GNUCash 2.0 on Ubuntu Dapper

It’s that time of the month again when I have to do a VAT return, so my attention is drawn towards accounting software for Linux. Having just got the latest and greatest version of GNUCash installed on Ubuntu I’d like to share how I did it:

  1. Open http://www.yourfilelink.com/get.php?fid=151771 and http://www.yourfilelink.com/get.php?fid=151772 and download gnucash-common_2.0.1-1_all.deb and gnucash_2.0.1-1_i386.deb from there. (via)
  2. Install the .deb files using the following command: sudo dpkg -i gnucash-common_2.0.1-1_all.deb gnucash_2.0.1-1_i386.deb
  3. You may get an error like this:
    dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of gnucash:
    gnucash depends on g-wrap; however:
    Package g-wrap is not installed.
    dpkg: error processing gnucash (–install):
    dependency problems – leaving unconfigured
    Errors were encountered while processing:
    gnucash

    If you do, run the command sudo apt-get -f install which will download g-wrap guile-1.6-dev guile-library libffi4-dev libgwrap-runtime0-dev libncurses5-dev libreadline5-dev and any other dependencies.

  4. Finally, you’ll be greeted with the following message:
    Setting up libgwrap-runtime0-dev (1.9.6-3) …
    Setting up g-wrap (1.9.6-3) …
    Setting up gnucash (2.0.1-1) …

Happy budgeting and accounting!

While on the subject of VAT, since Google is a US company, Europeans don’t have to pay VAT on our Adsense earnings, yet. This article by Jennifer Slegg suggests that some EU countries may decide to charge VAT on online earnings. That’s a little crazy because Google doesn’t add VAT to the invoices of European publishers. If something like that happened in Ireland I’d be out of pocket by an extra 21% plus the normal 42% tax I pay on earnings at the top level. Ouch. (via)


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7 thoughts on “GNUCash 2.0 on Ubuntu Dapper


  1. The stable 1.8.12 is available but 2.0 had a lot of new features and it’s worth the effort installing it!
    2.0 came out shortly before Dapper was released so I’m guessing there wasn’t enough time to include it.


  2. Are there any special tweaks that need to be done, perhaps to /etc/apt/sources.list? I’m new to ubuntu & just installed Dapper. When I ran the apt-get command, instead of retrieving the dependencies, it wanted to remove gnucash. Instead, I started pulling down each of the dependencies manually, got about 10 done before the list was growing faster than I could keep up, and finally gave up.

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