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Quick notes for compiling GIMP 2.5.0 on Ubuntu 7.10

By at 2008-04-11 18:17:47 UTC, last updated almost 14 years ago. CC BY-NC License

GIMP 2.5.0 has been released and you are curious what’s new? You can compile it yourself and try it out.

But please note: GIMP 2.5.0 is a development version, that means it should only be used for testing and not for production use. Don’t make useless bug reports to the developers.

Basic procedure:

1) Install the necessary packages to compile programs. Make sure gcc, g++, ruby (for the docs), and the development versions of some basic libraries are installed. If one of the “configure” processes below fails because it needs a certain library, install it. For instance, if configure tells you “Can’t find xxx”, install “libxxx-dev”.

2) Download these tarballs from the respective file servers (take the most recent version): BABL, GLib, GEGL, Gtk+, GIMP

3) Extract BABL, “./configure —prefix=/opt/gimp-2.5”, “make”, “sudo make install”

4) Extract GLib, “./configure —prefix=/opt/gimp-2.5”, “make”, “sudo make install”

5) Make binaries, includes, libraries in /opt/gimp-2.5 available for use:
export PATH=/opt/gimp-2.5/bin:$PATH
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/opt/gimp-2.5/lib
export PKG_CONFIG_PATH=/opt/gimp-2.5/lib/pkgconfig

6) Extract GEGL, “./configure —prefix=/opt/gimp-2.5”, “make”, “sudo make install”

7) Extract Gtk+, “./configure —prefix=/opt/gimp-2.5”, “make”, “sudo make install”

8) Extract GIMP, “configure —prefix=/opt/gimp-2.5”, “make”, “sudo make install”

9) Enjoy with “/opt/gimp-2.5/bin/gimp-2.5”


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redforce member for almost 16 years redforce 230 comments
almost 14 years ago

If you get this error when compiling GIMP 2.6, just ignore it (make install should work):

gcc .libs/2geglbuffer.o -o .libs/2geglbuffer -Wl,--export-dynamic -pthread ../gegl/.libs/ -L/opt/gimp-2.5/lib /opt/gimp-2.5/lib/ /opt/gimp-2.5/lib/ /opt/gimp-2.5/lib/ -ldl /opt/gimp-2.5/lib/ -lrt /opt/gimp-2.5/lib/ /opt/gimp-2.5/lib/ -lm -Wl,--rpath -Wl,/opt/gimp-2.5/lib
.libs/2geglbuffer.o: In function `main':
2geglbuffer.c:(.text+0x31): undefined reference to `gtk_init'
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status

ccbarr member for over 14 years ccbarr 1 comment
over 14 years ago

I used the outlined method and I was able to install the unstable version successfully with no problems.