Thanks all for your replies ON THIS (as far as I know) NEW THREAD (& Michael, I am a subscriber).

It sounds like building 2.8 on Debian Squeeze is a (too) shaky proposition... as I do use it with some regularity, I should probably wait until the Debian packager & programmers resolve some of the dependency issues... (?) But I will persist, somehow/way...

I should have mentioned earlier, that my only desire is to have a stable/workable version of GIMP... I hesitate to uninstall 2.6.1 because of POSSIBLE issues regarding removals that might damage my system... namely 'gnome-office,' & I am just totally in the dark regarding what that piece of software is... but it sounds like something to do w/ the gui of the desktop... (advise appreciated here too).


On 05/12/2013 03:14 PM, Dominik Tabisz wrote:
Some time ago i tried both compiling Gimp 2.8 on Squeeze, and
installing Debian Testing ... to see what's wrong with my attempt to
compile Gimp 2.8.

To make long thing short - problems with compilation are caused by
dependencies of Gimp 2.8 dependencies. At some moment You end up with
upgrading gcc and half other system libraries. If only You can install
wheezy it should solve most of Your troubles.

There is one possible workaround: one user of this mailing list
approached similar problem on FreeBSD. Solution was building Gimp and
all it's dependencies in jail.
This way system was stable and Gimp 2.8 had all needed dependencies inside jail.
Unfortunately i can't remember where this instruction was and whether
it can be ported to Debian.


2013/5/12, Chris Mohler<>:
On Sun, May 12, 2013 at 12:36 PM, Henry W. Peters<>
Does anyone on the list here, have any actual knowledge&  or experience
building GIMP 2.8x on Linux Debian Squeeze? My current version of GIMP is

Some questions I have (for example) are: Do I /really/ have to uninstall
old version...? Any dependency issues (conflicts, etc.) ? Any way to get
(newer) dependencies by means of the terminal? Will I be able to actually
this (i.e.,/ do a working build with this version/)?
I have 2.6 and 2.8 on the a Mint (like Ubuntu/Debian) system.

There's a build script floating around somewhere, but I can't seem to
find it now (and it required heavy modification, at least for my
system anyway).

There's this:

I think the biggest thing to remember is to remember to prefix
everything with /opt or /home/YOU/gimp/ - ie *not* put it into /usr or

'apt-get build-dep gimp' should bring in several -dev packages you'll
need.  The rest will need to be compiled and installed in /opt or

It's been some months since I went through this - I'm probably
forgetting a few things, but the short answer is yes, you can compile
and install 2.8 without removing 2.6.  There are quite a dew deps to
work through, but keep the additions outside of your system path and
you should be fine.


On 05/12/2013 02:44 PM, Michael Schumacher wrote:
Please don't hijack threads - your mail will appear two levels deep in the thread about changing the PDF file associations for some users.

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