sorting account Register on Transfer/account column

Andrew Sackville-West andrew at
Mon Mar 13 12:31:09 EST 2006

On Mon, 13 Mar 2006 11:01:48 -0500
TyrusMaynard <mayn at> wrote:

>     I would like to be able to both review AND EDIT across all accounts
> BUT sorted by those same accounts.  Let me also point out that it is not 
> uncommon for an Expense transaction to be reassigned to another "type" of 
> account such as "Asset", so why not be able to view the entire range of accounts 
> on a pooled Register.
> Is there a way to get to such a pooled Register that is interactive?

you refered in your other thread to the "Transaction" report. There is a sort key for "Other Account" that does what you want. It sorts by the transfer account. It does not in 1.8.x offer direct links to the individual transactions (this is implemented in 1.9.x and will be part of 2.0) but it DOES offer links to the "Transfer" account which gets you closer to the transaction itself. 

I just ran one by setting the "Secondary" sort key to "Other Account" and it seems to work fine. Not exactly what you wanted, but close.



>      I have tried to obtain such behavior by using the "Register" of a big 
> clearinghouse account such as Checking (which tends to have a dominant double 
> entry participation in most transactions with other accounts).
>    Below I have copied my description of that problem from  another thread  and 
> Beth's reasoning for the problem. Although my description refers to "printing" 
> please consider the  problem for its fundamental behavior in an interactive 
> "Register" (an editing interface)
>     This seems to me to be a shortcoming by design. Do other's have an 
> explanation for this design?   or a work around?
> Ty
>  >Problem 2
>  >>   As another method I would like to simply print transactions for given
>  >>   account as they appear on the account register . I  would like to print one
>  >> checking account  for an entire year with the transactions sorted by the
>  >> "Transfer" column  (which consists mainly of various Expense account
>  >> categories).
>   Beth surmised the following:
> I'm not as sure about problem number 2.  It likely doesn't let you
> sort on transfer accounts because if you have a split transaction
> the transfer account is undefined.  If you want transaction reports
> for each of those transfer accounts, you'll use the transaction
> report after working around that bug (as you already guessed)
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