For the record folks, I've got Gimp 2.2.11 installed in /usr (came with
my Linux distro) and Gimp 2.3.12 (used to have 2.3.11) installed in
/usr/local/gimp-2.3 and I'm able to run either version without any
problems, errors, or wrapper scripts (unless gimp-2.3 is a wrapper script).
I'm running on Ubuntu 6.06 Linux but I used to run stable and
development versions of Gimp built from source on my old Slackware
8-based machine all the time and without problems.
I don't think the error Mr Culleton received is as big of an issue as it
appears to be.
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