[GNC-dev] Fwd: [GNC] Failed - import of QIF files from Quicken

Geert Janssens geert.gnucash at kobaltwit.be
Tue Feb 18 02:48:14 EST 2020

Hi Tom,

We don't need your complete financial history, just the bit that causes the import to fail. Or even 
'a' bit that fails.

So if you can create a small Qif file that illustrates the failure that would help already. Perhaps 
you're able to generate that by a process of elimination ? For example you could start by 
exporting each category in Quicken to a separate qif file and then test which one fail(s) to 
import. For each one, that fails, redo the export, this time exporting half of the transactions to 
one file and the other half to another. Continue to reduce the number of exported transactions 
until you're either down to only one failing transaction or there are no more errors.

In case of one failing transaction, you can then tweak the qif file to anonymize it (and retest if 
the anonymized file continues to error out on import) and share it with us.



> ---------- Forwarded message ---------
> From: Tom Hatzigeorgiou <tomhatz at hotmail.com>
> Date: Tue, 18 Feb 2020, 1:20 pm
> Subject: Re: [GNC] Failed - import of QIF files from Quicken
> To: Christopher Lam <christopher.lck at gmail.com>
> I understand that you want to recreate the problem so that you can fix it
> but this is my whole financial history and I wouldn't know where to start
> to anonymize it
> so I wouldn't be comfortable giving it away
> You should know that I am a programmer so I think I could follow
> instructions and could debug the importer for you to find out where it
> breaks at least with my data
> I would be wiling to do that because I like GNUCASH, I hate what Quicken is
> doing to long time users (like me), and I would keep control of my data.
> ------------------------------
> *From:* Christopher Lam <christopher.lck at gmail.com>
> *Sent:* Monday, February 17, 2020 5:55 PM
> *To:* Tom Hatzigeorgiou <tomhatz at hotmail.com>
> *Cc:* gnucash-user at gnucash.org <gnucash-user at gnucash.org>
> *Subject:* Re: [GNC] Failed - import of QIF files from Quicken
> Hello
> If you'll be kind to offer the QIF file in bugzilla or privately -- feel
> free to amend it manually first to anonymize details, it will be useful to
> debug.
> C
> On Mon, 17 Feb 2020 at 15:09, Tom Hatzigeorgiou <tomhatz at hotmail.com> wrote:
> I have seen  few emails on this subject.
> Please see if the below statements would help you.
> I've been having a problem with importing my data from Quicken and into
> GNUCASH for Windows using a QIF file created by Quicken. I’ve over 30 years
> of data with thousands of transactions spanning multiple accounts and
> categories.
> I have found that there is an issue with the importer starting with version
> 3.2 (I think).
> As mentioned  by others, the importer would fail without giving an error.
> I have solved the issue by installing GNUCASH 3.1 importing my data and
> then installing the latest version (currently 3.8). Of course this assumes
> that you will be able to find the 3.1 install file. I hope you can find it
> in one of the archives.
> I don’t see any problem with my data after I open the file (in GNU 3.8)
> created by the GNUCASH 3.1.
> I was wondering if the developers could replace the importer (of the latest
> version) with the version that existed in the 3.1 version (until the import
> issue is fixed). I believe it would solved a lot of problems for a lot of
> people.
> I have another issue getting security prices and bank transaction. I have
> read a lot of solutions but none has help me. When I find a simple solution
> to this problem I will post here.
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