Error parsing compressed file but reads uncompressed ok

Colin Law clanlaw at
Tue Nov 5 10:36:33 EST 2013

On 5 November 2013 14:57, John Ralls <jralls at> wrote:
> On Nov 5, 2013, at 6:46 AM, Colin Law <clanlaw at> wrote:
>> On 5 November 2013 12:39, Colin Law <clanlaw at> wrote:
>>> I find today that I cannot open my compressed xml accounts file, I get
>>> a parse error opening the file.  I am using version 2.4.13 (on Ubuntu
>>> 13.10).  If I uncompress the file with gunzip it will open ok, but if
>>> I I save it compressed again then again it will not reopen.
>>> I can read the same compressed file ok with version 2.4.10 (on Ubuntu
>>> 12.04), and if I save it with version 2.4.10 then I can re-open it
>>> with version 2.4.13.
>> In fact I see that even if I make a new trivial file and save it
>> compressed then I cannot re-open it.  Either something has got messed
>> up in my system or an update has introduced a bug.
> There haven't been any updates to Gnucash-2.4.13. The fact that you can fix the problem by unzipping by hand suggests that there's a problem either with libz on Ubuntu 13-10 or with GC's linkage to it.

In fact I see I was wrong about it failing with a trivial file.  I
have gone back through the backups and find that I can still open the
file from earlier today but cannot open ones after a certain point, so
it does seem to be related to this particular file.  I have tried on
another Ubuntu system running ubuntu Trusty daily build and see the
same problem, so it is not related to user settings.

I had a vague recollection of a similar problem reported on the forum
a few weeks ago, but can't find it now.

I guess you must be right, for some reason gnucash is unable to
correctly unzip this particular file.  Any suggestions on how to
progress this further?  I could send the file privately to someone if
they wanted to have a look at it.


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