What is Perl?

Perl is a high-level, general-purpose, interpreted, dynamic programming language. Perl was originally developed by Larry Wall in 1987 [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perl ]

Perl 5 is a highly capable, feature-rich programming language with over 24 years of development.

Learn Perl

Should I install LedgerSMB modules in /usr/share or /usr/local?

In general: neither. The advice is to have the full source tree in /opt/ledgersmb/<version>.

Select all parts in orders

All parts in order, from '2012-04-21' and '2012-04-22':

select p.partnumber, count(*), sum(qty) from orderitems o join parts p on p.id = o.parts_id where trans_id in (select id from oe where not closed and transdate between '2012-04-21' and '2012-04-22') group by p.partnumber;

How do the templates work? [PDF, PS, Latex]

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The PDF and PS invoices are generated using a program called LaTeX which handles the layout and typesetting. The actual LaTeX files are creating using Template Toolkit with extensions for LaTeX. These extensions are in the Template::Latex package available from CPAN. The software then generates a LaTeX file which is then processed to create a PDF or PS.

How to clone database with no financial transactions?

Copy db :
In psql or your sql client:

Note this will clone everything.
If you want to get rid of the transactions, you will need to delete everything in the acc_trans, ar, ap, and gl tables.

Also if goods and services are used, delete from invoice and inventory as well, and if wishing to clear out all orders, delete from
orderitems and oe.

Where can I buy consulting and services?

Is there a place where we could buy some consulting for LedgerSMB?
or a minimal setup according to our specs?

Take a look at Commercial Support

Is LedgersSMB free software?

Yes, its Open source. The tools we use (Perl, PostsgreSQL, Apache ++) is also Open source.
Open source means that the source code of the software is available for free to everyone and you can modify the code and distribute it yourself. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_source

Can VAT be automatically be split off into the required VAT accounts?

Short answer: Yes

LedgerSMB can tie product sales to a tax class so that VAT can automatically be split off into the required VAT accounts on a sale, and when cancelling an invoice, automatically perform the reverse bookings.

Each product can be 'attached' to an account and the associated % will be applied automatically.

How do I get admin.pl to work? (./Build test errors)

(admin.pl is replaced with setup.pl in LedgerSMB v. 1.3.x and upwards)

I am trying to install ledgerSMB on SuSE 11.1 and have followed the INSTALL and README documents to do so, and have also installed all dependencies.

When I get to the following instruction I get some errors.

$ ./Build test

The errors are seen in the last few lines of output following the instruction. I list them below. Note that prior to these last few lines are many lines starting with "BEGIN failed--compilation aborted ..."

What are the IRC guidelines

We ask that all IRC members follow the Ubuntu Code of Conduct.

We also ask that you always use a paste site when pasting more than 2-3 lines. Paste sites include:


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