GnuCash hangs on reading data

Lee Hauser online at
Wed Sep 17 18:48:27 EDT 2008

Thanks to you both...the "nofile" option was what I was looking for, I'm sure.

On Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 2:31 PM, Elizabeth Dodd <edodd at> wrote:
> On Thu, 18 Sep 2008, Lee Hauser wrote:
>> 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.
> there are known causes of this behaviour, best recalled being "saving a custom
> report without a custom name"
> in linux you run
> gnucash --nofile
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