GnuCash Mac OS X issues: languages, splash screen

Kevin Reid kpreid at
Wed Jan 19 21:48:35 EST 2011

On Jan 19, 2011, at 20:57, John Ralls wrote:

> Please do file a bug on the language-list problem, and thanks for  
> diagnosing it so well.

The effect was sufficiently bizarre that I couldn't complain about it  
without first figuring out exactly what I was complaining about!

> The rest is an enhancement request. You can write one up in  
> bugzilla, but I'm not going to promise that it won't get cancelled  
> in a few months because I haven't made time to do anything about it.  
> Including a patch would certainly improve the odds in  your favor. ;-)

I currently have very little free time for new projects, and points 1  
and 2 feel like they might involve extensive digging through hairy  
compatibility layers. (I have no experience with GTK.) But if I happen  
across one of those mythical round tuits...

I've put filing bugs on my todo list for this weekend.

In other news, I tried turning the splash screen preference off, and  
found an entirely different bizarre problem: under those conditions,  
GnuCash crashes precisely every other launch. The relevant-looking  
console output:
   An uncaught exception was raised
   Error (1007) creating CGSWindow
   *** Terminating app due to uncaught exception  
'NSInternalInconsistencyException', reason: 'Error (1007) creating  

Given that the times when it doesn't crash it displays the "couldn't  
obtain the gnucash file lock" dialog, I suspect that not creating any  
window at the early startup (neither the lock dialog nor the splash  
screen) causes something to get into a bad state when it tries to  
create the next window.

Also, hooray for working clipboard in the register window. I didn't  
see that in the release notes. (It would be nice if there was a major- 
changes listing from 2.2.9 to 2.4.0 for those of us ignoring unstable  

Despite these problems, I'd like to mention my appreciation for  
GnuCash existing; when I decided to look for an open-source accounting  
program for keeping my records, GnuCash was the one that stood out as  
feeling like I wasn't going to run into inconvenient limitations later  
on. (On the other hand, half of the competition wasn't even double- 
entry! And did things like displaying a *dialog box* for each  
transaction entry.)

Kevin Reid                                  <>

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