Report wrapper to call python scripts?

Christoph Holtermann c.holtermann at
Sat Jan 3 11:35:43 EST 2015

Am 03.01.2015 um 16:37 schrieb John Ralls:
>> On Jan 3, 2015, at 2:44 AM, Christoph Holtermann <c.holtermann at> wrote:
>> Hello,
>> Having read this thread I wondered if there could be some sort
>> of interface to export data from gnucash so that any kind of
>> external report generator could work on it.
>> Exporting the selected data to i.e. an xml file.
>> The external program would then handle the data it's way and could
>> be distributed separately.
>> To ease such process something like a plugin-system for gnucash
>> could be introduced.
>> Having the option to insert a button to start this program or
>> preferences dialog in the gui.
> The simplest "export" is to use the SQL backend. There are a variety of report generators available for SQL databases. Since the next release of GnuCash will be SQL-centric (replacing QOF for queries and providing record-level locking for simultaneous multi-user access), I think this is the way to go.
I don't really understand this yet. Is the idea to give other applications access to the main SQL database itself ?
> GnuCash already has a plugin system, though it's a bit cumbersome. You can find some examples in src/experimental.
nice. I'll have a look at it.
> Regards,
> John RAlls


Christroph Holterman

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