automatically balancing Scheduled Transactions

Anthony Dardis adardis at
Tue Jan 18 10:22:55 EST 2011

On Tue, 18 Jan 2011 04:31:53 -0500, Colin Law <clanlaw at>  

> On 17 January 2011 23:26, Ken Heard <ken at> wrote:
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>> J.P. Lien wrote:
>>> I'm trying to set up a scheduled transaction for my mortgage payment.  
>>>  I
>>> used the druid, but had to make some changes to the template  
>>> transaction
>>> (I've paid extra on the loan in the past, so the ppmt function doesn't
>>> return the right value).  When I was done I got the following warning:
>>> "The Scheduled Transaction Editor cannot automatically balance this
>>> transaction. Should it still be entered?"
>>> I guess this is telling me that the editor can't verify that the
>>> transaction will balance every time.  It should be balanced based on  
>>> the
>>> way I entered it, but I can see how it would be better to make certain.
>>>  Is there some magic variable that I can put in to capture any  
>>> imbalance?
>> I have had the same problem; if this inconsistency with the way balances
>> are checked in ordinary transactions has not been filed as a bug it
>> should be.
> Can you (both posters) post exact details of the transaction you are
> trying to enter (or possibly an image of it in the scheduled
> transaction editor)?  This error should mean that you have entered an
> unbalanced transaction.

I get the same thing (using 2.4.0 on OS X 10.6.6) for my mortgage and car  
loan. Example: I just changed my car loan so that the transaction would be  
automatically created three days before its due date; when I click Ok, I  
get this message. (Indeed, even when I make no changes whatsoever, and  
click Ok, I get the message.)

I had guessed that this was because it's a loan with a long term and  
depending on how the payments are calculated they may not end up to the  
penny at the end of the loan. It doesn't seem to make any functional  
difference to creating the transaction, etc.

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