Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Tutorial: Compile and Install GIMP 2.6.10 in Debian 5.0 Lenny

In this tutorial I will show how to compile from source and install in Debian Lenny the latest release of GIMP, the most powerful image manipulation application currently available for Linux.

First of all, Debian Lenny comes with GIMP 2.4.7 in the repositories, so if you have it installed, you should remove it first:

apt-get remove --purge gimp
apt-get autoremove --purge

Next, install the dependencies needed to compile GIMP 2.6.10:

apt-get build-dep gimp
apt-get install libbabl-0.0-0-dev libgegl-0.0-dev

Next, download the GIMP 2.6.10 source tarball from the GIMP FTP site and then uncompress it:

tar -xjf gimp-2.6.10.tar.bz2

Now change the working directory to gimp-2.6.10 and issue these commands:

make install

GIMP 2.6.10 in Debian Lenny

The last one as root. If you want to install GIMP as a normal user, specify a different prefix to the configure script:

./configure --prefix=/home/USER/usr
make install

There is no need to be root when issuing make install this time.


Anonymous said...

Or you could download the deb for your architecture from squeeze and install it with gdebi or dpkg...

Dotan Cohen said...

How about compiling the latest 2.7 (what will later beocme 2.8), which has the single-window mode like photoshop?

Craciun Dan said...

Dotan Cohen: Thanks for the suggestion, I'll try it as soon as possible. Do you know something about dependencies? Will I have to use the backports repositories?

Khelben said...

Compiling the source right now.. :)

Khelben said...

I gave up.

I failed to get GIMP 2.6.10 working because the system complains about that there is a too old version of libgimp in the system and I have been unable to solve it.

Just reverted back to 2.4.7 and I'm going for version 2.6.8 with Squeeze on this PC when I upgrade it, possibly in the end of this year or in january next year?

Dotan Cohen said...

Hi Craciun! I really don't know, I haven't installed it yet. I was hoping that you would do all that dirty work for me so that I could simply copy and paste :)

I'll try to get around to installing the latest GIMP, but it won't be for a few days. If I get to it before you, then I'll post back here.

Great to see you back to working on the site. Thanks!

Craciun Dan said...

Well Dotahn Cohen, I already tried, and it complains that some library is too old, so I guess the only way is to use the backports repository. I'll come back with a tutorial soon - don't ask me when exactly though, I'm kind of busy with some other articles now ;)

guyr34 said...

The "more" debian way :

# as user :
cd /tmp
dpkg-source -x gimp_2.6.10-1.dsc
cd gimp-2.6.10/
dpkg-buildpackage -rfakeroot -uc -b
# Install the packages needed by dpkg-buildpackage. For example :
aptitude install cdbs intltool libxpm-dev libaa1-dev libgtk2.0-dev libglib2.0-dev libpango1.0-dev libwebkit-dev libart-2.0-dev libtiff4-dev python-gtk2-dev libexif-dev libmng-dev librsvg2-dev libwmf-dev libpoppler-glib-dev libasound2-dev libhal-dev libdbus-glib-1-dev liblcms1-dev libgegl-0.0-dev libbabl-0.0-0-dev
# Don't care about version of libgtk2.0-dev append "-d" to force buildpackage
dpkg-buildpackage -rfakeroot -uc -b -d
cd ..
sudo dpkg -i gimp_2.6.10-1_amd64.deb gimp-data_2.6.10-1_all.deb libgimp2.0_2.6.10-1_amd64.deb

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Anonymous said...

after compiling gimp, how do i remove all -dev files that downloaded from build-dep. do i really need that files after compiling gimp? because all binary packages that provided by debian doesn't really require those -dev packages