Jeffrey H Hotchkiss | 23 Nov 21:23 2014
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documentation error on debits/credits?

Hi, just making sure I understand the usage of debits and credits in Gnucash, as it’s been a while since I
worked with accounting principles.

There appears to be an inconsistency in section 2.1.3 of the tutorial and concepts guide, here: http://gnucash.org/docs/v2.4/C/gnucash-guide/basics-accounting1.html#basics-accountingdouble2

According to the second paragraph (and a Wikipedia article on accounting principles), for an equity
account, a debit is a decrease and a credit is an increase - correct? Quoting here: "In liability, equity
and income accounts, credits increase the balance and debits decrease the balance."

Then why does the third paragraph say "Accountants record increases in asset, expense, and equity
accounts on the debit (left) side, and they record increases in liability, revenue, and capital accounts
on the credit (right) side” ?  (By the way, what’s the difference between an “equity” account and a
“capital” account?)

And, under the warning at the end of the section, it says “credit is associated with decreases in asset,
expense and equity accounts” ?

Could you explain the discrepancy? I believe that a credit increases an equity account, and that the third
paragraph and warning paragraph are mistaken, is that right? I looked into the updating protocols - way
too intimidating for me to undertake a correction.

Thank you,

Jeffrey H Hotchkiss
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Ulrich Möhrke | 22 Nov 22:51 2014
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error creating new gnucash file with python

Hello,

I try to create a new gnucash file with python as done within
example new_book_with_opening_balances.py
(http://svn.gnucash.org/docs/HEAD/new__book__with__opening__balances_8py_source.html).

I wrote a tiny script:
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from gnucash import Session
from sys import argv
new_book_session = Session(argv[1], is_new=True)
-----------------------------------------

I get errors, if I call the script.
First.	- Call the script as
	python new_session.py xml://xml_test.gnucash
	I get the error:
		Traceback (most recent call last):
		  File "new_session.py", line 3, in <module>
		    new_book_session = Session(argv[1], is_new=True)
		  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/gnucash/gnucash_core.py", line 105, in __init__
		    self.load()
		  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/gnucash/gnucash_core.py", line 144, in new_function
		    self.raise_backend_errors(function.__name__)
		  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/gnucash/gnucash_core.py", line 122, in raise_backend_errors
		    errors )
		gnucash.gnucash_core.GnuCashBackendException: call to new_function resulted in the following
errors, ERR_FILEIO_UNKNOWN_FILE_TYPE
Second.	- Call the script as
	python new_session.py sqlite3://sqlite_test.gnucash	
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Yitzchok Lavi | 22 Nov 18:43 2014

GnuCash on Windows with MySQL backend

I am using Gnucash 2.6.3 on both Windows (specifically git rev 166cbb7+) and Linux (maybe it's 2.6.4 on
Linux) against the same MySQL database.On Linux I have never had a problem - once I connected to the
database I reconnect automatically every time I start the program.On Windows I find that every time I
connect I am prompted for the password and also the server name is incorrect (it defaults to localhost). I
probably didn't notice this at the beginning because I was having so much trouble with another issue which
was an actual bug in GnuCash.Is there a setting which affects this behaviour? I looked on the preferences
page and didn't see anything there.ThanksYitzchok 		 	   		  
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hettinger | 22 Nov 01:16 2014
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Organizing by what amounts for whom.

I'm new to accounting, my girlfriend and I spend money independently and I
keep records of our transactions in a gnucash file.  Is there some way I can
categorize whether the item was for her or for me, or for both of us?  I
have already split apart the bank accounts into their separate pieces, do I
need to make a separate account for each transaction or is there some way to
code it into the description?  I could see how this could be useful for
businesses too: a company might order supplies but if one employee
consistently uses more from the same account it may be indicative that they
are being wasteful or stealing. Is there a way to do this under employees? 
Please help, thank you for your time in advance.

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Rob Cussons | 21 Nov 23:01 2014
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Ratio of savings to expenses

Hi,

I'm interested in outputting on a monthly basis the ratio of money I'm
saving in certain asset accounts to my income from certain income accounts.
Is there an easy way to output this using the reports feature in Gnucash?

Thanks!
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Edward Doolittle | 21 Nov 21:39 2014
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Accounting treatment for travel reimbursements

I've been using gnucash for years ... such a great, useful application.
I've been able to figure out the answers to most of my questions, with the
help of help documents, mailing list archives, and the published book, but
I still have a couple of questions. They're really about accounting topics,
not gnucash per se, but everyone on this list is so helpful I thought I
would ask.

One question I have is about the proper accounting treatment for travel
reimbursements from my employer. For example, suppose I take my personal
vehicle on an overnight trip for work. I pay for a hotel room, meals, and
fuel using my credit card. When I return, I fill out a travel form and I am
reimbursed according to the following scheme:

- Full cost of hotel room (up to a reasonable maximum; let's say $150 for
one night in a given example)
- "per diem" rates for meals (something like $8 for breakfast, $12 for
lunch, and $20 for dinner) regardless of the amount actually spent (unless
a meal or meals have been covered by another organization, in which case I
get $0 for that meal, of course)
- "per km" rates for travel (something like $0.40/km)

The treatment for the hotel room seems clear. I have an "accounts
receivable" account in my asset tree, so when I pay the hotel,
 dr. accounts receivable $150
 cr. credit card $150
When I receive the reimbursement a few days/weeks later,
 dr. chequing account $150
 cr. accounts receivable $150

Less clear is the treatment for meals. What I'm doing now when I pay $25
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Divakar R | 21 Nov 19:20 2014
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Sourceforge POTM

SourceForge has called for votes for January’s POTM (project of the month). GnuCash is on the list of
candidates. Vote scan be cast here: https://sourceforge.net/p/potm/discussion/vote/thread/7a6c5c42/.

To vote, comment on this thread with the first line in the following format:

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encourage you to give your rationale for why you voted the way you did.

You would need a SF account to vote, I think.

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Glenn Bergmann | 20 Nov 19:40 2014
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2.6.4 Upgrade

Today, 11/20/2014, I downloaded gnuCash 2.6.4 and installed to replace
2.6.3.

When I started the program the first time, I got a message "GnuCash (Not
Responding)".  I selected the message to "wait for the program to respond"
and after about 3 to 4 minutes the program opened.

I did no transactions, Quit the program and it gave me the message "GnuCash
(Not Responding)".  It would not close and I had to force closure of the
program.

Tried several times with the same result each time.  I downloaded and
installed 2.6.3.  It opened and Quit like it should.

I notice 2.6.4 is 104 MB download while 2.6.3 is a 71 MB.  A lot of new
features?

Glenn
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Rob Cussons | 19 Nov 22:52 2014
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Problem creating Stocks in gnucash

Hi,

I have a brokerage account that I want to create a stock account below.
However when I try to set it up, I can't enter a security type, I get a
blank Type box and blank Security box with no dropdown choices (as shown
below) and when I then try to close that dialogue box, I can only do it by
clicking on the X. i.e. New, Cancel and OK buttons do nothing. Is it
corrupted or something?

[image: Inline images 1]

I'm running GnuCash 2.6.3, "built from git rev 166cbb7+ on 2014-04-01", on
a Windows 7 system, SP1 6.1.7601.

Thanks very much for any help!
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Richard Dawson | 18 Nov 19:43 2014
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Set of accounts for small rental business.

I am trying to imagine the best set of accounts to manage dozen or two 
individual rental units.  It would seem desirable to track income and expenses 
for each unit, income from each tenant, and also be able to sum up all 
expenses and income to determine the overall profit or loss.

One could have the expense, income, and liabilities accounts with individual 
accounts within each one for tenants and units, or one might have an account 
for each unit with expense, income, etch within each account.  

As you can see, my concepts are a little cloudy.  Any suggestions?

Thank you,

Richard
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AfrikaDietmar | 18 Nov 18:18 2014

Count number of nights of booking reservations

Hi Gnucash Community,

is it possible to also track the number of nights stayed or have a way that
I can input customers who have booked a holiday how long they stayed so that
I can at the end of period sum up the total number of nights that my company
has generated for a property? Each property will then be an account. I could
then look into each property and see how many clients it has had and how
many nights were generated. Is this possible?
Also report wise?

Sunny regards from Mauritius,
Dietmar

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