Install finance:quotes Win 7 (made easy)

Geert Janssens janssens-geert at
Tue Jun 25 04:16:59 EDT 2013

On Monday 24 June 2013 19:31:05 Steve wrote:
> Can't tell you the number of times I've reinstalled GnuCash over the
> past year.  And each time I have to install the finance:quotes
> program to get it working, I never can find which file to run.  I
> know I should suggest a modification to the wiki which is so totally
> not someone said...
> "The wiki tells you to open the Install Online Price Retrieval from
> the Gnucash group. That ought to be clear: the Gnucash group is the
> listing under Programs, which is itself under the Start menu (on
> Windows). There should be an entry there to Install Online Price
> Quotes."
> If you're using Windows, you of course won't see anything that says
> "Install Online Price Quotes" nor is there any file in any of the
> subfolders under GnuCash so named.  To a first timer or novice, total
> dead end.
That's weird. On my Windows XP the menu entry is there.
Start Menu -> GnuCash -> Install Online Price Quotes

I would expect this to be something like this on Windows 7 (which I don't have installed):
Start menu -> All Programs -> GnuCash -> Install Online Price Quotes

If this is not there on Windows 7, that should be reported as a bug.

> After you install Perl, go to your bin sub-directory under GnuCash and
> run "install-fq-mods.cmd".  That's all there is to it.
That's a good workaround. In fact the only thing the menu entry "Install Online Price Quotes" 
does is call that command.

> Absent my
> suggesting a modification to the wiki, thought I'd simply say it
> simply here, for the benefit of the throngs that scratch their head
> looking for "Install Online Price Quotes".
As I said, it should be there.

And let me add that the wiki is a community managed document. So instead of suggesting a 
modification, please go ahead yourself and make any change you feel necessary to make it 
easier for novices to get the job done. The only thing you need is to create an account.

> Wonder if I get a medal for the most reinstalls in a one year
> period... :) Have a good evening.
I hereby name you master of install-fu ;)

Thank you for initiating this discussion. Every detail matters.


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