Strange behavior importing QFX files...

Trey Blancher trey at
Wed Sep 24 19:18:42 EDT 2008

Well, the thing with my transactions is that they are nearly
identical;  the only thing that differs is the date, and the FITID.
Since these are recurring transactions, I need it to import what the
matcher seems to interpret as a duplicate.  When I view the import
window, these transactions don't show up, if I remember correctly.  I
would think the importer should only skip transactions where the FITID
is the same (in the case where two imported QFX files have overlapping

On Wed, Sep 24, 2008 at 10:15, David Reiser <dbreiser at> wrote:
> On Sep 24, 2008, at 1:20 AM, Trey Blancher wrote:
>> I'm using GnuCash 2.2.4, and the initial QFX import into a brand new
>> GnuCash file works.  Everything in my checking account reconciles
>> nicely.  The following month, when I go to import this months QFX file
>> from my bank, GnuCash "misses", for lack of a better term, some key
>> transactions.  I've examined the raw QFX files, and the transactions
>> are indeed present, but GnuCash simply does not add them to the
>> register.  The missed transactions invariably are one of two classes
>> of transaction:  they're a repeating transaction with the same dollar
>> amount each month (e.g. my rent, and my student loan are the same
>> value each month), or they're one of my several small (i.e.
>> $1-$5/transaction) transfers into my savings account (my bank has a
>> program where every purchase I make with my check card causes $1 to be
>> transferred to a high-interest savings account).
>> I've had this problem for several months if not more than a year
>> (actually, ever since I started importing from my bank sometime last
>> year).  I don't know how many versions of GnuCash I've tried, but it
>> has happened with every one.  I've examined the transaction IDs
>> (<FITID>) for the previous and current months for the missed
>> transactions, and as far as I can tell they're different.  Doing a
>> spot check on my monthly rent, and they only differ by one digit, but
>> they are different (2008070101 for one, and 2008080101 for the
>> second), so I don't see why GnuCash should skip them.  I'm willing to
>> supply my QFX files demonstrating the behavior, if someone can point
>> me to a good QFX file format reference so I can properly sanitize
>> them.  I think I also tried OFX files, and got the same behavior.
>> Any help would be appreciated.
>> Thanks!
>> -- Trey Blancher
> The matcher has problems with competing matches, especially (only?) with
> cases where some transactions already exist in the register and others are
> only in the import list.
> If you have a transaction in your register
> 9/15/2008 Joe's Bar and Grill $37.95
> and the ofx file has both
> 9/16/2008 JOES D34567 $37.95
> 9/17/2008 KMart #4567 $37.50
> the initial matcher window will show that both the import stream
> transactions have a potential match. Possibly one or both of them will be
> highlighted in red because the system doesn't see a close enough match
> because the description doesn't match in either case, and if the date moves
> a day because of a credit card posting delay, then the date won't match
> exactly either. The amounts match within the ATM fee threshold in both
> cases. And the dates do match within the hard coded 'float' window (2 weeks,
> I think), so they'll get partial credit for that.
> If you check the R column for both (a good thing to do if both transactions
> are already in the register, despite a marginal match score), then when the
> actual import occurs, only one of the transactions will end up in your file
> because the first ofx transaction matches the register transaction (even if
> it is the wrong amount transaction. Furthermore, the importer keeps your
> entered data instead of 'correcting' it with the import values.) When the
> second match gets parsed, there's no matching transaction left, so the
> import throws it away. (I suppose it could be serially matching 2 ofx
> transactions to one register transaction, since the only visible effect is
> the same -- the transaction is marked "c". I'd have to look at the raw data
> file to see which OFX transaction ID ends up associated with the register
> transaction.)
> Something that just occurred to me today is to try this after setting the
> ATM threshold in preferences to 0.00. That might force the ofx transaction
> that's missing in the register to appear as A instead of R in the initial
> match window. That at least would improve some of the imports.
> I'm not at all sure that this description covers all of my import problems,
> but it is one that I can reproduce reliably.
> Dave
> --
> David Reiser
> dbreiser at

Trey Blancher
404 Warner St
Huntsville, AL 35805

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