Archiving old transations

Colin Law clanlaw at
Fri Jun 21 08:34:01 EDT 2013

On 21 June 2013 12:13, Jonathan Kamens <jik at> wrote:
> On 06/21/2013 03:54 AM, Colin Law wrote:
>> How long does it take to load the file with no tabs open?  Time for
>> how long it shows "loading user data" on the startup screen (with no
>> tabs open).
> It appears that if I had not already archived many years of transactions
> because of the start-up speed issue, it would take ~10 seconds to load the
> user data every time I started the app. And that's just loading the user
> data -- it's around another eight seconds to load all the reports and do the
> other non-data initialization.

I will leave it for others to comment on whether they consider 10
seconds to load the data is excessive.

> [snip]
>> Is that 21 MB of compressed xml?
> No, uncompressed, because I transfer it regularly between machines with
> rsync, whose diff algorithm works much better on an uncompressed file.
> Loading a compressed file takes about the same time as an uncompressed file;
> as far as I can tell, it's the processing, not the disk I/O, that causes
> most of the delay.

I asked not because of any difference in load time but because you
suggested that my 2 MB was a paltry amount compared to your 20.  My
file is 18MB if I save it uncompressed so our situations are

> [snip]

>> Telling them that they are
>> rude and patronising is not likely to encourage them to help you.
>> More likely the contrary in fact.
> I was polite about it for many, many years. And as you just pointed out,
> you're not a GnuCash developer, so apparently I didn't tell the developers
> that they are being rude and patronizing.

OK, so you were just telling me I am rude and patronising, again I
will leave it to others to make up their own minds.



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