Moving to a new computer

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15 Mar, 2021 07:57 PM

Hello I just upgrade to MD 2021 . All went well. I'm running Slackware current.
Next I want to move to a new computer.
I read the article "Moving to a new computer" but found it wasn't clear to me exactly which files are required.
I really don't want to move any garbage that is in my .moneydance directory to my nice new computer.
My machine was been through many moneydance upgrades and I think there is some garbage left in the .moneydance folder that
can be deleted but I'm not certain. for example there is an account called :5af2a702-b7a1-4fbf-936e-96d46c816477.tempmoneydance
with a 2019 date on it. I think this was created when I upgraded to MD 2019. I have tried to summarize what is in my .moneydance directory in the attached spread sheet.
Thanks Wayne

  1. 1 Posted by dwg on 15 Mar, 2021 08:38 PM

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    I'm a fellow user.

    At the very least you need the directory Business Finance.moneydance and all sub folders and files under this. This represents you data set.

    The directory 5af2a702-b7a1-4fbf-936e-96d46c816477.tempmoneydance I do not believe was created by Moneydance, I have never seen it create files with this naming structure.

    The zip file looks obsolete.

    Assuming you wan to keep the same extensions and the same preferences I would be inclined to copy the whole .moneydance structure and then remove the above items to start with.

    As you do not use attachments I would be inclined to remove the files under this directory You of course still have the older machine so have a backup their as well as a copy on any media you used for the transfer.

    With the sizes you are reporting I do not see any burning need to prune the transaction archives, or incremental txn files. I do not envisage that they are using a lot of space.

  2. 2 Posted by waynelloydsmith on 20 Mar, 2021 07:06 PM

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    the three zip files
    /.moneydance/archive/Business 11.3 MiB 23/Oct/2015
    /.moneydance/archive/Personal 1.9MiB 29/Mar/2018
    /.moneydance/archive/Personal 4.6 MiB 29/Mar/2018
    Line up with the dates I upgraded moneydance so I think they are leftovers from these updates. So I will just delete them I guess.
    .moneydance/Documents/5af2a702-b7a1-4fbf936e-96d46c816477.tempmoneydance 18/Nov/2019
    is a mystery . It looks like the date I upgrade to mondance 2019.
    it is pretty much empty so I will try renaming it before I delete it too.
    .moneydance/Documents/Business Finances.moneydance/safe/archive
    du -h says 25M in 54 files . file dates are mostly 2019 . 9 are from 2020 and 3 from 2021.the file names range from 2015 to 2021 and are all *.mdtxnarchive
    not sure what these are. I guess 25M isn't the end of the world so I'll copy these over.
    cd .moneydance/Documents/Business Finances.moneydance/safe/tiksync/out
    du -h says 8.4M in 808 files so not a big deal.
    Now to look at the Personal account.
    .moneydance/Documents/Personal Finances.moneydance/safe/archive
    this achive only has one file in it. 201911.mdtxnarchive 1.9 MiB 08/Mar/2021
    du -h says 1.9 M. quite a difference from my Business Account archive.
    I know I have much more Stock Price history in the Business Account than in the Personal Account .maybe that's whats causing the Business archive to get so big.
    Cleaned up my footprint spreadsheet. Guess I'm ready for the switch over now.

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