On 2/11/2018 10:04 PM, Jonathan Ames wrote:
No, "commercial products" are equally unlikely to save the data "in the
application". Another application MIGHT have some default DATA location
where it does its saves (I will give examples in a moment) but note that
this is practical/possible ONLY if able to make the assumption that
there will be only ONE "data file".
Thanks, all, for advice. Just not happening, though. I can see the latest
file in a directory, but get "file not found" when clicking on it. By now,
a lot of lost work. Am I correct in assuming that unlike commercial
software, gnucash doesn't save itself back to the application
automatically, even if you "save" automatically? In other words, what
you're paying for is not to deal with the log files, but to save and then
later click on the icon and have it be where and as you left it?
Take something like FireFox (I am intentionally choosing a
non-commercial app to show you that "commercial" has nothing to do with
this). When you install the program (well first time run as opposed to
install) it creates a data directory in the "application data" directory
and that is where it will store things. It is "first time run" because
almost all modern operating systems support multiple users. So when
opened (by a user) it looks in the expected place, if found, it uses
that data, if not found decides "ah, first time for this user" and
creates it << that process allowing the user to choose various
preferences which will be saved there >>
Gnucash cannot do this because it supports MULTIPLE BOOKS. Only some of
its data can be saved in a common location.
So the first time you save a set of books you have to tell gnucash
"where to put THIS one" (what to call it, what directory will it live
in, etc.) Perhaps you are also thinking about the "did not create an
shortcut icon on my desktop" at the same time. That again is behavior
more useful IF can assume that there would be only one. If you want
icons on your desktop acting as shortcuts to your files, create them.
Michael D Novack
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