Selecting a Business/chart of Accounts when starting

Maf. King maf at
Tue Jun 4 16:45:52 EDT 2013

On Tue 4 June 13 12:16:56 you wrote:
> On 06/04/2013 11:29 AM, Maf. King wrote:
> > On Tue 4 June 13 09:58:56 John R. Sowden wrote:
> >> Instead of being locked into starting a 'default' accounts database, can
> >> I open gc with no set of accounts, or a window listing the existing ones
> >> with the 'new' option?  Then I can select the one that I want.
> >> 
> >> Is there a command line option?
> >> 
> >> John
> > 
> > Hi,
> > 
> > try the command line option --nofile
> > 
> > or even gnucash <name-of-file>
> > 
> > HTH,
> > Maf.
> tried --nofile.  It opens a dialog box to:
> 1 create a new set of accts
> 2 import from q
> 3 ope the new user tutorial
> I am not clear yet on where the db is kept.  I found 1 in a dir under
> gc, and another couple as files under gc.  I am now trying to make the
> 'working dir' in the launcher (ubuntu) gc without any sub dirs.  I
> declined to reopen the welcome window but I got a copy of gc that says
> "unsaved book" in the title bar and is all grayed out. clicking on open
> shows everything, not just the accounts db files.
> I deleted the sub directories and all but 1 acct files, but the names
> still show up in the File menu.  I wonder if those can be cleared.

Hi John,

Couple of things. 
1. The accounts data file(s) are stored wherever you put them.  If you get the 
correct file open from the recently used list, then "file open" *may* give you 
a clue to the file path.  If not, you could do a "save as" and put the data 
file in a new location of your choosing. (but don't use ~/.gnucash/  - there 
is a good chance you'll loose data....)

2. GC will default to opening the most recently used data file when started 
with no command line options.

3. Clearing the most-recently-used list came up on here just last week, Geert 
made a new FAQ, see:

(long URL, sorry if it gets split up by the mailer software)

4. Don't forget to CC the list in your replies, others on here are far more 
clueful than I am!


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