Using gnucash

Dr. Md. Aminul Islam Khan aikhan_lab at
Sun Jan 9 06:44:38 EST 2011

On Fri, 2011-01-07 at 09:28 -0500, Anthony Dardis wrote:
> On Fri, 07 Jan 2011 04:15:43 -0500, Md. Aminul Islam Khan  
> <aikhanlab at> wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I had been using gnucash irregularly. Possibly due to lack of  
> > understanding.
> > Want to use it regularly.
> > Should I:
> > 1. Use the old file and continue from the present date (stopped using  
> > them
> > some few months ago and difficult to update all the transactions).
> > 2. Export Accounts and use that as start
> > 3. Create new file and start new.
> >
> > Thanks in advance
> >
> > aikhan
> The answer will depend on what you want.
> If you don't care very much whether your file has old data, then just  
> starting from new and learning as you put in your real transactions might  
> be the best way to go (and the beginning of January is a great time).
> If you want or need your file to have older data in it, it will have to  
> get in there somehow. 

Thanks for your guidance. I want to retain some of the data from before
(started using gnucash in 2008). Is that possible without updating all
the transactions? 


> If the question is, should I use the old file and  
> enter last year's transactions, vs., should I start a new file, but export  
> the contents of the old one from Gnucash and import them back into the new  
> file, I don't see any advantage to the latter choice, and it seems like a  
> headache. If the question is, should I export from some other program  
> (Quicken, for example), that actually works pretty well.
> I would recommend spending a couple of days working your way through the  
> Concepts guide, creating the transactions, seeing what happens. It also  
> helps think about importing from another program, since it makes the idea  
> of GnuCash, and the ideas of double-entry bookkeeping, clearer.
> _______________________________________________
> gnucash-user mailing list
> gnucash-user at
> -----
> Please remember to CC this list on all your replies.
> You can do this by using Reply-To-List or Reply-All.

More information about the gnucash-user mailing list