Not sure if this helps but after you create your text you can use the scale 
tool break the link between Width and height and scale the text on the width 

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> Date: Sat, 13 Jun 2009 12:05:12 +0800
> Subject: [Gimp-user] how to make condensed text along path
> Hello. I followed the tutorial of how to make text along path:
> My difficulty here is to make manually condensed text along path. I want
> the text so much thin that any font's condensed version could not do. To
> make such condensed text, I either scale the text layer with layer scale
> tool, or I convert the text to path and scale the path. However after
> scaling layer or path, "Text along path" no longer apply.
> Any idea? thanks in advance for hints.
> Attached is the "text along path" I made, with the ordinary text, not
> condensed (only 1.4KB).

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