Reconcile question

John Ralls jralls at
Sat Jan 8 16:22:48 EST 2011

On Jan 8, 2011, at 11:11 AM, David T. wrote:

> John--
> --- On Sat, 1/8/11, John Ralls <jralls at> wrote:
>> From: John Ralls <jralls at>
>> Subject: Re: Reconcile question
>> To: "Chris Harris" <chris.harris123 at>
>> Cc: gnucash-user at
>> Date: Saturday, January 8, 2011, 10:32 AM
>> On Jan 8, 2011, at 9:10 AM, Chris Harris wrote:
>>> I seem to have an issue with the opening balance in a
>> checking account
>>> when I choose reconcile.
>>> All transactions for the month and prior month are
>> reconciled.  They
>>> show a Y in the R column in the ledger.  The
>> balance for the beginning
>>> of the month is correct in the ledger.  When I
>> choose reconcile, the
>>> beginning balance is off by 13,176.94.  Other
>> discussions I have seen
>>> on this topic try to correct this by entering an
>> offsetting
>>> transaction, but as I said, my balance is correct in
>> the ledger.  Any
>>> suggestions on how I can correct this?
>>> Using Ubuntu 10.10 and the Standard Ubuntu
>> distribution of gnucash v  2.2.9.
>> The starting balance is the ending balance the last time
>> you reconciled. You can calculate it by looking at the last
>> reconciled transaction: Note the balance and the date. Look
>> in the reconcile window for any transactions that show up
>> before that date and adjust the balance by those
>> transactions, subbtracting unreconciled income and adding
>> unreconciled expenses.
> I would advise differently. I would note that the starting balance in the Reconcile window is calculated from the data, and recommend first trying to reconcile the account *without* entering any special transactions. 
> It can happen that a transaction that was reconciled previously gets de-reconciled at a later date. If these dereconciled transactions are subsequently re-reconciled, then the problem can simply go away. I would try that before adding extra transactions to the ledger.

Sorry, I didn't mean to imply that those adjustments should be made in Gnucash. I meant adjust the balance in a calculator.

Those de-reconciled transactions will show up in the reconcile window, so they're easy to spot. 

John Ralls

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