starting balance

Derek Atkins warlord at MIT.EDU
Tue Oct 24 18:10:08 EDT 2006


"Bob W. Anderson" <bobdove at> writes:

> I've been using GnuCash for about three years, now under SuSE 10.1.
> Last week, I couldn't reconcile because the Starting Balance did not 
> correspond to the bank statement.   I read that the starting balance is 
> not editable.   I don't know what caused the discrepancy nor how to 
> remedy it.    Is GnuCash infallible and thus the bank at fault?   How 
> to proceed?

Well, when did reconcile stop working?  Was it correct last month?
Perhaps you accidentally un-reconciled a transaction?  Worst case
you can start the process, ignore the starting balance, set the
correct ending balance, and see what transactions get brought up.

> Can anyone help me decipher the numerical names assigned by GnuCash to 
> saved files?    It looks like the first four numbers ought to be the 
> year, but mine are almost all 2005!   Could my computer be saving the 
> files elsewhere than my Home directory?    I'm trying to find the saved 
> files of a month ago, so I can start with a known starting balance and 
> rebuild from there.
> All feedback and suggestions gratefully appreciated.
> Bob in Newport

The numerics are a date+timestamp.  The log files are named:
<Filename>.YYYYMMDDHHMMSS.log and the backup files are named
<Filename>.YYYYMMDDHHMMSS.xac.  Gnucash saves these files in the same
directory as your data file.


       Derek Atkins, SB '93 MIT EE, SM '95 MIT Media Laboratory
       Member, MIT Student Information Processing Board  (SIPB)
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