Q Mac Attack of the zombie "Bank Messages".
Every time Quicken does a direct connect to my bank, it downloads a pile of “Bank Messages". They’re duplicates duplicates duplicates duplicates duplicates duplicates.
Quicken is collecting an ever-growing amount of “Bank Messages". Like zombies, these old messages came back from the dead. And now they're reproducing. And they can't be killed.
History: A few years ago, I used QMac 2007 to exchange a few messages with my bank (Bank of America). The bank answered my question; I deleted the messages. They went away. Good.
Now that I've upgraded to Quicken 2019, those old messages have come back from the dead.
Although the Bank of America web site claims that I have no messages, Quicken isn't convinced. It keeps giving birth to zombie messages. If I select the Window->"Bank Messages" menu item, Quicken will display hundreds of identical messages.
And every time that Quicken connects to my bank, that list grows longer.
There seem to be three bugs here:
- Bank of America is sending deleted messages in its OFX stream. The messages are correctly tagged in the OFX stream with dates from years ago, so they can argue that they're doing nothing wrong, but...
- Quicken 2019 doesn't ignore duplicate messages. Every day, it downloads the same set of messages and thinks that they're all unique, so it adds them to its endlessly-growing list.
- Quicken 2019 doesn't know how to delete a bank message. There's no UI for that. (Or maybe there is, and it's super-secret. All we know is that there's no menu item nor mouse action nor keyboard shortcut, nor is it documented.)
Has anybody ever faced this problem? How did you deal with it? (Bonus points if your answer doesn't involve sqlite3. Double bonus points if you know what that means.)