GnuCash 2.4.0 in Intel MacBook Pro hangs

Peter Boosten peter at
Tue Jan 4 11:32:57 EST 2011

Hi John,

Thanks for your answer. I do not want my entire mac to have the Dutch  
language, just my Gnucash.

Once reports have been created in one language, Gnucash doesn't hang.  
It's just the switching between languages that does the hanging.

If one exits Gnucash without any reports open, and change the  
language, then Gnucash operates normally.

That all having written, I didn't have to modify any shell script in  
2.2.9 to get the Dutch language, so I don't know how I ended up with  
the Dutch language in first place.



On 4 jan 2011, at 15:51, John Ralls <jralls at> wrote:

> On Jan 4, 2011, at 5:18 AM, Peter Boosten wrote:
>> On 27 dec 2010, at 16:00, Peter Boosten wrote:
>>> On 23 dec 2010, at 07:20, Peter Boosten wrote:
>>>> Hi all,
>>>> I've installed (or upgraded to) 2.4.0, accroding the readme in  
>>>> the dmg file.
>>>> First removed the 2.2.9 version, then ran the Update Dirs tool,  
>>>> which gave me some error messages about things I didn't have  
>>>> installed (like online banking). I assumed these were oke.
>>>> Then copied Gnucash to applications, and started it.
>>>> Gnucash wasn't happy with the changes made by Update Dirs  
>>>> apparently, since it stated that it had to change configuration  
>>>> as well, so I let it.
>>>> After that, gnucash showed my default opened accounts and  
>>>> reports, however hangs immediately after that, and I'm only able  
>>>> to force quit the app.
>>>> Anyone know how to circumvent/solve this issue?
>>> Oke, it turned out to be the opened reports: I quit 2.2.9 with  
>>> some reports opened, and installed 2.4.0 afterwards (after  
>>> converting the config information). I started anew, with 2.2.9 not  
>>> showing the reports, then did the whole installation procedure  
>>> again, and everything worked.
>>> Maybe something to mention in the upgrade document?
>> I now have the real causes of these hangs: it's the combination of  
>> open reports and changing languages.
>> In 2.2.9 I used to have the Dutch language for the menus, and after  
>> deinstalling 2.2.9 in order to install 2.4.0, this language changed  
>> to English. The open reports caused Gnucash to hang.
>> I wanted Dutch menus again, so I changed 
>> Gnucash, and added these two lines:
>> export LANGUAGE=nl_NL
>> export LANG=nl_NL
>> And with open reports, Gnucash hangs.
> Interesting.
> That's not the way to change languages on a Mac: Use System  
> Preferences>Languages & Text (International on Leopard).
> That aside, do reports open correctly in Dutch if they're generated  
> fresh? If you've generated Dutch reports and leave
> them open when you shut down Gnucash, does Gnucash still hang on  
> restart?
> Regards,
> John Ralls

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