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GIMP 2.6.12: Unexpected %USERPROFILE%\Documents\gegl-0.0\plug-ins folder

Mar 9, 2012, 10:14 (This post was last modified: Mar 9, 2012 12:00 by berix.)
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GIMP 2.6.12: Unexpected %USERPROFILE%\Documents\gegl-0.0\plug-ins folder
I've just installed GIMP 2.6.12 on a Win 7 system. Everything looks OK except for two directory locations Gimp uses.

Firstly I noticed the %USERPROFILE%\.gimp-2.6 folder created in the user's home directory. I'd rather expect it created in some directory like %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Gimp.
I fortunately found out a solution as commented in the setup file C:\Program Files (x86)\GIMP-2.0\etc\gimp\2.0\gimprc which states :

"The variable ${gimp_dir} is set to the value of the environment variable GIMP2_DIRECTORY or, if that is not set, the compiled-in default value is used. If GIMP2_DIRECTORY is not an absolute path, it is interpreted relative to your home directory."

So I defined one environment variable to redirect that .gimp-2.6 folder to a more appropriate location:


This works nice and %USERPROFILE%\.gimp-2.6 is no longer used by Gimp and every data are now in "%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Gimp.

So far so good. But one another annoyance remains. Program C:\Program Files (x86)\GIMP-2.0\bin\gimp-2.6.exe creates (or re-creates whenever deleted) a folder %USERPROFILE%\Documents\gegl-0.0\plug-ins every time it is launched. That folder contains a Makefile file, nothing else, that reads:

# This is a generic makefile for GEGL operations. Just add .c files,
# rename mentions of the filename and opname to the new name, and it should
# compile. Operations in this dir should be loaded by GEGL by default
# If the operation being written depends on extra libraries, you'd better
# add a dedicated target with the extra bits linked in.

CFLAGS += `pkg-config gegl --cflags` -I. -fPIC
CFILES = $(wildcard ./*.c)
SOBJS = $(subst ./,,$(CFILES:.c=$(SHREXT)))
all: $(SOBJS)
@echo $@; $(CC) $(CFLAGS) $(LDFLAGS) -o $@ $< $(LDADD)
rm -f *$(SHREXT) $(OFILES)

Why is this Makefile stored in the %USERPROFILE%\Documents directory instead of in %USERPROFILE%\.gimp-2.6 or as directed by the GIMP2_DIRECTORY variable ?

I've read many pages throughout the web and saw this is a common issue since a long time but cannot find one solution to get rid of that \gegl-0.0 folder stored in the Documents directory that is quite an inappropriate location in a Win7 environment.

Can anyone help with this problem ?
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