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HELP! Gimp Plugins and Ubuntu

Apr 18, 2012, 01:18
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HELP! Gimp Plugins and Ubuntu
Hello everyone. I just recently made the switch from PS to Gimp and from Windows to Linux (Ubuntu). Now I am having a huge problem.

I have found several great sounding plugins on the Gimp.org website and I have downloaded several of them. BUT when I go to put them into the Plugins folder I cannot do it. It keeps telling me that I don't have the permissions for it. It's really pissing me off.

Any help on this would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks

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Apr 18, 2012, 07:53
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RE: HELP! Gimp Plugins and Ubuntu
Ubuntu, dumbed down a bit, so not quite as usable for inquiring newcomers.
Assuming it is the new Ubuntu12

You are probably trying to put the plugins in the global folder
/usr/lib/gimp/2.0/plug-ins/
and you need admin privilege for this.
Click on dash-home (the top button) in the search box type in term.. and click on terminal

Next, type in sudo nautilus then when asked, your password and your file manager should start up in 'root' mode
Now it is 'F3' for split mode, find the plugin where it was downloaded on one side & the above directory on the other and copy across.

**BUT** a better place is your 'local' folder /home/<user name>/.gimp-2.6/plug-ins/ where you do not need root privilege. If you do need root privilege, something is very wrong.

Regardless of where you put the plugin, it will need marking as executable, Right click on the file, click on 'properties' then the permissions tab, make sure the 'execute' box is ticked.

Finally, don't try and use a windows plugin (something.exe). It will not work.

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Apr 18, 2012, 08:18
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RE: HELP! Gimp Plugins and Ubuntu
(Apr 18, 2012 07:53)rich2005 Wrote:  **BUT** a better place is your 'local' folder /home/<user name>/.gimp-2.6/plug-ins/ where you do not need root privilege. If you do need root privilege, something is very wrong.
Not a better place. The only place. Stuff in /usr is usually not backed up.

And remember that since the name of the directory holding your Gimp profile start with a dot (.gimp-2.6) it is not displayed by default, following the Unix convention. You may have to tell your file explorer to display hidden files.

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Apr 18, 2012, 08:40
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RE: HELP! Gimp Plugins and Ubuntu
@shipwreck, good point about hidden folders 'control-h' toggles in nautilus.

A little off topic but still to do with Ubuntu and Gimp plugins. Before you are put off linux for life.

The Ubuntu repository (repo) has some of the more useful plugins which you can download and install automatically.

IMHO these are not so easy to find using the Ubuntu software center, I would advise installing Synaptic Package Manager first.

Then have a look at what is on offer, try some out. A good starting place are the gimp-registry-plugins and/or the g'mic packages.

These will get installed in your global gimp plugins/scripts folders rather than your local .gimp-2.6 folders.

some screenshot(s) that might help http://i.imgur.com/onVkf.jpg

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Apr 18, 2012, 08:47 (This post was last modified: Apr 18, 2012 08:48 by rich2005.)
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RE: HELP! Gimp Plugins and Ubuntu
snip duplicated the message LOL

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