This topic accidently started as reply to '[Gimp-user] PDF' and likes to be continued here.

Date: Sun, 12 May 2013 13:36:10 -0400
From: Henry W. Peters

Hi,

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 2.6.1.

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

Thanks much for any pointers.

Henry


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Date: Sun, 12 May 2013 13:33:35 -0500
From: Chris Mohler in reply to Henry W. Peters


On Sun, May 12, 2013 at 12:36 PM, Henry W. Peters <hwpet...@jamadots.com> wrote:
> 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
> 2.6.1.
>
> Some questions I have (for example) are: Do I /really/ have to uninstall the > old version...? Any dependency issues (conflicts, etc.) ? Any way to get the > (newer) dependencies by means of the terminal? Will I be able to actually do
> 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:
http://wiki.gimp.org/index.php/Hacking:Building/Linux

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
/usr/local/.

'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
wherever.

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.

HTH,
Chris

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Date: Sun, 12 May 2013 21:14:21 +0200
From: Dominik Tabisz in reply to Chris Mohler

Hi
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.

Dominik

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Date: Sun, 12 May 2013 15:48:00 -0400
From: Henry W. Peters in reply to Dominik Tabisz

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).

Henry
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