Mac upgrade, "There was an error parsing the file ..."

David Reiser dbreiser at
Fri Jun 18 00:58:48 EDT 2010

On Jun 18, 2010, at 12:20 AM, David Dannemiller wrote:

> On Jun 17, 2010, at 8:25 AM, David Reiser wrote:
>> You probably have a corrupt scheduled transaction and have "Run when data file opened" under Since Last Run under Scheduled transactions preferences. Turn that off, open the data file again, and examine your scheduled transactions for obvious errors. There might be something listed in the gnucash.trace file that could guide you, too. You shouldn't have to recreate all your SX's, but you'll have to look for the one or two that are choking the new version.
> I didn't have much time to work on this tonight, but I did look at the trace file.  Two questions:
> 1) The trace file is absolutely huge.  It looks like it has entries for every account and transaction.  Is that expected?

Don't know. I've never seen a big trace file, but it might be because gnucash is trying to convert the old file to a new one and lets you know every time it has to make an "unexpected" translation

> 2) If my problem is an corrupt scheduled transaction, what is the signature I should look for in the trace file?

Since the trace is sequential, do whatever it is that causes the error and look at the end of the trace file just after you get the error dialog.


David Reiser
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