Python bindings: Account.getName() raises TypeError

Mike Evans mikee at
Mon Mar 17 06:21:16 EDT 2014

On Sun, 16 Mar 2014 13:41:42 -0700
David Osguthorpe <david.osguthorpe at> wrote:

> On Sun, Mar 16, 2014 at 08:54:10PM +0100, Felix Schwarz wrote:
> > 
> > Am 16.03.2014 20:38, schrieb John Ralls:
> > > The signature of xaccAccountGetName is const char* xaccAccountGetName (const Account *); the const was added in 2005. A "const Account *" is not the same as an "Account const *": The former means that the contents of the pointer won't change, the latter means that the pointer itself won't change (see
> > > 
> > > Somewhere in the SWIG-generated Python-to-C translation code the argument type is wrong, but it's not directly in the stack trace from Python. It's more likely due to a change in SWIG than to a change in GnuCash.
> > 
> > Thank you very much for the insights - seems really easy to miss. I'll take a
> > look at the SWIG files and the generated code then.
> > 
> > But that means it would be interesting if gnucash's example script
> > " " works for anyone, right? If we had a
> > success report this might provide some insight about the relevant swig changes.
> > 
> not all the example scripts work - but this one does for me
> (the business ones have issues)
> also you need slightly different arguments now because of the xml/sqlite possibility
> David works for me too on Fedora18 and SWIG Version 2.0.8.

Mike E

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