Ledger 3.3.2 change in commodity format sub-directive handling

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Scott Carpenter

Jun 4, 2023, 8:23:06 AMJun 4
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After updating to 3.3.2, I was getting errors like this with my commodities:

While parsing file <something.ldg>, line 6:
Error: commodity directive symbol abc and format directive symbol  should be the same

Note the two spaces between "symbol" and "should". Looks like there is no format directive symbol. Commodities look like this:

commodity $
    format $ 1,000.00

commodity abc
    format 1,000.000000

commodity xyz
    format 1,000.000

And many more entries. I've been using these for many years. Every format line after the first one produced an error like the above when I ran the file through ledger.

Adding the commodity to the format line makes the error go away:

commodity abc
    format abc 1,000.000000

Was I doing it wrong all this time and just getting away with it?

Figured I'd share as an FYI that something changed with this, and to help others that might run into the same error.

Thank you!

Scott Carpenter

Jun 4, 2023, 9:00:14 AMJun 4
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I see now that if I use, say:

commodity xyz
    format 1,000.000 xyz

Putting the commodity last, things behave the same  as before with my output.

Martin Michlmayr

Jun 4, 2023, 11:30:13 AMJun 4
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I think this works as expected (now), but maybe it needs to be
documented better. "format" requires an example of how the commodity
is to be used - you have to include the commodity because some people
(or regions) put it before the number and some people after.

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Scott Carpenter

Jun 4, 2023, 12:06:47 PMJun 4
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Thanks, Martin. And thanks for all the work you do with maintaining things and managing these releases!


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