Doug Laidlaw laidlaws at
Thu Nov 27 10:27:10 EST 2008

I think that it is an encrypted partition.  It is protection against snooping 
hackers.  But if you didn't know what it was, why did you create one?  Was it 
a default setting for your distro?

But the answer you were given is correct.  The .xac file is basically the main 
file as it was before the session in question. If the file gets garbled, you 
can go back to the most recent .xac file annd rename it.  You lose only a 
session's work.  That is not the same thing as a backup of your current file.

Backups need to be aaway from your computer if they are important.  Not much 
good the computer being stolen with your backup still inside it - or more 
commonly, a disk crash that takes out your backup as well.  I have gone only 
half a step better.  I use automatic backups to a USB drive.  Anybody 
stealing the computer would probably take it as well.  But it is safer as 
regards a system crash.

On Fri, 28 Nov 2008 2:04:54 am Harold wrote:
> quote>Harold wrote:
> > If you decide to manually back up your data file to another disk, you
> > only need to back up the main data file - not the .xac files."
> My backup solution is a simple one. I created a 16MB truecrypt container
> and have GnuCash use it as my working directory. When truecrypt is
> closed, my working directory looks like one big file ('cuz it is). I
> have a flash drive (which also has a copy of truecrypt) which
> automatically copies the file from my home directory when I plug it
> in.<endquote
> Just curious, what the heck is a truecrypt container?
> Harold
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