Guide Investment selling examples

John Ralls jralls at
Fri Jul 29 22:28:59 EDT 2016

> On Jul 29, 2016, at 7:13 PM, Chris Good <chris.good at> wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: John Ralls [mailto:jralls at]
>> Sent: Saturday, 30 July 2016 9:25 AM
>> To: Chris Good <chris.good at>
>> Cc: gnucash-devel at
>> Subject: Re: Guide Investment selling examples
>>> On Jul 28, 2016, at 7:38 PM, Chris Good <chris.good at>
>> wrote:
>>> Why do the images in the Guide seem to duplicate the sale transactions.
>> I.e.
>>> in the attached, there seems to be 2 transactions for 03/21/2006 but
>>> the no of shares balance indicates there is only 1?
>>> Is this something an old version used to do?  If so, this must be very
>>> confusing to new users. Should I redo these screen shots?
>> No, the screen shot is correct. It can indeed be a bit confusing.
>> There are two transaction entries because the transaction has two splits,
> one
>> for "Gross Sale" and the other for "Profit" (i.e. capital gain). It's done
> this way
>> to tie together the two parts of the transaction; it doesn't have to be
> and if
>> you use the Scrub Lots function it isn't; that makes two transactions and
> uses
>> the lot slots to tie them together.
>> Read carefully Chapter 8 a couple of times and it should start to make
> sense.
>> Regards,
>> John Ralls
> Hi John,
> Ah! As you say, it's because there are 2 splits to the stock account in the
> same transaction, and the register is in Auto-Split view.  Basic view does
> similar.
> I'd forgotten it does this because I just about always use Transaction
> Journal view.
> The Help manual says: Basic Ledger: The default one line per transaction
> style.
> This is confusing UI and I think I should document it.
> I think the screen shots should also be in Transaction Journal view or
> should mention why there appears to be duplicate transactions.
> Is anyone still working on the new register?
> I'm currently working on documenting using Lots with investments.

Basic view also shows one line for each split in the account, it just doesn't show the splits. If you're going to fix up the docs it's probably worthwhile to fake up a transaction and make a screenshot.

John Ralls

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