GnuCash hangs on reading data

David T. sunfish62 at
Wed Sep 17 17:08:30 EDT 2008

Before you trash the file, try running 'gnucash --nofile' at the command line and then opening your file after gnucash starts. I have found that there are times when the splash screen in OS X hides a modal dialog that seeks your input. If you can get to gnucash proper, you might then see what it's barking about with your data.


--- On Wed, 9/17/08, Lee Hauser <online at> wrote:

> From: Lee Hauser <online at>
> Subject: GnuCash hangs on reading data
> To: "List, GNUCash-User" <gnucash-user at>
> Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2008, 11:16 AM
> I'm running GC 2.2.5 on Mac OS X Leopard and suddenly am
> unable to
> open my data file. There are no error message of any
> sort...GnuCash
> starts up, loads all its parts, then simply hangs when the
> splash
> screen reports "loading data."
> How can I tell GnuCash to create a fresh data file? I have
> very little
> information in GnuCash at the moment, since I'm just
> learning it and
> wouldn't mind starting from scratch. Even if I try to
> remove the
> existing data file from the data folder, GnuCash still
> halts.
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