now, it's not clear that it will
continue to work in the future."

"Gnome-centric, multi-megabyte behemoth" is an interesting description ...

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