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GIMP closes existing windows opening new file ...

Sep 27, 2013, 22:59
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GIMP closes existing windows opening new file ...
I've been trying to replicate the problem, but it appears to be intermittent. It happens on multiple computers, we're using 2.8.4 on Windows 8 at the moment.

Scenario: GIMP is open with multiple files.

Browse a folder in explorer and select OPEN WITH GIMP or just OPEN. And a GIMP startup splash screen appears and reloads the GIMP application automatically closing and losing any work that was in progress on the prior GIMP screens.

Anyone seen this before?

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Sep 28, 2013, 09:31
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RE: GIMP closes existing windows opening new file ...
You do say intermittent and Gimp is open with multiple files, Might help if you give size and number.

Could be a memory problem.
or
Have you tried adding -n to the shortcut command for Gimp. That opens a new instance of Gimp.

In the meantime
I have a Win8 VM courtesy of M$ and no problem here, Gimp opens images as tabs.
Either with a right click context or click and drag to the hot spot top of the tools.

[Image: sGgkNFW.jpg]

But it was a very non-exhaustive test. A couple of minutes with Win8 and I love my PClinuxOS even more Wink

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Sep 28, 2013, 16:44
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RE: GIMP closes existing windows opening new file ...
Thank you for your tests. It happened a half dozen times yesterday on two different laptops (and has been doing this off and on with W8 all along), but for the life of me I can't get it to happen again this morning.

I have a dozen tabs open. All relatively small images (~800x600) and the task manager says GIMP is running at about 450 MB of space atm.

I've tried various combinations of OPEN or OPEN with .. JPG, GIF, or PNG files. And so far it hasn't "splashed" on me today.

I'll try and keep better notes. But best I can tell .. it only happens when I HAVEN'T SAVED MY WORK and when I REALLY REALLY need the file. Smile LOL
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Sep 29, 2013, 09:15
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RE: GIMP closes existing windows opening new file ...
Another day another try. Still no symptoms as described.

As before this is a Win8 VM with limited resources, 1500 MB memory, allocated and using small images 800x600. Works as expected. If anything is going to fail it would be this one.

Tried opening files all ways, one-at-a-time or several-at-a-time, drag and drop, Gimp open menu, 'Open With' from Win8 file manager, A straight 'Open' with Win8 file manager.
Then a few copy and paste's between images to reproduce editing.

This screenshot and 16 files loaded. Very reasonable resource loading for Gimp.

[Image: Uu4Hft0.jpg]

Since the problem occurs intermittently and on different machines, you are going to have to look for a common procedure just before the unwanted event.
Same file causes problem
Same file format causes problem
Same procedure just before the event..causes problem
..and so on...

Hopefully someone with a Win8 machine will come along and try to replicate the problem.

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