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Re: [GNC] help lost data file

John Ralls-2
You could just move it up to root, so /gnu data. Or, having moved the one file you want to keep out of /ewr office data you could delete the remaining files and then move ewrofficedata.gnucash back to /ewr office data and remove gnu data.

The name /ewr office data suggests that there might be more in there besides GnuCash files. If that's the case then you perhaps don't want to delete everything, just the extra GnuCash files that might be confusing. In that case I'd suggest leaving the structure as-is and removing only the gnucash files from /ewr office data. Because GnuCash can generate a lot of backup and log files it's advantageous to have a folder dedicated to them.

Regards,
John Ralls




> On Apr 9, 2019, at 12:39 PM, Eric Rathhaus office <[hidden email]> wrote:
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> My whole drive is backed up on the cloud and on a local external hard drive.  currently, the files resides in /ewr office data/gnu data/.  You suggested deleting the entire folder /ewr office data/.  To do this action, I need to move the gnu data folder.  I’m wondering where I should put it.  
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>> On Apr 9, 2019, at 11:56 AM, John Ralls <[hidden email]> wrote:
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>> Eric,
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>> I keep mine in an encrypted dmg that I back up to Google Drive. You can put yours wherever you like, just make sure that it gets routinely backed up, ideally including offsite. $HOME/Documents/Gnucash seems an obvious choice if you have your Documents folder in your backup set.
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>> Regards,
>> John Ralls
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>>> On Apr 9, 2019, at 11:49 AM, Eric Rathhaus office <[hidden email]> wrote:
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>>> Eureka! Thanks John. Yes I opened the file you noted and found the data.  I made a new folder “gnu data” and saved the files as ewrofficedata.gnu.  But maybe I erred in that the folder is a subdirectory of the old folder with the files you suggest I delete.  Where should I locate the new folder?
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>>> Kind regards,
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>>> Eric W. Rathhaus
>>> Law Office of Eric W. Rathhaus
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>>>> On Apr 9, 2019, at 7:12 AM, John Ralls <[hidden email]> wrote:
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>>>> The number of files is if anything too big. The most usual case would be only one because most people have only one book.
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>>>> 1. test.gnucash.gcm Mar 22, 2012 at 10:00 AM
>>>> 2. MACS.gnucash.gcm Mar 18, 2013 at 1:43 PM
>>>> 3. MACS.gnucash_2.gcm Mar 22, 2012 at 9:01 AM
>>>> 4. ewrofficedata.gnucash.rev.gnucash.gcm Aug 7, 2013 at 11:43 PM
>>>> 5. ewrofficedata.gnucash.gcm Apr 5, 2019 at 11:21 PM
>>>> 6. ewrofficedata.gnucash.20131111160900.gnucash.gcm Mar 31, 2019 at 5:03 PM
>>>> 7. ewrofficedata.gnucash.20130806193744.gnucash.gcm Aug 16, 2013 at 9:13 PM
>>>> 8. ewrofficedata.gnucash.20130806193744.gnucash.20130807120014.log.gnucash.gcm Today
>>>> 9. ewrofficedata.gnucash_2.gcm Aug 6 2013 at 8:34 PM
>>>> 10 ewrofficedata copy.gnucash.gcm Mar 31, 2019 at 5:10 PM
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>>>> You wrote your first post at 5:20 PM on March 31, so the file that you had open immediately before that was #10, and the one before *that* was #6. Notice that that's a backup file from 2013, so you apparently have been working in that one for the last 5+ years.
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>>>> You obviously don't want to open the .gcm file, it's ewrofficedata.gnucash.20131111160900.gnucash that you want to open. It's probably in the same folder as the others. Once you've confirmed that I suggest that you make a new directory and use Save As to save it to the new directory as ewrofficedata.gnucash, then delete the old directory. GnuCash will notice that it can't find the other files in your history list and ask if you want to remove them. Tell it yes. Adjust your backups as necessary to include the new directory and exclude the old one and you're set.
>>>>
>>>> Regards,
>>>> John Ralls
>>>>
>>>>
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>>>>> On Apr 8, 2019, at 10:55 PM, Eric Rathhaus office <[hidden email]> wrote:
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>>>>> So I used the go to command and got the first screen shot.  opening the book folder and I get the second screen shot.  It’s odd that there are so few files as I’ve used this program since 2012.  And when I tried to open any of the recent gcm files, I get nothing or it says a suitable back up can’t be found.  I getting concerned that something terriblest wrong happened and that I need to restore from archived cloud version, much data.  
>>>>>
>>>>> Kind regards,
>>>>>
>>>>> Eric W. Rathhaus
>>>>> Law Office of Eric W. Rathhaus
>>>>> 484 Lake Park Avenue, Suite 50
>>>>> Oakland, CA 94610
>>>>> 415.577.0920 tel
>>>>> 415.737.0603 fax
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>>>>>> On Apr 8, 2019, at 4:09 PM, John Ralls <[hidden email]> wrote:
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>>>>>> Interesting. A little experimentation finds that it's not sufficient to just select the home directory, you must have the home directory as the primary view in Finder. If you're using Icon or List view you can double-click on your home directory to make it primary. If you're in column view you can either switch temporarily to one of the others or you can drag your home directory to the sidebar and then click on it there.
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>>>>>> There's another way, though: Select Go>Go to Folder... from the menu and then type into the dialog box ~/Library/Application Support/Gnucash and click Go.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Regards,
>>>>>> John Ralls
>>>>>>
>>>>>>> On Apr 8, 2019, at 2:44 PM, Eric Rathhaus office <[hidden email]> wrote:
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>>>>>>> Hi John - sorry to be so dense.  So those applications are old versions, I believe.  But I navigated to me as user and still no option of show library files appears.  I think I used to store the data in the fold err office data, but all the files in that directory or old.  No matter where I’ve looked, the only files I find that are recent are .log files.  I can’t find any newer files with the .gnucash or the .gcm extensions.  I’m lost here and the tax man is breathing down my neck.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Kind regards,
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Eric W. Rathhaus
>>>>>>> Law Office of Eric W. Rathhaus
>>>>>>> 484 Lake Park Avenue, Suite 50
>>>>>>> Oakland, CA 94610
>>>>>>> 415.577.0920 tel
>>>>>>> 415.737.0603 fax
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>>>>>>>> On Apr 6, 2019, at 10:12 PM, John Ralls <[hidden email]> wrote:
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>>>>>>>> Finder displays that option only when the current directory is your home directory. That's the one in Users named after your user-id.
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> I see that you've installed GnuCash and Finance Quote Update to the MacintoshHD directory, aka root. This is unwise, you should move them to some subdirectory. Applications is a common choice. That also applies to other folders in MacintoshHD. Applications should go in the Applications folder and everything else should be in subdirectories of your Home folder.
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> Regards,
>>>>>>>> John Ralls
>>>>>>>>
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>>>>>>>>> On Apr 6, 2019, at 2:00 PM, Eric Rathhaus office <[hidden email]> wrote:
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>>>>>>>>> Hi John - when I follow your directions and use “show view options” I don’t find any option of show library file.  Perhaps I’m not looking in the correct place.  In Finder, I use the find command which open a box, which I presume is my home directory, click on the “gear”, and select “show view options.”  I attach a couple of screen shots of what I see
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>>>>>>>>> Kind regards,
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> Eric W. Rathhaus
>>>>>>>>> Law Office of Eric W. Rathhaus
>>>>>>>>> 484 Lake Park Avenue, Suite 50
>>>>>>>>> Oakland, CA 94610
>>>>>>>>> 415.577.0920 tel
>>>>>>>>> 415.737.0603 fax
>>>>>>>>>
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>>>>>>>>>> On Apr 2, 2019, at 8:13 PM, John Ralls <[hidden email]> wrote:
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>>>>>>>>>> Yes, I deliberately wrote them generically. Since you've now specified the OS I can further explain that you'll find the book folder in ~/Library/Application Support/gnucash and that TextEdit is perfectly fine for examining the contents of the directories. In order to get Finder to look in ~/Library you'll need to go to your home directory, click the gear icon in the toolbar, select "Show View Options" and select "Show Library Folder", the last checkbox.
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>>>>>>>>>> You'll have more success searching for filenames with Finder than with Spotlight; the latter looks at file metadata and contents rather than file names.
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>> Regards,
>>>>>>>>>> John Ralls
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>> On Apr 2, 2019, at 5:39 PM, Eric Rathhaus office <[hidden email]> wrote:
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>>>>>>>>>>> Thanks, John.  I’m using a Mac. Will your directions still apply?
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>> Kind regards,
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>> Eric W. Rathhaus
>>>>>>>>>>> Law Office of Eric W. Rathhaus
>>>>>>>>>>> 484 Lake Park Avenue, Suite 50
>>>>>>>>>>> Oakland, CA 94610
>>>>>>>>>>> 415.577.0920 tel
>>>>>>>>>>> 415.737.0603 fax
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>>>>>>>>>>>> On Apr 2, 2019, at 5:02 PM, John Ralls <[hidden email]> wrote:
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>>>>>>>>>>>> The books directory in GNC_DATA_DIR (see http://wiki.gnucash.org/wiki/Configuration_Locations to see where that is on your OS) will have a file named after each one that you've had open with a .gcm extension instead of .gnucash. If you left registers open when you closed the .gnucash file the .gcm file will name the accounts for those registers, which might help you narrow down which is the one you want. Once you've figured that out you can use your OS's file-find utility to locate it.
>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>> Regards,
>>>>>>>>>>>> John Ralls
>>>>>>>>>>>>
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>>>>>>>>>>>>> On Apr 2, 2019, at 2:27 PM, Eric Rathhaus office <[hidden email]> wrote:
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>>>>>>>>>>>>> Thanks, John.  My only problem is that I tried opening various files to see if I could find the correct one so that the the “good” file won’t be on the list of four.  Any other ways to find it?
>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>> Kind regards,
>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>> Eric W. Rathhaus
>>>>>>>>>>>>> Law Office of Eric W. Rathhaus
>>>>>>>>>>>>> 484 Lake Park Avenue, Suite 50
>>>>>>>>>>>>> Oakland, CA 94610
>>>>>>>>>>>>> 415.577.0920 tel
>>>>>>>>>>>>> 415.737.0603 fax
>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>> www.ewrlaw.com
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>>>>>>>>>>>>>> On Mar 31, 2019, at 7:35 PM, John Ralls <[hidden email]> wrote:
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>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> On Mar 31, 2019, at 5:17 PM, Eric Rathhaus office <[hidden email]> wrote:
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>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Hello - I just downloaded version 3.4. When I opened for 1st time, everything was fine and I began entering transactions into an account ledger.  I wanted to save these transactions but the save button was greyed out.  I thought maybe I needed to point to the correct data file.  When I used “open” from the file menu, and pend the normal base data file, it in fact was old and had no transactions after 2013.  Now I cannot find my data.  All suggestions welcome.  
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Kind regards,
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Eric W. Rathhaus
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Law Office of Eric W. Rathhaus
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> 484 Lake Park Avenue, Suite 50
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Oakland, CA 94610
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> 415.577.0920 tel
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> 415.737.0603 fax
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> www.ewrlaw.com
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>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> When you started GnuCash it opened the last file you had used. If you entered transactions into it and that didn't light up the "save" button then you were using a SQL backend, probably SQLite3 because otherwise you would have been asked for a password. When you opened the other file that closed the one you were working on.
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>>>>>>>>>>>>>> No matter, just click the File menu. At the bottom you'll find the last files you used up to 4 in order of use. Just pick the second one on the list and it will be your "other" file.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Regards,
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> John Ralls
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