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Old 05-20-2004, 07:20 PM   #1
Registered: May 2004
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Error Trying to Run GnuCash 1.8.9 in Slack 9.1

Hello Everyone,

I'm a newbie so please bear with me. I'm trying to use gnucash 1.8.9 with Slack 9.1 (my first OS install -- my first linux install -- been using it about three weeks now).

I followed the download and installation instructions at, which basically means I did the following:

I installed the 8.1 packages and guppi as shown in the list in the above-mentioned website.

I then extracted the older version of slib and then moved the slib directory to /usr/share/guile/1.6.

I then created a .tgz file with checkinstall and installed g-wrap-1.3.4.

I then executed the following with no problem:

3. As root, enter the command: guile -l /usr/share/guile/1.6/slib/guile.init
4. At the guile prompt, type: (require 'new-catalog).
5. Then, exit guile by typing: (exit).

(The above instructions are from the webiste at . Question: Why aren't many of the steps in the instructions at that website included in the instructions in the first link I gave above??).

I then installed gnucash 1.8.9.tgz file from

Then I tried to run the program from /usr/local/bin/gnucash as root and I get the error:

ERROR: In procedure substring:
ERROR: Argument 3 out of range: -1

Can someone please tell me where I went wrong and how I should correct this? Is there some way I can "back out" the programs and re-install? How should I approach this?

Thanks for your help,
Old 06-08-2004, 02:12 PM   #2
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Try going to and see if they have a package for it, thats how I got mine to work. GNUCash is so hard to install sometimes, I wish they'd make it easier.
Old 06-08-2004, 03:34 PM   #3
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Yes, the problem is the dependencies from an older version of Gnome. It would be better if Gnucash kept up with the newer versions.

Which files did you download? Did you just download the files as indicated on the Gnucash website?

I think it might be easier to use Moneydance until Gnucash gets up to speed. Moneydance costs $15, but it's a nice little java-based program that does the trick. Gnucash just looks like it might have slicker user interface.



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