GnuCash command line and mobile/pda client

Marcus Wolschon Marcus at
Thu Nov 13 02:26:23 EST 2008

Hello Oliver,

how well are you at programming? I could help you write
such a thing. For online-banking- and paypal-transactions,
pdf-invoices in emails and account-statements from
websites I did write some scripts for my own automation-
tool. So the part that has to be done manually has shrunk
quite considerably.
However for the money in my pocket I still have the same
problem. Much to book and little time nor encouragement
to actually do it.

How do you think a quick-input dialog could look like?
In the past I played around with a template-mechanism
where you select "car->fuel 50%private use",  "food" or
"paper-slip typeXYZ->scan barcode" and half of it would
be filled out automatically but that did not quite work for
all the small expenses I'd like to track too.


2008/11/12 Oliver Kiddle <okiddle at>:
> Catching up on entering transactions once I get a bit behind can be a
> real pain so I was trying to think of ways to speed this up.
> I'd like to be able to enter transactions direct from the command-line.
> I see that the FAQ mentions this. The --evaluate option doesn't seem to
> exist anymore or at least it isn't working for me. However, I can see
> that the suggestion of creating a file to import may make more sense.
> Does anyone already have any scripts to do this? Also, in order to make
> this a fast process, I would want to setup zsh to complete the account
> names for such a script. Is there any way to get a list of accounts
> quickly from the command-line. Also, can Gnucash be made to import
> transactions from a file automatically when started?
> What is the status of cashutil? It looks like it's been abandoned,
> doesn't appear to be packaged for Debian and in any case, it seems quite
> a low-level interface.
> Does anyone have any solution for entering transactions via a mobile
> device for later import. I've got a Nokia 770 tablet and mobile phone
> that can run Java midlets so either would do. This could make it much
> easier to track expenses when I'm on holiday.
> I also think the Gnucash GUI interface could make entering transactions
> a quicker process. Currently, at least one of the from/to accounts must
> be selected from within the "Transfer Funds" dialog. All too often, I
> have to resize the dialog and click on the "Show Income/Expense"
> checkbox. It'd be easier if you could select multiple accounts in the
> main window either by having a split view with accounts left and right
> or by ctrl-clicking several accounts.
> Thanks
> Oliver
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