Register-2 Data Entry

Graham Menhennitt graham at
Thu Sep 12 08:05:11 EDT 2013

On 12/09/2013 20:35, David Carlson wrote:
> On 9/12/2013 3:37 AM, Graham Menhennitt wrote:
>> On 11/08/2013 04:34, John Ralls wrote:
>>> I guess I should have done this much sooner, but I tried using Register2. Some issues:
>>> * The number field is reproduced when copying a memorized transaction if it's left blank before tabbing out of the description field. 
>>> * Return doesn't commit the transaction and move to a new empty one, it toggles the edit state on the current field. Tabbing off the end of the transaction, rather than opening a new empty transaction, takes one to the first entry in the account. Arrow-down doesn't do anything. I was able to commit the transaction by arrowing up, which created a new empty transaction that I could arrow down to, but of course the cursor isn't in the date column where I need to start, it's in whatever column I was last in in the previous transaction. I have to back-tab to the date field to start entering the next transaction.
>>> *  Because Enter/Return doesn't move the cursor, the "Enter moves to blank transaction" preference has no effect.
>>> * The new blank transaction shows today's date rather than the last date used. 
>>> * Delete Split doesn't work on a new, unsaved transaction [1]. Attempting to empty the transfer account on a split crashed Gnucash [2].
>>> * Deleting the value in a split's deposit or withdrawal column fails: the value is restored when one tabs out. One must enter 0 which is removed when one tabs out. It's not necessarily a bug, but it's different from Register-1 and we need to be aware of it.
>>> * One must click on a field or press Enter when starting to edit a new transaction, otherwise a search box opens when one begins typing.
>>> * Completion of the rest of a transaction after autocompletion fails intermittently.
>>> All of these problems occur on both OSX with Gtk-2.24.20 and Fedora-18 with Gtk-2.24.16.
>> I've just installed 2.5.5 on FreeBSD 9-stable using Gtk 2.24.19. In
>> addition to John's comments:
>> * The default column widths are bad. The date column is too narrow to
>> show the whole date. All of the value columns (Increment, Decrement,
>> Balance) are too narrow to show the first digit. The Number column is
>> very wide.
>> * The left and right scroll bars are disastrous. Get rid of the right
>> one and put the left one on the right like any normal program.
>> * When entering a transaction is complete, the register sometimes
>> scrolls back to the top (of both scroll bars).
>> Sorry to be negative, but it's just not usable in the current state.
>> Graham
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> Are you sure that you have release 2.5.5?  In Windows release 2.5.5 is
> back to one scrollbar but the range is limited to a group around the
> last or currently selected transaction.  Thus to see transactions
> further away than in the current group one must first manually and
> repeatedly select a transaction near the end of the group to get closer
> to the desired range.  Eventually you might get there.  I have entered a
> bug for this.
Yep. Help-> About says 2.5.5 and "This copy was built from rev e28904b+
on 2013-09-12". The file I downloaded was gnucash-2.5.5.tar.bz2.


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