Linux Version not starting

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neville

20 Jul, 2010 02:19 PM

Hi
I have downloaded and installed Moneydance_linux_x86wj.tar.gz via the installer (not the terminal). It installs OK and shows in the Applications menu but when I click Moneydance in the menu nothing happens. I have checked the Application - Edit Menus and in Properties it states: Application ; Name - Moneydance; Command - /home/neville/moneydance/Moneydance. (Copy of TXT file for launcher attached)

Searching via the file system with the same path produces - Type: shell script (application/x-shellscript); Size 10Kb ; All Permissions Read and Write and Open with Gedit. I am missing something? Have you considered placing the software in a Linux Repository

I can of course utilise Wine to open a windows version but would prefer to solve this problem in Linux. My laptop works with Windows Vista.

Great product, changed after 15 years with Quicken and after three days have stopped running the two in parallel.

Regards

Neville

  1. 1 Posted by neville on 20 Jul, 2010 02:41 PM

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    Hi

    Moved on with the problem. Although your instructions indicate that Java will be downloaded, it was not. I have since installed Jamvm without problems and now the program starts but as I try to open a file I get an error message : Java.lang.NullPointerException. Any ideas?

    Regards

    Neville

  2. 2 Posted by Ben Spencer on 20 Jul, 2010 02:48 PM

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    Hi Neville

    What file are you trying to open? Is it a moneydance data file with a .md extension? If it is a QIF file produced by quicken it should be imported rather than opened. Select File->Import->QIF. here is an article that describes the import QIF process.

    http://help.infinitekind.com/faqs/importing-from-quicken-or-ms-mone...

    If it is a .md file you are trying to open could you give me a screenshot of the entire error message.

    Sincerely
    Ben Spencer

  3. 3 Posted by neville on 20 Jul, 2010 03:06 PM

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    Ben

    It was the program file - see my later post.

    I have now got to the Moneydance page that asks what kind of file I want to
    open and then I get a java.lang.NullException error message.

    The original problem was due to Java not being installed with the Moneydance
    program I have now installed 'jamvm' Via Synaptic Manager. After loading
    this Java I then get the error message when trying to create a new
    file/account in Moneydance.

    Just installing Sun Java 6 re to see if this helps.

    Regards

    Neville

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  4. 4 Posted by Ben Spencer on 20 Jul, 2010 03:12 PM

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    Hi Neville

    My response was relating to your second post regarding the null pointer exception. Do you get this error when you try to open a file if so which file are you trying to open. Or do you get this message when you try to create a new file. If so please send me a screenshot of the entire error message.

    What java VM did you install? If you did not install the java VM from sun I highly recommend that you use that one.

    Ben

  5. 5 Posted by neville on 20 Jul, 2010 03:14 PM

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    Ben

    Working on two machine at present!

    Installing Sun Java seems to have fixed the problem.

    Many thanks for the quick response.

    Regards

    Neville

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  6. 6 Posted by Ben Spencer on 20 Jul, 2010 03:21 PM

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    You are welcome. Let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

    Sincerely
    Ben Spencer

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  9. 7 Posted by neville on 20 Jul, 2010 03:51 PM

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    Ben

    Sorry one more slight problem with my Linux install.

    On my Windows version I have used the UK updater for my Investments -
    yahooqt2beta4 I can find the folder via my desktop in Linux but how do I
    import via the 'add extension via file' command in Moneydance.

    Do I need to extract the files, if so how? I am not sure how this works in
    Linux.

    Regards

    Neville

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  10. 8 Posted by Ben Spencer on 20 Jul, 2010 05:18 PM

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    Hi Neville

    You do need to extract the yahooqt2beta4.zip You should be able to do this by right clicking on it and selecting "Extract here" although that may vary depending on the distribution of linux you are using. Once extracted you should see a folder called yahooqt2beta4. You should run moneydance and select Extensions->Add. Select "from file" and browse to the folder yahooqt2beta4, select the file called yahooqt.mxt

    Ben

  11. 9 Posted by neville on 21 Jul, 2010 09:33 AM

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    Ben

    Hi it's me again, hope it is OK to email direct on a different problem.

    I am trying to save my md files from my desktop running md on linux (Ubuntu
    10.4) to an external HDD that is attached to my laptop on a home network
    running Windows Vista.

    When I click 'save as' in md (on linux m/c) it shows all the usual linux
    places such as Desktop etc but does not show the network or the HDD when
    clicking 'all files'. I have followed the Ubuntu instruction to make the
    network visible in programs on the linux machine and have saved files to the
    HDD so I know it can be done (via .gvfs) but this folder does not show in
    md.

    Any ideas?

    Regards

    Neville

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  12. 10 Posted by Ben Spencer on 21 Jul, 2010 01:50 PM

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    Hi Nevile

    The Moneydance save dialogue does not show hidden files or folders. .gvfs is a hidden folder. One thing you could do would be to create a symbolic link to .gvfs that is not hidden. For example enter the following command in a terminal:

    ln -s networkdrives ./.gvfs

    If you enter this from within you home folder you will create a symbolic link called networkdrives that points at the hidden folder .gvfs. You can then browse to networkdrives from the save dialogue in Moneydance.

    A better solution would be to make a mount entry in your fstab file that would mount the network drive at boot. Though I think the details of that are a little out of the scope of this forum.

    Sincerely
    Ben Spencer

  13. 11 Posted by neville on 21 Jul, 2010 03:00 PM

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    Ben

    Thanks for this. I have about 50% success with terminal input in Linux but still working on it.

    I have found a program called Dropbox which can be installed on windows and linux machine and on linux it puts the folder in my home folder, which is then visible in MD. I can access from my windows laptop (after installing there) using an account that you set up. Rather like Google Docs I suspect. My question is do you have a view on how secure these type of systems are?

    Regards

    Neville

  14. 12 Posted by Ben Spencer on 21 Jul, 2010 03:23 PM

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    Hi Neville

    I actually use' Dropbox myself quite a bit. Transmission to and from the dropbox server is encrypted and the files are stored encrypted on their server as well with 256bit encryption keys. I feel quite safe using the service.

    Ben

  15. 13 Posted by neville on 21 Jul, 2010 03:35 PM

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    Ben

    OK thanks. Will still persevere with the terminal solution I need to master this methodology with Linux.

    No more questions at present, busy recommending MD to friends, really happy with it.

    Regards

    Neville

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