Strange problem with balances changing over time

Brian Dolbec brian_dolbec at
Fri Apr 22 11:25:58 EDT 2005

On Thu, 2005-21-04 at 19:03 -0400, Baron Schwartz wrote:
> Hello,
> I have searched around for this but I can't seem to find the magic phrase 
> that brings relevant results.  If you can point me to somewhere that 
> explains what's happening, I'm grateful.
> Some time ago I started to reconcile my Visa account and noticed that the 
> starting balance didn't match my statement.  I looked back at my previous 
> statements and the ending balance was the same as the starting balance of 
> the current statement, so it wasn't a bank error.  I noticed that, in 
> fact, all of the reconciled amounts were off, through all history, as far 
> as I could tell, by the same amount my current starting balance was off.
> I keep my GnuCash file in CVS so I checked out a previous revision and saw 
> the same thing.  I am absolutely certain that my reconciliation brought my 
> balance up to the same thing the bank said!
> I entered an adjustment transaction and thought no more of it.  But today 
> my savings account is off.  So I checked out the version from CVS that I 
> committed after reconciling it last time.  Last time there were no 
> outstanding transactions on my savings account, so the reconciled and 
> actual balances agreed, and yet when I view the *same file* now, it says 
> something different, to the tune of $24.93 less than the bank statement.
> My version is 1.8.9, and /usr/bin/gnucash is dated Nov 29 14:05.  I am 
> pretty sure that I haven't rebuilt GnuCash recently (I'm on Gentoo).  I am 
> not sure that something else, like glibc or something, hasn't changed 
> since Feb 26 when I last reconciled my savings account.  So I'm not sure 
> that it's a GnuCash bug.  But apart from a system library changing, it 
> seems that the only thing that's changed is the system clock.  I set my 
> clock back to Feb 25 and the balance is still off.
> Any ideas?
> Thanks in advance!
> Baron

I think running memtest would be prudent, you may have some flaky
memory.  I've run into problems similar to that, but not in gnucash.  In
fact the more I tried to fix things by re-emerging, the worse it got.  I
finally had to start over.
Brian Dolbec <brian_dolbec at>

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