Ledger: Command-Line Accounting
Ledger is a powerful, double-entry accounting system that is accessed from the UNIX command-line. This may put off some users, since there is no flashy UI, but for those who want unparalleled reporting access to their data there are few alternatives.
For the Impatient
I know, you just want to build and play. If you have all the dependencies installed (see below), then simply do this:
git clone git://github.com/ledger/ledger.git cd ledger && ./acprep update # Update to the latest, configure, make
Now try your first ledger command:
./ledger -f test/input/sample.dat reg
To the Rest
If you're reading this file, you have in your hands the Bleeding Edge. This may very well not be what you want, since it's not guaranteed to be in a functionally complete state. It's under active development, and may change in any way at any time.
What you may prefer is the current stable release, or the current beta branch. The BETA is what I prefer people use, since I still have a chance to fix major bugs that you find. Just e-mail me, or post to the mailing list, they'll become a part of my work list.
|RELEASE||git checkout v2.6.3|
|CURRENT||git checkout maint|
|BETA||git checkout -b master origin/master|
|ALPHA||git checkout -b next origin/next|
There are also several topic branches which contain experimental features, though none of these are guaranteed to compile. Best to chat with me on IRC or via the mailing list before going too much further with those.
If you wish to proceed in this venture, you'll need a few dependencies. The easiest way to get them for your platform is to run:
If that doesn't completely work, here are the dependencies for building the
|doxygen||188.8.131.52||optional, for make docs|
|graphviz||2.20.3||optional, for make docs|
|texinfo||4.13||optional, for make docs|
|lcov||1.6||optional, for make report, used with /./acprep gcov|
|sloccount||2.26||optional, for make sloc|
And for building the current
If you build stuff using MacPorts on OS X, as I do, here is what you would run:
sudo port install -f cmake python26 libiconv +universal zlib +universal gmp +universal mpfr +universal ncurses +universal ncursesw +universal gettext +universal libedit +universal boost-jam boost +st+python26+icu texlive doxygen graphviz texinfo lcov sloccount
If you're going to build on Ubuntu,
sudo apt-get install ... the
following packages (current as of Ubuntu 12.04):
sudo apt-get install build-essential cmake zlib1g-dev libbz2-dev python-dev gettext libgmp3-dev libmpfr-dev libboost-dev libboost-regex-dev libboost-date-time-dev libboost-filesystem-dev libboost-python-dev texinfo lcov sloccount libboost-iostreams-dev libboost-test-dev
Or, for Ubuntu Karmic:
sudo apt-get install build-essential cmake texinfo python-dev zlib1g-dev libbz2-dev libgmp3-dev bjam gettext cvs libboost1.40-dev libboost-regex1.40-dev libboost-date-time1.40-dev libboost-filesystem1.40-dev libmpfr-dev
Debian squeeze (6.0): the version of boost in squeeze is too old for ledger and unfortunately no backport is available at the moment.
Debian wheezy (7.0) contains all components needed to build ledger. You can install all required build dependencies using the following command:
sudo apt-get install build-essential cmake autopoint texinfo python-dev zlib1g-dev libbz2-dev libgmp3-dev gettext libmpfr-dev libboost-date-time1.49-dev libboost-filesystem1.49-dev libboost-graph1.49-dev libboost-iostreams1.49-dev libboost-python1.49-dev libboost-regex1.49-dev libboost-test1.49-dev
The next step is preparing your environment for building. While you can use
cmake . and make, I've prepared a script that does a lot more of the
footwork for you:
./acprep update # or, if you want to use the Boost libraries with suffix -mt, install in # $HOME/local and build with 2 processes in parallel ./acprep update --boost-suffix=-mt --prefix=$HOME/local -j2
Please read the contents of
config.log if the configure step fails. Also,
help subcommand to
acprep, which explains some of its many
options. It's pretty much the only command I run for configuring, building
and testing Ledger.
You can run
make check to confirm the result, and
make install to install.
Now that you're up and running, here are a few resources to keep in mind:
If you have ideas you'd like to share, the best way is either to e-mail me a patch (I prefer attachments over pasted text), or to get an account on GitHub. Once you do, fork the Ledger project, hack as much as you like, then send me a pull request via GitHub.