[GNC-dev] Request of keeping a 2.6 branch still alive (Re: branch-2.6)

Christian Stimming christian at cstimming.de
Sun Jun 10 16:41:48 EDT 2018

Am Samstag, 2. Juni 2018, 17:28:27 schrieb John Ralls:
> > there is already a private fork, just as everyone else
> > around here is free to privately fork anything that he/she wants.
> > https://github.com/cstim/gnucash/tree/branch-2.6
> BTW, there's already a 2.6.21 because the MySQL backend was broken on
> 2.6.20. It was released April 10.

Dear John,

yes I confused the numbers here. There was a 2.6.21 in April. I would happily 
switch to the 3.0 branch (git-maint) on my system, as soon as I see for myself 
that it is up and running on my (still old) ubuntu 14.04 system.

However, after I eventually was able to build and run the newer branch [1], it 
turns out to crash in the register on every normal usage. Of course I've filed 
a bug on that one [2] (with gtk-3.10.8 that is), and I will continue looking 
into resolving this problem myself, too. However, until we are able to resolve 
this problem, my guess is that on ubuntu 14.04, there is no 3.0.x version that 
is usable. Can someone report otherwise? If yes, I would happily discuss in 
detail the steps that I'm missing.

Until then, I would again propose to keep a 2.6 branch alive for a few more 
months, so that a potential 2.6.22 release with minor bugfixes might be 
released as well for systems on the age of ubuntu 14.04.

Best Regards,


[1] For several days, I was stuck at the error at start-up "Undefined 
variable: gnc-build-userdata-path" that got reported also by e.g. Herbert 
Thoma here. For future reference: The solution was to remove any instance of 
an old (2.6) gnucash from the library path both at build time and at run time.

[2] https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=796556

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