updating unit trust prices automatically

Glenn Walbran gwalbran@yahoo.co.nz
03 Aug 2001 09:24:56 +1200


More on updating unit trust prices, what i've tried so far.
After Linas' advise I shifted focus to hacking the Finance::Quote
modules. The T.Rowe.Price module looked like a good start so I did the
1) Saved the T.Rowe.Price csv file on a local web server and add my unit
trust prices to it.
2) Hacked the T.Rowe Price module to get csv file from my local web
server and changed the currency to NZD.

Sadly this didn't work. I think the module hacks are ok, it works with a
simply perl script I wrote to test it. Gnucash returns a nice message
saying "unable to retrieve quotes" I set up another stock account using
another stock source and that had the same error when updating making me
think that the problem was in gnucash not getting to the Finance::Quote
module. Any ideas how I can test this???



On 31 Jul 2001 15:38:51 -0500, Linas Vepstas wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 01, 2001 at 08:21:50AM +1200, Glenn Walbran was heard to remark:
> > Hello
> > 
> > I've recently started using gnucash and would like to use the gnu-prices
> > feature to update the prices of the unit trusts I have. The problem is
> > the unit trust prices are not listed on the stock tickers that are
> > supported.
> The thing to hack on is the Finance::Quote perl module.  Its designed to
> allow 'easy' addition of new sources of prices.  I think the url
> is financequote.sourceforge.net or something like that.  I have write
> access if you need to check in patches.
> (finance quote is used by both gnucash-1.4 and 1.6, but in different
> ways. Its more 'integrated' in 1.6)
> > I was planning on hacking the gnu-prices script to work for me but then
> > thought that others might want the same feature. I was thinking that a
> > "file" option could be added to the stock ticker options in gnucash.
> > This would tell the gnu-prices script to get price information from a
> > file. Then the user would have to create the file (or script to generate
> > the file) with the updated prices.
> Well, that sort of makes an end-run around the infrastructure. It would
> make more sense to (for example) store the price info in the file in the
> same format as say, for instance 'yahoo' (which is comma-delimited or
> somethig like that), and then use the yahoo backend to fetch not from
> www. yahoo.com, but instead fetch from /home/glenn/somefile.csv
> ----
> Separetely, there's a 'plan' to make the whole thing more modular, i.e. 
> to ask finance::quote what price sources it supports, and display those
> in the gnucash menus.
> --linas
> p.s. a better place to discuss development issues is on
> gnucash-devel@gnucash.org
> -- 
> I'm very PUBLIC-MINDED, I'm helping a NIGERIAN get his $25,000,000 back!

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