Sorry to say Good-bye to GnuCash

Wouter van Marle wouter at
Fri Nov 20 10:14:37 EST 2009

On 20 Nov 09, at 21:31, BPG wrote:

> I'm using version 2.2.9 and XP
> I'd really LOVE to stay with GnuCash.....if it didn't corrupt data 
> files
> often.

In seven years of use (various versions, starting at 1.8.something) I 
have never had a corrupt data file. Lots of crashes I had - though that 
seems to be OK nowadays - but no data loss other  than unsaved entries. 
I still have the habit of saving very often.

Issues are buggy invoice support, no way to post a negative invoice (or 
otherwise arrange refunds - a major pita as in my business that happens 
quite often), and always trouble with the multi-currency options. 
Especially as I often write invoices in one currency and get paid in 
that AND another currency or simply completely in another currency 
(e.g. EUR invoice and get paid first part in USD and later in HKD or 
so). But that I don't think any accountancy software can handle well :)

I won't say bye-bye to GnuCash any time soon.


> Gnu is really fun to use.
> Quicken is FAST.....really fast and I can download 8 online accounts 
> with no
> problem at all.
> Colin, I love your enthusiasm and encourages me to still "play with"
> Gnucash.  If you have any suggestions for my sorry case I'd love to 
> hear
> them.
> Remember- ALL of my accounts from Quicken came over in QIF files with 
> little
> trouble.
> On Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 3:23 AM, Colin Scott 
> <gnucash at>wrote:
>> I've moved my Rotary Club's accounts to GnuCash under Windows, and 
>> have
>> been using it for about a year now.
>> Apart from some difficulties with reporting - but these are design
>> matters, not bugs! - I have had no significant problems so far.  OK, I
>> don't use online banking (which seems to be the aspect that causes 
>> most
>> grief, and which AIUI Quicken no longer keeps up with), and I would 
>> argue
>> with a number of the product's design decisions.  However, it does 
>> what
>> it's meant to do. and has not (touch wood!) lost my data nor 
>> calculated
>> anything incorrectly.  It may not be as superficially "friendly" as
>> Quicken, but IMHO it is generally pretty easy to understand and use.
>> From the problems described I would guess that you are using a version
>> 1.3.x, which is known to be unstable.  For processing live 
>> information,
>> you should really stick to 1.2.9 until the next stable release of
>> gnucash.
>> Colin
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