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installation error message

Oct 18, 2011, 16:11
Post: #1
installation error message
Hi: Is there a pre-beginner section?

I'm using Lion, and was advised to install the Leopard version of GIMP. I'm getting an error message, and don't know what action to take:

Unable to open a test swap file.

To avoid data loss, please check the location and permissions of the swap directory defined in your Preferences (currently "/Users/myname/Library/Application Support/Gimp").

I'm sure someone knows an easy fix?

thanks!
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Oct 18, 2011, 16:36
Post: #2
RE: installation error message
Strange... in order to handle very big images efficiently, Gimp does it own memory management (this is of little use these days...), and so will occasionally create a file on disk where parts of the image will be offloaded. By default this file is created in the Gimp profile directory (likely /Users/myname/Library/Application Support/Gimp). So, what are the write permission on that directory? Does it exist? Is there free disk space? And, by the way, is it the real name ("myname") or did you replace it when posting?

Also, Leopard got out in 2007, about the same time as Gimp 2.4, while the current version is 2.6.11 with 2.8 around the corner. So the recommendation to use the Leopard version is hard to explain.

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Oct 18, 2011, 19:15
Post: #3
RE: installation error message
(Oct 18, 2011 16:36)ofnuts Wrote:  Strange... in order to handle very big images efficiently, Gimp does it own memory management (this is of little use these days...), and so will occasionally create a file on disk where parts of the image will be offloaded. By default this file is created in the Gimp profile directory (likely /Users/myname/Library/Application Support/Gimp). So, what are the write permission on that directory? Does it exist? Is there free disk space? And, by the way, is it the real name ("myname") or did you replace it when posting?

Also, Leopard got out in 2007, about the same time as Gimp 2.4, while the current version is 2.6.11 with 2.8 around the corner. So the recommendation to use the Leopard version is hard to explain.

Easy fix: I just ignored the error message, and started using the software. So far, so good. The directory does exist.
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