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Old 08-27-2009, 10:04 AM   #1
em21701
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Smile GIMP only opens / saves XCF, solution.


When I installed Slackware 64 I fired up gimp I could only open/save the native XCF files. I googled for a while with no luck. I downloaded the latest stable source (and required dependencies) and built with src2pkg (this lets you build multi-core support BTW). I installed the new pkg and still had the same problem. More googling still turned up nothing. I turned to the #gimp channel on irc, where they were convinced that src2pkg was a useless script and I should just build it manually. I knew that there had to be something simple I was missing.

The Solution:
The plugins that handle opening / saving other files types are plugins. Slackware installs the defualt plugins to
Code:
/usr/lib64/gimp/2.0/plug-ins
This is not where GIMP is looking for them. You have to tell GIMP to look there by adding that location to the Edit->Preferences->Folders->Plugins page.

Modules, Interpreters and Environment seem to handle this on their own, but the plug-ins do not.

Hope this helps someone.

Eric
 
Old 08-27-2009, 10:11 AM   #2
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Have you emailed Pat? Perhaps this is an upstream bug too?...
 
Old 08-27-2009, 10:12 AM   #3
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Where *is* it looking for the plugins?
 
Old 08-27-2009, 12:30 PM   #4
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No, I have not e-mailed Pat.

It was only looking in

Code:
/home/eric/.gimp-2.6/plugins
It would look for Modules, Interpreters and Environment vars in

Code:
/home/eric/.gimp-2.6/<respective location>
/usr/lib64/gimp/2.0/<respective location>
I only figured this out because I went looking on my windows machine at work for where the plug-ins are loaded from. The windows machine stores them in the install directory (Program Files/gimp/plug-ins or something). I decided to search the install locations on my machine and there they were!
 
  


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