Thursday, September 16, 2010

Tutorial: Compile and Install GIMP 2.6.10 in Debian 5.0 Lenny | TuxArena

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.

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