[GNC-dev] Transaction / Split Action List

Paul Dest paul.dest at web.de
Sun Jun 24 00:30:00 EDT 2018

My 2 cents from from the user perspective:
Being able to put user-defined strings into a record field is of very
limited value if you are not able to search/find/analyze this data.

That's why, as I recently had built a GnuCash with my own split action
list for myself, I additionally extended the transaction report to
filter for specific split action values.

(Still on my to-do-list: extending wiki with the description how to
create lists of user defined strings, bind them to arbitrary key strokes
or to a GUI menu in order to insert them into arbitrary input fields in
arbitrary applications, e.g. in the split action field of GnuCash.)

Best regards,

On 23.06.2018 18:12, John Ralls wrote:
>> 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.
> Bob,
> 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.
> Regards,
> John Ralls
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