|Summary:||--empty option does not work|
|Product:||Ledger||Reporter:||Owen Heisler <owenh000>|
|Component:||report||Assignee:||John Wiegley <johnw>|
Description Owen Heisler 2017-03-16 16:44:17 UTC
The `--empty` option has no effect on the output of the `balance` command. I expect the `--empty` option to cause the `balance` report to display all accounts that have been declared with the `account` command, even if they are zero balance or are parent accounts. Here is an example journal. ~~~ account Assets account Expenses account Expenses:Clothing account Expenses:Food account Income 2017-03-15 Employer Income $-100 Assets $100 2017-03-15 Restaurant Assets $-20 Expenses:Food $20 ~~~ Ledger shows the same balance report with or without `--empty`: ~~~ $ ledger --no-total --empty balance $80 Assets $20 Expenses:Food $-100 Income ~~~ ~~~ $ ledger --version | head -n1 Ledger 3.1.1-20160111, the command-line accounting tool ~~~ This is the expected output: ~~~ $ ledger --no-total --empty balance # EXAMPLE $80 Assets $20 Expenses 0 Clothing $20 Food $-100 Income ~~~ Thank you!
Comment 1 Owen Heisler 2017-03-26 01:06:42 UTC
See the discussion on the mailing list also: <https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/ledger-cli/86QkKpMrluU> The conclusion there, as I understand it, is this: if the `--empty` option is used, then a dummy transaction should be injected for each account specified by the `account` directive. It would need to have an amount of integer 0, and would not need any matching account (with a zero amount, it would already be balanced). Here are the relevant quotes: John Wiegley wrote at 2017-03-17 17:26 -0500: >So maybe what we need to do is inject some dummy "Starting balance" >transactions, that simply draw from Equity:Opening Balances in the amount >of integer 0. and John Wiegley wrote at 2017-03-17 22:37 -0500: >Actually, since the dummy transaction is a posting in the amount of zero, I >suppose it doesn't need to balance with anything else.