[GNC] Frustration

Michael Hendry hendry.michael at gmail.com
Tue Jun 8 11:37:05 EDT 2021

> On 7 Jun 2021, at 17:30, John Ralls <jralls at ceridwen.us> wrote:
>> On Jun 6, 2021, at 11:22 PM, Michael Hendry <hendry.michael at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> On 7 Jun 2021, at 06:57, flywire <flywire0 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> What you want is very simple, just not in GnuCash which is possibly the only
>>> package without it. The workaround changing accounts is just not worth the
>>> grief.
>>> Other software allows a category or class[ification] field on each
>>> transaction. Normally the field is even auto-populated based on say a
>>> payment by a tenant. One field is still not ideal because you might want
>>> multiple classifications on one transaction like bigger accounting packages
>>> offer (location, manager, supplier, owner, enterprise etc). The feature's
>>> been requested fairly frequently for ages:
>>> https://bugs.gnucash.org/show_bug.cgi?id=113772
>>> Best thing you can do is change to different software. I use an old
>>> quickbooks version for my business to get that feature but you miss out on
>>> the open access to the database and potential reporting that brings. Say
>>> rental statements, performance per unit or property manager.
>>> Maybe look at https://kmymoney.org/
>> I’m using GnuCash 4.4 on iMac with Catalina, and have 6 files in my Most-Recently-Used (MRU) list.
>> Some time ago I reported a bug in the updating of the MRU which was fixed in the next release, and it was about this time that the 6-item MRU became available on my system.
>> I can’t find a Preferences setting for the number of files in the MRU, but I’m sure John Ralls could point a finger in the right direction.
> Not sure what MRU has to do with categories.

This has been a long thread, and earlier on there was a complaint about not being able to have > 4 files in the MRU list.

You had shared the magic “defaults write…” incantation with me, but I used it once (all that was necessary) and promptly forgot how I’d done it. 

Apologies for the noise!


> The MRU list size preference isn't exposed in the GnuCash UI. Linux users can get to it with dconf-editor and macOS users via defaults, e.g.
>  defaults write -app Gnucash /org/gnucash/history/maxfiles '6'
> Microsoft Windows users can get to it via regedit, it will be somewhere under IIRC HKCU\Software\Gnucash.
> Regards,
> John Ralls

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