The Gnucash database?

blfs at blfs at
Mon Jul 19 13:58:47 EDT 2004

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> "blfs" writes: 
> > 
> > I glanced through the OFX stuff on the net. 
> > 
> > There must be code out there somewhere that converts 
> > text to OFX. I dont know anything about QIF or 
> > OFX but they seem like very different applications. 
> > 
> > OFX is for secure transactions over the net and I would 
> > think it would be rather limited. QIF is an out of the box 
> > financial program I understand with limited security. 
> > 
> > It would seem to me that the most natural way to write 
> > Gnucash would be to write it for a flat text file in the Unix 
> > tradition. If it is not trivial to translate a flat text file to 
> > the format required for Gnucash that is a rather serious 
> > design flaw. I can certainly load a flat text file into any 
> > database I know of with relative ease. 
> > 
> > I must be missing something here. 
> You are. Gnucash IS NOT A DATABASE!!!! 
> Go read the archives. 
> -derek 
> -- 
> Derek Atkins, SB '93 MIT EE, SM '95 MIT Media Laboratory 
> Member, MIT Student Information Processing Board (SIPB) 
> warlord at MIT.EDU PGP key available 
If you cant query the data easily loaded into the Gnucash program
without using the Gnucash interface that is a problem.  I have installed the
program and read a little about it, but I am really stuck on this point that
it cannot import a plain flat text file.  I dont understand this.  

Further, if Gnucash is a financial program it is a database no matter how
you want to define database this type of program has to be one.  It
is impossible to have a financial program that is not a database.
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