GnuCash 3.3 on MacOS Mojave

A week ago as I pondered upgrading to MacOS Mojave I wondered would I be able to use GnuCash on which I’ve grown to depend. Some of the research I had done on support sites indicated that the older 2.xx version of GnuCash that I was using on MacOS High Sierra might not work. I took the necessary steps to back up my files and then set out for the upgrade.

Sure enough when I had completed the upgrade to Mojave, GnuCash would not launch. I had a backup plan to use GnuCash on a Linux laptop. However I did come across a support discussion that indicated that GnuCash 3.2 and 3.3 would work. I downloaded the image files from SourceForge and set to work. When I first launched the program my register fonts were very small. I remembered that in GnuCash 2.6 that I had to edit a configuration file in the home directory ~/’.gtkrc-2.0.gnucash‘. That configuration file let me specify a larger font and different typeface.

Now, however GnuCash 3.3 required a different configuration option which I am going to share. Once I created and edited this file my new installation worked fine and the register appeared more readable. To accomplish this you need to open a terminal on your Mac. In the terminal you need to change directories to the following: Library/Application\Support/Gnucash/config/gtk-3.0/. Once you’re in that directory you will need to create a file named, ‘gtk.css’. I created the file with the ‘touch’ command and then edited it with ‘nano’. The contents of that file gave me the results I was looking for. You can edit the font and point size to your own tastes.
{
font:12pt arial, sans-serif;
}

I hope this helps other GnuCash 3.3 users.

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A must read from a great writer

From the Corner of the OvalFrom the Corner of the Oval by Beck Dorey-Stein
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved the book. Beck Dorey-Stein is a great writer and I look forward to more of her work. This is a very interesting book and story of the Obama administration from an unlikely perspective.

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I love my new life

It’s been five years since I left public education and in that time I’ve realized how much I like my life as a part time writer in an open source community. I had been looking for a research job in my final years in public education. When it all ended I thought I’d never get a chance to do that. Now, however I get ample chances to research and write. I’m learning how to be a better writer and I’m surrounded by amazing people.

Besides writing I’ve been volunteering a lot in public libraries. Locally at Blount Library and regionally with the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System. I grew up next to a public library and in those pre-Internet days spent my free time there reading books and learning. Now, over fifty years later I have returned to those roots.

In addition to writing and volunteering at the library I still get chances to teach. Next month I’m going to be teaching adult students how to setup and use Raspberry Pi computers. I haven’t finished planning what I’m going to teach yet but I’m excited nonetheless for the opportunity.

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Mojave or not?

I’m trying to decide if I’m going to upgrade to Apple’s latest version of MacOS. Everything that I normally use is working probably most of the applications I use will work. One of my favorite applications is GnuCash.  It’s been a great replacement to Quicken. Does anyone out there in the blogosphere have any experience with upgrading to Mojave? Comments are welcome.

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The most powerful determinant of who you are is inside you

Educated: A MemoirEducated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A very engaging read from the beginning. It’s a great story of the power of education to transform the life of young woman who grew up in a fundamentalist family that disdained education and saw treachery and evil in government, medicine and much of what our society takes for granted.

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Be patient toward all that is unresolved in your heart.

The Promise of Paradox: A Celebration of Contradictions in the Christian LifeThe Promise of Paradox: A Celebration of Contradictions in the Christian Life by Parker J. Palmer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a great read and a must read if you’re a person who is not content with simplistic understandings of holiness. Parker Palmer is a master at unmasking truth. I loved this book from the outset. Like all of his books this one will have you questioning and reflecting on what you have experienced and what you believe about yourself and others.

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The only thing you get to keep is what you give away

Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings from the Road by Willie Nelson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I learned a lot about Willie Nelson that I never knew. I gained a lot of respect for him and for his work. He is now my favorite country artist. We need more Willie Nelson’s in this world.

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