Gnucash 2.4.0 (Windows)

Ian X Waddington iwaddox at
Sun Jan 2 03:48:01 EST 2011

I found some time this morning so have done the following testing below.

Conclusion: On a Windows 7 laptop Gnucash 2.4 does not need internet access
to install or run but it is using the localhost host server to communicate
between gnucash and gconf, ie speak to itself, which is perfectly normal and
acceptable behaviour.

(To be clear, I did not try any stocks or shares type testing which clearly
would need internet access to get any online price information.)

I hope this testing allays any fears and draws the debate to and end

Happy to answer any questions.



The Machine
* A clean laptop running Windows 7 Home Premium
* Gnucash is not and has never been installed on this laptop build
* Hosts file is as installed by Microsoft, the localhost line is commented
* By default Windows firewall is off, Zonealarm firewall is on

Localhost test (ping from the cmd prompt, see results below)
* Ping gives intermittent responses, sometimes it responds and on
others it doesn't; I cannot explain this
* Ping localhost works as expected every time; I can only conclude the
address is resolving via DNS as per the comment in the hosts files, this can
clearly be seen in the ping response below.

Pinging with 32 bytes of data:
Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Reply from bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=128
Ping statistics for
    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 1, Lost = 3 (75% loss),

ping localhost
Pinging Dad-Acer-W7 [::1] with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from ::1: time<1ms
Reply from ::1: time<1ms
Reply from ::1: time<1ms
Reply from ::1: time<1ms
Ping statistics for ::1:
    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),

These ping results are the same with the laptop connected and disconnected
to the wireless network and with Zonealarm on or off; this is as expected as
these are local machine addresses.

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