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.
Ledger shows the same balance report with or without `--empty`:
$ ledger --no-total --empty balance
$ 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
See the discussion on the mailing list also:
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.
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.