Help Files Problem

colbec colbec at
Sun Sep 21 13:38:53 EDT 2008

Hi John, I get exactly the same thing. My workaround is to convert the docs
to html and view in my browser. You can get this with xmlto. Look in file
system for the file gnucash-guide.xml, it will probably be in
/usr/share/gnome/help/gnucash/C. Then from that directory do 

xmlto -o /path-to-where-you-want-to-store-docs/ html gnucash-guide.xml

which will make an html copy of the docs.

Copy over the 'figures' directory with contents to your html directory above
and set a bookmark in browser to the index.html so that you get get the docs
any time you need them. The context sensitive facility is lost but for
general reading it works for me.

John Rullman wrote:
> I get the following message:
> "GnuCash could not find the files for the help documentation.  This is
> likely because the 'gnucash-docs' package is not installed."
> when I click either "Tutorial and Concepts Guide" or "Contents" in the
> GnuCash "Help" menu.  I have checked my installed packages, and find the
> "gnucash-docs" package is installed, including a total of 258 files.  The
> docs files are installed below various directories, including the
> "/usr/share/doc/packages/" and "/usr/share/gnome/help/" directories.
> The same error message occurs when the "Help" button is pressed in a
> dialogue window.
> I am running GnuCash ver. 2.2.4 with the following information from the
> "About" pane:  "This copy was built from r16997M on 2008-06-07."  OS is a
> very recent installation of openSuse 11.0.
> Please provide any assistance you can to correct this problem.  I am
> looking forward to learning and using GnuCash.
> Thank you in advance for your help,
> John Rullman
> Houston, Texas, USA
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