[GNC] Equity account changed to Trading Account

Alton Brantley a.brantley at ieee.org
Sun Sep 26 14:38:54 EDT 2021

I recognize that I can use that mechanism ((Menu-.Transaction->Manage Document
Links and Transaction->Open Linked Document in V4.6). However, I use scheduled transactions and template transactions (model transactions with all the split accounts with amounts set to zero) so that all I do is fill in the values. That way, I never have to take my hands off the keyboard to enter data.

I double-checked, and the account marked as Trading is already a top-level account. If I try to move it under any other account, it shows the possible types of accounts as blank, so there’s nothing for me to select that enables me to move the account.

Also, I looked under File->Properties->Accounts and the “Use Trading accounts” checkbox is not marked.

 For the time being, I created a new “Assets” account and moved the current year’s transactions using the trading account split from the “Trading account” by editing the account in the splits of a search on the “trading” account name for the current year. Now I have all previous year’s transactions in the “trading” account, and the current year in an “assets” account, and I will enter future lines in the new account.

I am at a loss as to what made the account become identified as a “trading” account, as all my accounts are in USD.  I did discover that in one of my current year transactions, I had entered a non-zero value in the account that had switched from “asset” to “trading.” I wonder if that somehow triggered the software to convert the account.  I think I’ll take a look at the code around accounts and see what I can find.

Thanks for your suggestions.

> Date: Sun, 26 Sep 2021 08:11:01 +1000
> From: davidcousens49 at gmail.com
> To: gnucash-user at gnucash.org
> Subject: Re: [GNC] Equity account changed to Trading Account
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> Alton
>> From your description it would appear you are using the notes field to stor a
> link to an external file descriptor. GnuCash has had a facility to associate a
> URL for an external file to a transaction (Menu-.Transaction->Manage Document
> Links and Transaction->Open Linked Document in V4.6). This allows you to link a
> file (PDF or image of e receipt for example) to a specific transaction and open
> it from within GnuCash).  You can also set a path header in the preferences so
> all your linked files are stored in a single directory (can be a subdirectory of
> a folder with your data files in it )
> Not sure if this will work on your retyped Equity account but may be worth a
> try. The range of the available account types displayed in the edit procedure is
> set by the account type of the parent account in the edit account process Can't
> guarantee it will work but worth a try. In the Edit Account process try setting
> the Parent Account for the trading account to "New top level account" and then
> try changing the account type back to Equity and then reset the parent account
> to Equity. 
> David Cousens
> On Sat, 2021-09-25 at 17:17 -0400, Alton Brantley wrote:
>> I have an equity account which I use to record notes about purchases by
>> storing the file name as the note in the split and it always has a zero value
>> so it sorts to the middle of the splits. 
>> Sometime in the past couple months, this account became tagged as a ?Trading?
>> account even though it and all of the transaction splits are in USD. 
>> I tried to create a new tracking account, and to delete the Trading account by
>> moving the transactions over, but that wasn?t allowed. 
>> At this point, I cannot add transactions to the account and I don't want to
>> delete the transactions. 
>> I can create a new Equity account and change the account manually one by one.
>> This would be a slow process(10+years) or I could use the new account going
>> forward and just correct this year?s entries. This may have happened when I
>> upgraded to 4.6, as I only do this process quarterly. 
>> I have never used Trading accounts for any reason as I don?t use foreign
>> currency. 
>> Any ideas appreciated 
>> --Alton Brantley
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