Here is a what I posted before and one response
Leonard Evens wrote:
> I recently upgraded my main computer to Fedora 9 from Fedora 7.  When I
> brought gimp up and clicked on 'about' under Help, a window came up
> claiming it is gimp 2.4.1.   But the package is designated 2.4.7, from
> which I conclude it is really gimp 2.4.7.

Help -> About is much more reliable than the package name.

To find out for sure you can look in the NEWS file for 2.4 and try to
reproduce bugs that only existed in one of the versions. Depending on
what bugs you can reproduce, you can derive what version you have.

Another way would be to install the source package of the gimp program
package and look in the file, which has the version at the top.

- Martin

Here is some further information.  I recently acquired a laptop running
Ubuntu 8.04.   If I run gimp on it and use Help>About, it says it is 2.4.5.
Also, the format of the window is entirely different from that for my Fedora
version.  It looks like what I got with the latest version of gimp I had
under Fedora 7, which I think was 2.4.3.

As Martin suggested, I got the 2.4.7 source package, and expanded it.
It contains a tar file labeled 2.4.7, which I've opened, and it certainly 
seems to be 2.4.7.  For example, I've looked at the code and I found

in .configure.

Also, looking at the files from my Fedora 8 gimp package, it certainly 
seems I have gimp 2.4.7.  That would seem to eliminate the possibility
that the package was actually formed from 2.4.1 source and mislabeled.

The most likely explanation seems to me to be that because I also have
gimp-help-2.4.1 installed, its version number is replacing the correct one
when I use Help>About from within gimp.  If I work hard enough with the
code, I can determine just what is happening.  Also, as Martin suggested,
I could try to find some feature not present in gimp 2.4.1 which is present
in 2.4.7 by examining the changelogs, but that would also be a lot of work.
Undoubtedly it will eventually be clear to me as I proceed using gimp
just what I have, but that could take some time, and could lead to a lot
of frustration.

Could someone who actually knows clue me in on just what is happening?  

Leonard Evens <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Mathematics Department, Northwestern University

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