Ledger is a pretty sweet finance system that fits my style of all text all the time. Only problem is that installing ledger 3.0 is a bit of a pain on RedHat 6. It doesn’t have any native packages, and the 2.x branch is pretty much dead. To install it you need to compile it yourself, and of course it uses a newer version of some tools so it’s a multi step process. Here is how I did it.
Install Yum prereqs
Some stuff is provided by yum, but in case run the following
yum groupinstall "Development Tools"
yum install cmake cmake28
yum install mpfr*
Download boost 1.46.1 – I had issues with 1.52, and while they may have been caused by other things, this works. extract it
tar -zxf boot_1_46_1.tar.gz
Now it’s time to compile and install
Now it’s time to install ledger, the instructions are almost the same as on the github page
git clone git://github.com/jwiegley/ledger.git
git checkout -b master origin/master
./acprep update make install
You should now be able to use ledger 3.0 If you have any trouble feel free to leave a comment or contact me on irc.