Error Message "No suitable backend was found for file:...."

John Mitchell john at
Tue Oct 25 11:04:42 EDT 2016

Thanks for your response, Michael. My problem is solved. The file that I was
looking for disappeared when I had some computer issues. I was able to open
a recently saved file on my backup drive and have restored my data.

John W. Mitchell
Lillian Services LLC
(251) 597-9257
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Subject: Re: Error Message "No suitable backend was found for file:...."

On 10/24/2016 8:20 PM, John Mitchell wrote:
>   Closed my GnuCash program yesterday and restarted my Windows 10 PC. 
> Tried to open my program later and am getting the above error message. 
> Can anyone help me recover my data?
> Thanks,
> John W. Mitchell
> Lillian Services LLC
> (251) 597-9257
  I take it that by "open" you clicked on an icon that was a pointer to your
saved file. If not, tell us, because what follows won;t be relevant.

When you click on a file (to open it) what happens depends on your computer
being able to recognize what sort of file that is. That's what the "file
extension" part of the name is for, to tell the computer what sort of file
it is and to use the program associated with that extension if any has been.
So one of two things has one wrong. Either:
1) The name you gave the file did not include the extension which your
computer stored as being associated with gnucash.h
2) You did include a file extension but that isn't associated to anything <<
your computer is asking you "which should I use">>

Meanwhile, you CAN open the file. Look at that icon (properties) to see the
file name, write that down. Now go to gnucash itself and start the program.
It may bring your data right up (last file used). If not, select "open" and
type in the name of the file you want it to open (what you wrote down). <<
my gnucash will always give me the "what do you want to open" since I have
it with the "no file) parameter since I keep books for several organizations
and "last opened" a poor guess for the next one I want to work with >>

Michael D Novack
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