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Den
There is something I don't understand in the file names used by
GnuCash.

I must miss something...:-(
Today I save the file as usual when exiting (today is >2017-07-20< and
the file name used by GnuCash was:)

den.gnucash.20161107142750.gnucash.20161201140745.gnucash.20170208132409.gnucash.20170209101150.gnucash

What is even more strange is the fact that this file name NEVER change.
It's always the same and not related to the date.

Any comments ?

Den
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Re: GnuCash Files names

Buddha Buck
You probably also have a "den.gnucash", a
"den.gnucash.20161107142750.gnucash", a
"den.gnucash.20161107142750.gnucash.20161201140745.gnucash",
and a "den.gnucash.20161107142750.gnucash.20161201140745.gnucash.20170208132409.gnucash"
as well.

When you are using GnuCash to work on the file "foo.gnucash", GnuCash will
periodically save a backup file with the name
"foo.gnucash.<timestamp>.gnucash". It is easy to get lots of these backup
files with varying timestamps in your data directory.

If you open up the backup file instead of your original data file, so you
are working on "foo.gnucash.<timestamp1>.gnucash", GnuCash will create
backup files with the name
"foo.gnucash.<timestamp1>.gnucash.<timestamp2>.gnucash". If you decide to
use that backup file instead of either your original data file or the first
backup file, you'll get three timestamps in the filename. It appears that
you ended up working on the backup of the backup of the backup of the
backup (for a total of 4 timestamps).

This can be a problem if you have been putting transactions into the
original file after you first started using the backup file instead. In
that case, there are unique transactions in two different files that have
to get (manually) merged.

If you are satisfied that the den.gnucash.20161107142750.gnu
cash.20161201140745.gnucash.20170208132409.gnucash.20170209101150.gnucash
file is complete and accurate, then I would suggest renaming it to
something simpler (like den2.gnucash) and deleting all the other gnucash
files that are confusing things.

There is a setting that controls how often it makes a backup, and how long
it keeps them around.


On Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 1:24 PM Denis_gmail <[hidden email]> wrote:

> There is something I don't understand in the file names used by
> GnuCash.
>
> I must miss something...:-(
> Today I save the file as usual when exiting (today is >2017-07-20< and
> the file name used by GnuCash was:)
>
>
> den.gnucash.20161107142750.gnucash.20161201140745.gnucash.20170208132409.gnucash.20170209101150.gnucash
>
> What is even more strange is the fact that this file name NEVER change.
> It's always the same and not related to the date.
>
> Any comments ?
>
> Den
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Den
No wonder I was confused! Really appreciate your help and explanations
of what went wrong.
Just to be on the safe side I'll make a copy of all those files before
deleting.

Thanks again
Den



Le 2017-08-09 à 13:37, Buddha Buck a écrit :

> You probably also have a "den.gnucash", a
> "den.gnucash.20161107142750.gnucash", a
> "den.gnucash.20161107142750.gnucash.20161201140745.gnucash", and a
> "den.gnucash.20161107142750.gnucash.20161201140745.gnucash.20170208132409.gnucash"
> as well.
>
> When you are using GnuCash to work on the file "foo.gnucash", GnuCash
> will periodically save a backup file with the name
> "foo.gnucash.<timestamp>.gnucash". It is easy to get lots of these
> backup files with varying timestamps in your data directory.
>
> If you open up the backup file instead of your original data file, so
> you are working on "foo.gnucash.<timestamp1>.gnucash", GnuCash will
> create backup files with the name
> "foo.gnucash.<timestamp1>.gnucash.<timestamp2>.gnucash". If you decide
> to use that backup file instead of either your original data file or
> the first backup file, you'll get three timestamps in the filename. It
> appears that you ended up working on the backup of the backup of the
> backup of the backup (for a total of 4 timestamps).
>
> This can be a problem if you have been putting transactions into the
> original file after you first started using the backup file instead.
> In that case, there are unique transactions in two different files
> that have to get (manually) merged.
>
> If you are satisfied that the
> den.gnucash.20161107142750.gnucash.20161201140745.gnucash.20170208132409.gnucash.20170209101150.gnucash
> file is complete and accurate, then I would suggest renaming it to
> something simpler (like den2.gnucash) and deleting all the other
> gnucash files that are confusing things.
>
> There is a setting that controls how often it makes a backup, and how
> long it keeps them around.
>
>
> On Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 1:24 PM Denis_gmail <[hidden email]
> <mailto:[hidden email]>> wrote:
>
>     There is something I don't understand in the file names used by
>     GnuCash.
>
>     I must miss something...:-(
>     Today I save the file as usual when exiting (today is >2017-07-20< and
>     the file name used by GnuCash was:)
>
>     den.gnucash.20161107142750.gnucash.20161201140745.gnucash.20170208132409.gnucash.20170209101150.gnucash
>
>     What is even more strange is the fact that this file name NEVER
>     change.
>     It's always the same and not related to the date.
>
>     Any comments ?
>
>     Den
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Colin Law
Rather than renaming the current working file I suggest using File >
Save As to save it with the new name (make sure you are saving to the
right directory). Then when you open Gnucash the next time it will
automatically re-open that file.

Colin

On 9 August 2017 at 20:41, Denis_gmail <[hidden email]> wrote:

> No wonder I was confused! Really appreciate your help and explanations of
> what went wrong.
> Just to be on the safe side I'll make a copy of all those files before
> deleting.
>
> Thanks again
> Den
>
>
>
> Le 2017-08-09 à 13:37, Buddha Buck a écrit :
>>
>> You probably also have a "den.gnucash", a
>> "den.gnucash.20161107142750.gnucash", a
>> "den.gnucash.20161107142750.gnucash.20161201140745.gnucash", and a
>> "den.gnucash.20161107142750.gnucash.20161201140745.gnucash.20170208132409.gnucash"
>> as well.
>>
>> When you are using GnuCash to work on the file "foo.gnucash", GnuCash will
>> periodically save a backup file with the name
>> "foo.gnucash.<timestamp>.gnucash". It is easy to get lots of these backup
>> files with varying timestamps in your data directory.
>>
>> If you open up the backup file instead of your original data file, so you
>> are working on "foo.gnucash.<timestamp1>.gnucash", GnuCash will create
>> backup files with the name
>> "foo.gnucash.<timestamp1>.gnucash.<timestamp2>.gnucash". If you decide to
>> use that backup file instead of either your original data file or the first
>> backup file, you'll get three timestamps in the filename. It appears that
>> you ended up working on the backup of the backup of the backup of the backup
>> (for a total of 4 timestamps).
>>
>> This can be a problem if you have been putting transactions into the
>> original file after you first started using the backup file instead. In that
>> case, there are unique transactions in two different files that have to get
>> (manually) merged.
>>
>> If you are satisfied that the
>> den.gnucash.20161107142750.gnucash.20161201140745.gnucash.20170208132409.gnucash.20170209101150.gnucash
>> file is complete and accurate, then I would suggest renaming it to something
>> simpler (like den2.gnucash) and deleting all the other gnucash files that
>> are confusing things.
>>
>> There is a setting that controls how often it makes a backup, and how long
>> it keeps them around.
>>
>>
>> On Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 1:24 PM Denis_gmail <[hidden email]
>> <mailto:[hidden email]>> wrote:
>>
>>     There is something I don't understand in the file names used by
>>     GnuCash.
>>
>>     I must miss something...:-(
>>     Today I save the file as usual when exiting (today is >2017-07-20< and
>>     the file name used by GnuCash was:)
>>
>>
>> den.gnucash.20161107142750.gnucash.20161201140745.gnucash.20170208132409.gnucash.20170209101150.gnucash
>>
>>     What is even more strange is the fact that this file name NEVER
>>     change.
>>     It's always the same and not related to the date.
>>
>>     Any comments ?
>>
>>     Den
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Den
Yes it did ask for the old name. But I finally manage to get things in
order and delete a huge number of files.
What a difference ;-)
Thanks Colin


Le 2017-08-09 à 16:12, Colin Law a écrit :

> Rather than renaming the current working file I suggest using File >
> Save As to save it with the new name (make sure you are saving to the
> right directory). Then when you open Gnucash the next time it will
> automatically re-open that file.
>
> Colin
>
> On 9 August 2017 at 20:41, Denis_gmail <[hidden email]> wrote:
>> No wonder I was confused! Really appreciate your help and explanations of
>> what went wrong.
>> Just to be on the safe side I'll make a copy of all those files before
>> deleting.
>>
>> Thanks again
>> Den
>>
>>
>>
>> Le 2017-08-09 à 13:37, Buddha Buck a écrit :
>>> You probably also have a "den.gnucash", a
>>> "den.gnucash.20161107142750.gnucash", a
>>> "den.gnucash.20161107142750.gnucash.20161201140745.gnucash", and a
>>> "den.gnucash.20161107142750.gnucash.20161201140745.gnucash.20170208132409.gnucash"
>>> as well.
>>>
>>> When you are using GnuCash to work on the file "foo.gnucash", GnuCash will
>>> periodically save a backup file with the name
>>> "foo.gnucash.<timestamp>.gnucash". It is easy to get lots of these backup
>>> files with varying timestamps in your data directory.
>>>
>>> If you open up the backup file instead of your original data file, so you
>>> are working on "foo.gnucash.<timestamp1>.gnucash", GnuCash will create
>>> backup files with the name
>>> "foo.gnucash.<timestamp1>.gnucash.<timestamp2>.gnucash". If you decide to
>>> use that backup file instead of either your original data file or the first
>>> backup file, you'll get three timestamps in the filename. It appears that
>>> you ended up working on the backup of the backup of the backup of the backup
>>> (for a total of 4 timestamps).
>>>
>>> This can be a problem if you have been putting transactions into the
>>> original file after you first started using the backup file instead. In that
>>> case, there are unique transactions in two different files that have to get
>>> (manually) merged.
>>>
>>> If you are satisfied that the
>>> den.gnucash.20161107142750.gnucash.20161201140745.gnucash.20170208132409.gnucash.20170209101150.gnucash
>>> file is complete and accurate, then I would suggest renaming it to something
>>> simpler (like den2.gnucash) and deleting all the other gnucash files that
>>> are confusing things.
>>>
>>> There is a setting that controls how often it makes a backup, and how long
>>> it keeps them around.
>>>
>>>
>>> On Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 1:24 PM Denis_gmail <[hidden email]
>>> <mailto:[hidden email]>> wrote:
>>>
>>>      There is something I don't understand in the file names used by
>>>      GnuCash.
>>>
>>>      I must miss something...:-(
>>>      Today I save the file as usual when exiting (today is >2017-07-20< and
>>>      the file name used by GnuCash was:)
>>>
>>>
>>> den.gnucash.20161107142750.gnucash.20161201140745.gnucash.20170208132409.gnucash.20170209101150.gnucash
>>>
>>>      What is even more strange is the fact that this file name NEVER
>>>      change.
>>>      It's always the same and not related to the date.
>>>
>>>      Any comments ?
>>>
>>>      Den
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