[GNC-dev] [GNC] QIF file import failed -- but no errors or warnings

James Peterson lyle at austin.rr.com
Thu Feb 20 12:46:27 EST 2020

I appreciate your responses to my postings -- you really helped
me find why gnucash did not like my particular QIF file.

But once I got past that, it's clear that gnucash is badly
mangling the meaning of the transactions I have.  I end up
with an overall balance of -2 million.  And my investment accounts
(like my IRA) with multiple mutual funds are particularly
mangled.  Plus treating categories as accounts makes it hard
to concentrate on just the account balances. And it seems that
when I write a check from my checking account to Discover
to cover my balance, it ends up being creditted twice, so 
instead of a zero balance, I end up knowing that I paid $518K
over the past 27 years.  While I want to be able to find that
out (maybe), it's not something I need to know all the time.
(I realize this is a problem of some kind with double entry
bookkeeping, but that means everything like this is probably

So gnucash does not look like a suitable replacement for 
my use of Quicken.  KMyMoney seems to be closer to being
correct, so I'm going to see if I can fix the problems I'm
running into with that, and see if that works better.


On Thu, 2020-02-20 at 11:47 +0800, Christopher Lam wrote:
> Qif importer does have special handling for empty categories. Changing this
> is likely to break things elsewhere though.
> It would be useful to attach the minimal qif file from selective qif export
> from quicken, and insert screenshots from quicken too. Maybe best file bug
> in Bugzilla.

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