Unbalanced balance sheet

Derek Atkins warlord at MIT.EDU
Fri Feb 4 09:09:25 EST 2005

Mark Eackloff <meackloff at cox.net> writes:

> Gnucash 1.8 seemed to have unbalanced my balance sheet today by adding a 
> gain from the sale of stock to the remaining unsold shares.  This 
> occurred when I used the recording method indicated in the tutorial 
> under "Selling Stock."  Just to see what would happen, I reversed the 
> lines that recorded the gain.  In other words. I put the $122 gain in 
> the sell column, and the $122 increase in the stock's value in the buy 
> column.  I then reloaded the Balance Sheet report but nothing changed. 
> Truly bewildered, I recovered by deleting the entry, then recording the 
> sale as though I got what I paid for it (same price per share).  Then I 
> made another entry to adjust the money received and record the gain.  My 
> Balance sheet now balances, but the entry in the stock register still 
> erroneously shows that I sold the stock for what I paid.  Is this a 
> known bug?  I couldn't find it in bugzilla.

It may be a known bug in 1.8, but I don't care.  CVS HEAD has a
completely reworked balance sheet (and a bunch of other reports).
HEAD also deals differently with stock sales.  I don't want to put
lots of effort into trying to "fix" the 1.8 reports when that effort
will only be useful until the next major release.


       Derek Atkins, SB '93 MIT EE, SM '95 MIT Media Laboratory
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