Thanks for the response. You have allowed me to resolve my problem;
though I would note that the name of the applicable file is
"devicerc" and that this file will only exist if the user has
performed a "Save Input Device Setting Now" within the
"Edit->Preferences->Input Devices" dialog.
Quoting Sven Neumann <s...@gimp.org>:
> On Wed, 2009-12-02 at 09:41 -0500,
> saulgo...@flashingtwelve.brickfilms.com wrote:
>> * Add a 'default-tool' option to gimprc (so that a tool that does
>> not have a gradient associated with it can be specified)
> The tool selected at start-up is not hard-coded as you claim. It is a
> setting per input device and as such it is stored in the inputrc file.
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