[GNC-dev] Normalizing live data, a suggestion for discussion

Geert Janssens geert.gnucash at kobaltwit.be
Sat Feb 2 11:11:48 EST 2019

Op zaterdag 2 februari 2019 16:40:34 CET schreef David Carlson:
> Wouldn't it be simpler to create a library of template files designed to
> exercise various features that a user could find one to illustrate his
> concern?
> Thiswould bypass the need to figure out how to sanitize every possible user
> file.
> If the user wants, he could still build his own example file as some users
> do now.

Both approaches have benefits and drawbacks.

The number of possible ways something can go wrong in gnucash is near 
infinite. Sometimes the problems only appear purely due to the amount of data, 
sometimes it comes from migration issues (migration from older gnucash 
versions,...). It would be equally hard to come with a set of template files 
that would cover all of those.
>From that point of view the idea to be able to look at the user's own data 
file is attractive as that is known to illustrate the problem.

But I don't know how feasible it is to effectively obfuscate that data withoug 
resorting to a complex script that may introduce its own set of bugs or 
inadvertently also obfuscate the actual issue. The latter is quickly tested, 
the former is a time waster.


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