moving moneydance to new computer (well, new harddrive with upgraded operating system)

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Michael Papierniak

14 Apr, 2021 07:54 PM

I have upgraded my Suse linux system by installing latest version on a new hard drive. I have moved moneydance and it runs on the new hard drive but when I had it bring in the .qif file the date that it ends with is 1917. So this must be an old .qif file I created back when I did an earlier upgrade. What do I need to do in order to transfer the data from the moneydance on the older system to the moneydance running on the new upgraded system?
       Thanks for the help.

  1. 1 Posted by Michael Papiern... on 14 Apr, 2021 07:58 PM

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    In the linux version I am running when I click on Show Document Folder nothing is presented.
     Thanks for your assistance. The big issue is I am running Linux and not Windows.

  2. 2 Posted by dwg on 14 Apr, 2021 08:37 PM

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    I'm a fellow user.

    You should NOT be using a QIF file when upgrading between Moneydance versions, as QIF only contains raw transaction information you will lose other data. QIF is used as an interchange format when moving transactions between different vendor's products.

    The Infinite Kind has produced an article which describes moving between different computers.

  3. 3 Posted by Michael Papiern... on 15 Apr, 2021 03:51 AM

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    I found the data files in a folder mentioned in the article mentioned. It was in a hidden file .moneydance so it took some looking to locate maybe that is why the Show Files choice didn't show any results.

  4. 4 Posted by dwg on 15 Apr, 2021 09:18 PM

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    Any show files option at the Operating system level would be expected to not show anything unless you chose to display hidden files/folder. However the Show Document Folder option in Moneydance will display the files within the hidden folder.

  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by Ethan on 17 Apr, 2021 09:56 PM

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    It sounds like you managed to find your main data file, and open it on your new system? Let us know if that's not the case.

    Infinite Kind Support

  6. Ethan closed this discussion on 17 Apr, 2021 09:56 PM.

  7. Michael re-opened this discussion on 17 Apr, 2021 11:59 PM

  8. 6 Posted by Michael on 17 Apr, 2021 11:59 PM

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    I did find what I needed, at least it worked.  On my Linux system there
    was a hidden directory .moneydance and there were three directories in
    there and not sure what files were needed but I just copied the whole
    directory and it worked.  I like to know specifically what files etc. I
    should copy, don't want to copy something that is not needed or worse
    can cause the system to not work.  This worked and I am up and running.

           Thanks for checking.


  9. 7 Posted by dwg on 18 Apr, 2021 03:24 AM

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    The answer is it "depends"

    At the very least you want the data. Each data set is represented by a folder structure underneath /.moneydance/documents The name of the folder within the documents directory is the name of your data set.

    If you want the same preferences you would copy the config.dict file and again if you want you custom theme you copy the theme file. the folder fmodules contains the extensions you have installed.

  10. 8 Posted by Michael on 18 Apr, 2021 03:42 AM

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    Thanks that is what I was looking for.

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