GnuCash on Windows XP

Tommy Trussell tommy.trussell at
Tue Sep 30 07:58:59 EDT 2008

On Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 1:08 AM, Richard Ling
<richard at> wrote:
> Charles Day wrote:
>> On Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 2:46 PM, Richard Ling
>> <richard at <mailto:richard at>>
>> wrote:
>>     The specific problems are:
>>     - Gnucash takes around 20-30 seconds to start up - can some modules
>>     I don't
>>     need be disabled?
>>     - Scrolling a short list of transactions is jerky with lots of
>>     tearing of
>>     the display
>>     - The display is often not refreshed properly during/after scrolling
>>     leaving large blank areas in the transaction list
>>     - How to export all data in a textual form (eg. XML)?
>  > Make sure you evaluate version 2.2.7 instead, as several important bugs
>  > have been fixed for Windows users.
> Thanks Charles, I will...
>  > As for the redraw/scrolling issues, I
>  > am no authority on this but I believe these are issues within libraries
>  > that GnuCash depends on. In other words, the bug may not be in GnuCash
>  > itself but in code that we depend on. So we may not be able to do much
>  > about it at present.
> Does anyone know if the libraries concerned are bundled with the GnuCash
> installer or are part of XP itself?
> Asking because if it is the GnuCash installer, the problem might be with
> the more recent versions of these libraries, and an older version might
> work... and also, an older version may be more lightweight which would suit
> my needs.
> Thanks in advance,
> richard

I can't comment on the Windows version (as I have never run it) but on
my 550mhz Pentium system running Ubuntu 8.04, a single instance of
GnuCash takes about a minute to start up, plus the time to load the
data file. Also, when I open multiple GnuCash data files at the same
time, each one takes as much or more time to launch, so I presume each
instance is not "sharing" any resources in memory.

I believe some of the older versions of GnuCash launched faster, but I
think anyone here would advise against running any of the 1.x versions
or even older 2.x versions as significant bugs have been squashed.

On the same Ubuntu system, OpenOffice, GIMP, and other apps launch
much faster than GnuCash, so I presume there might be some
optimization possible, but I'm sure stable functionality is higher up
on the active developers' lists.

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