This looks like an error in givin the filename of the file to import.

As you use Ubuntu, upgrade to version 3.0.1 of GRAMPS, you find a package on our website. The importer has been rewritten, so the error will probably not exist anymore.


2008/7/11 John Carter <>:
"User Information:

I attempted to import a GED file created by Family Tree Maker 2005 in Windows.

Error Details:

2236436: ERROR: line 148: Unhandled exception
Traceback (most recent call last):
 File "/usr/share/gramps/", line 886, in import_data
 File "/usr/share/gramps/", line 311, in import_file
   filename = Utils.get_unicode_path(choose.get_filename())
 File "/usr/share/gramps/", line 350, in get_unicode_path
   return unicode(path,sys.getfilesystemencoding())
TypeError: coercing to Unicode: need string or buffer, NoneType found

System Information:

Python version: 2.5.2 (r252:60911, Apr 21 2008, 11:12:42) [GCC 4.2.3 (Ubuntu 4.2.3-2ubuntu7)]
BSDDB version:
Gramps version: 2.2.10-1
OS: Linux
Distribution: 2.6.24-18-generic

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