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Just annotations of little "how to's", so I know I can find how to do something I've already done when I need to do it again, in case I don't remember anymore, which is not unlikely. Hopefully they can be useful to others, but I can't guarantee that it will work, or that it won't even make things worse.
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Possible workaround for dumb installs of multiple-versions of GIMP

Posted 06-23-2017 at 02:59 PM by the dsc
Updated 06-23-2017 at 03:00 PM by the dsc

Somehow I managed to install the debian stock GIMP 2.8 and compile the git 2.9. I had the impression that at some point they were both working, but after some upgrade of one and/or another, 2.8 was complaining about an improper version of libgimp.

That would probably have been prevented by doing things right, which may have included creating a debian package for 2.9, among other things. Perhaps the most important "other thing" would have been paying more attention with the prefix settings given to the autogen scripts (or whatever they are now) and so on.

Anyhow, apparently I can run either of them with the proper environment variable exports:

GIMP 2.8: LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/lib

GIMP 2.9: GEGL_PATH=/usr/local/lib/gegl-0.3/ BABL_PATH=/usr/local/lib/babl-0.1/

For openbox, adding "env VAR=/whatever/ OTHERVAR=/something/else programtorun" in the menu.xml seems to do the job.

There's absolutely no guarantee that someone else may have messed things up in exactly the same way, but it seems harmless to try something like this, if one thinks he might have put himself in a similar mess.
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