Sorry to say Good-bye to GnuCash

Birger Baksaas birger at
Fri Nov 20 15:38:11 EST 2009

I have used GnuCash both on XP and Ubuntu for a year now. Do the
accounting for two small companies. Copy the GnuCash-files back and
forth between the machines. Ubuntu at home, XP when traveling. Never had
problems with the data files. Just a very few crashes. I am running the
stable versions with XML, though. (Just 512Mb RAM on XP. It runs ok
there, also).

Of course we cannot expect the same from a free, open source project as
from a paid-for and supported product. But, GnuCash is fun to use.

Birger Baksaas

On fr., 2009-11-20 at 13:58 -0600, Tommy Trussell wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 10:41 AM, Mike or Penny Novack
> <stepbystepfarm at> wrote:
> >>
> >> I'm using GnuCash since years. Never had a corrupt data file. I don't
> >> know, what happend to you, but the general statement 'GnuCash corrupts
> >> data files often.' is definitely incorrect, otherwise this issue would
> >> arise frequently on this list.
> >
> > I'll second that.
> >
> > But there is an important issue here. Apparently there is SOMETHING a few
> > people do that results in corrupt files. To the extent that GnuCash doesn't
> > prevent them from doing this POSSIBLY a GnuCash problem (trust me, there are
> > some sorts of things done wrong causing problems that no program could
> > prevent). If instead people having problems of this sort would work with us
> > instead of dashing away because "GnuCash is buggy" (instead of assuming
> > that) perhaps we could find out.
> I haven't used Windows in years, and certainly not GnuCash on Windows,
> but I recall a few years back that a linux user was putting his data
> file in the ~/.gnucash directory and that was determined to be a place
> where you almost certainly would lose your data. Is there a directory
> location in Windows that is similarly unsafe?
> If not a directory, is it possible there's some Windows application
> that sees GnuCash files and is clobbering them? I know for awhile the
> installer exe file was on somebody's antivirus "security threat" list
> because of an included library. Could there be an overzealous
> antivirus app on the rampage against the data files, or maybe it's
> interrupting GnuCash's reading or writing by blocking the compression
> / decompression process or something like that?
> Like most of the respondents to this thread, I have never lost any
> GnuCash data due to a problem with the application, but I AM careful
> to trust only the "stable" versions that have been properly packaged
> for my linux distribution.
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