add comments to clarify that taxtxf.scm is US-specific

D. Hugh Redelmeier hugh at
Thu Jan 26 20:33:52 EST 2017

| From: John Ralls <jralls at>
| To: D. Hugh Redelmeier <hugh at>
| Cc: gnucash-devel at
| Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2017 15:34:22 -0800
| Subject: Re: add comments to clarify that taxtxf.scm is US-specific
| > On Jan 26, 2017, at 3:13 PM, D. Hugh Redelmeier <hugh at> wrote:
| > 
| > src/report/locale-specific/us/taxtxf.scm is specific to US tax codes.
| > Add comments to make this clear.
| Dear Dr. Redelmeier,

I didn't say Dr. Redelmeier; D. is my first initial.  But Dr. is not incorrect.

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The first thing I read was the mailman documentation that suggested that 
patches be submitted to the gnucash-patches mailing list.  That's not 
true.  Why should I trust other documentation? :-)

Perhaps it is better to discus this on the list rather than create a bug 
report.  Obviously a more experienced developer doesn't agree with me 
about the utility of this patch.

| In this particular case, though, your patch adds nothing. It's a comment 
| in code; such comments are intended solely for developers, and since the 
| path to the file includes directories "locale-specific" and "us" it 
| seems pretty blindingly obvious that it's for US taxes.

I run GNUCash on Fedora Linux.  I use the GNUCash package supplied by 
Fedora.  This file appears in

This path does not mention locale.

Is this a packaging mistake in Fedora?  Or was this forced on Fedora since 
locale is properly a run-time attribute, not a compile-time or 
install-time attribute?

This file is available to Fedora users.  Not just developers.

I'm submitting this patch because I (a newbie) stumbled on it without 
discovering that it was only for US folks.  The patch would have helped 

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