Generic Transaction matcher; how to manually select the matching transaction

Jochen De Smet jdsmet at
Tue Nov 4 20:17:37 CST 2003

On Mon, 2003-11-03 at 23:48, Benoit Grégoire wrote:
> On Sunday 02 November 2003 13:18, Jochen De Smet wrote:
> > I just ran into a problem when importing the latest
> > information from my bank (QFX). On september 23rd, I
> > wrote a check that didn't get cashed till over a month
> > later (oct 26 i think). When i imported the file
> > containing that transaction, i checked the R column and
> > then clicked to find the matching transaction. The
> > problem is that the sept. 23 transaction was not in the
> > list.
> >
> > So here's my questions:
> >
> > 1- Is there any was to manually select the transaction
> > to match to, when the one you want is not in the offered list?
> The short answer is no.
> > 2- If not, what's the correct way to handle this? What I did
> > was just import the transaction as new and then remove my
> > original manually entered one.
> You can also uncheck it and it won't get imported.  However the advantage of 
> your method is that it won't show up again if you download it a second time.

The downside though is that I have to re-enter all the splits
I had in the manual transaction (or copy/paste ofcourse)

> > 3- Is there a way to influence the list of transactions the
> > generic importer chooses to show you? In 99.999% of all my
> > transactions the amount is correct but the date can be a few
> > days off due to effective/posting dates. So I'd like to be
> > able to tell GNUCash not to show me any transactions that don't
> > match the exact amount.
> You can set the commercial ATM fee threshold to 0 in the preferences, which 
> will improve the situation a little.  However I really need to add a 
> heuristic that will punish the score of the transaction a lot more if the 
> amount is way off.  What constitutes way off is an open question...

Ok did that now. While in there I also found the "Check off cleared
transactions" option in the reconcile section which explained the
reconcile behaviour I complained about a while ago.

> You can also play with the other two threshold which will tell gnucash what 
> kind of score a transaction must have to trigger the default actions.  (Note 
> that the score is the number of color bars displayed for a transaction, all 
> colors included)

Could you give a little more detail about how the score is calculated ?

And if I understand the tresholds correctly, i should set the auto-ADD
treshold to 0 if I want to make sure there's no red transactions, and to
the same value as auto-CLEAR if i want all transactions to be either red
or cleared?

Related to this, if you choose not to import a transaction, and later on
you load the same QFX file again, will it prompt for that transaction
again? Similarly, if I do import a certain transaction and then remove
it manually, will I be able to import it again by importing the same QFX
file ?

Thanks for all the help.

Jochen De Smet <jdsmet at>

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