importing transactions without setting CREC

G. Paul Ziemba pz-gnucash-devel at
Thu Jul 18 06:02:04 EDT 2013

I'd like to automate some of my transaction entry by parsing
OCRed scans of my credit card receipts for account numbers,
dates, totals, etc. and producing transaction data that I can 
import to gnucash.

First I generated OFX format data. It worked OK, but all the
transactions are flagged as cleared when they should be just 'n'.
This behavior seems to be hard-coded into the ofx import logic.
It makes sense if you assume OFX always represents a bank

I looked at QIF, which appears to support a transaction field
indicating the reconciled status, but it seems as if I will need
to walk through a series of popups to match the categories each
time I import (despite the QIF account strings being crafted to
match the gnucash account paths). Maybe I am mistaken here: is
gnucash supposed to remember the associations for future QIF

It seems the most streamlined approach would be to enhance the
OFX parser and importer to recognize a new tag inside <STMTTRN>,
such as perhaps <RECONCILE>, that would specify the reconcile
status for the transaction. It would default to 'c' to retain
the existing behavior for standard OFX files, of course. I'm
willing to produce a patch to do this.

It could also be done with a global preference switch, but that 
seems more prone to error (forgetting to change it when needed).

Have I overlooked anything? Is there a better way to solve the problem?
G. Paul Ziemba
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