Cleaning up old files

Andrew Sackville-West andrew at
Thu Dec 1 19:37:30 EST 2005

JUNIPER wrote:
> GnuCash 1.8.11 Red Hat 3
> I use "allfinance" as my basic working file and keep it in a GnuCash 
> directory (as well as occasionally to a flash card). .xac & .log files 
> keep accumulating. Shouldn't they be automatically deleted or replaced 
> after a certain amount of time? There are now 152 files there. Is the 
> only option for me to periodically manually delete all of the .xac and 
> .log files (hoping I don't accidently delete "allfinance" as well!  Is 
> it possible to not make those files at all? (back up with sufficient 
> frequency that I don't feel I need them)

I've noticed the same thing with 1.8.11. I had files back to about april 
or so and finally manually deleted them. IIRC gnc is supposed to 
automatically delete them after a certain point, but it doesn't seem to 
be working. You can change the number of days to keep log files in 
preferences->general, but as I siad, it doesn't seem to be working. You 
can safely delete the old .log and .xac files every once in a while, and 
if it really bothers you just put up a cron job to do it.

> Steve J
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