[GNC-dev] Transaction / Split Action List

John Ralls jralls at ceridwen.fremont.ca.us
Sat Jun 23 12:12:34 EDT 2018

> On Jun 23, 2018, at 4:58 AM, Robert Fewell <14ubobit at gmail.com> wrote:
> There have been some enquiries about customising this list so I thought I
> would propose a possible solution that I may work.
> At the moment the static lists are based on register type in
> split-register.c and it looks to me there are two possible options.
> 1, Dynamicaly add to these lists based on past entries, probably there
> would be an overhead do so.
> 2, Allow the lists to be customised in some sort of config file.
> I think 2, is the better option and in the source it mentions about using a
> config file so I was thinking along those lines to basicly do...
> Create a new user key file probably in .config/gnucash called
> user-config.gcm
> On gnucash load, test for the file and if not present create it with the
> default list content of split-register.c, I assume this would populate the
> file with the translated entries.
> A section name would then have list keys for the entries, something like...
> [Action List]
> cash_register=Increase;Decrease;Buy;Sell
> asset_register=Buy;Sell;Fee
> Change gnc_split_register_config_action to read the key file content to
> populate the appropriate list.
> A missing register key would get a list of one entry with "Empty".
> This would allow the users, once the file is created to add or remove
> entries as required.
> Any thoughts, wrong approach ?
> This would probably be a master project.


User-edited “ini” files are so 1980s. Anything like this should have a GUI interface.

I suspect at least some users would want to be able to set this per-account, but I think it more important to find out how many care at all and where it fits in most users’ list of priorities for improvements. It might even be that most users prefer the current pre-populated combo box that allows them to put anything they like in there, or that most don’t even use it.

John Ralls

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