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Upgrading - moving plugins and scripts

May 24, 2012, 20:13
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Upgrading - moving plugins and scripts
When upgrading Gimp versions, I can't remember/figure out which ones I installed vs. the ones it comes with. I have installed a few, but just abou t everything in my scripts and plugins folders has the same date which I think is the Gimp build date (except a couple files related to other files with that same build date).

Why does each new version of Gimp install to a separate folder instead of to same folder where you wouldn't have to bother moving scrips, plugins, etc.? Some software does this. Or else the installer searches for existing plugins in other folders.
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May 24, 2012, 20:56
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RE: Upgrading - moving plugins and scripts
Because some plugins aren't the same between Gimp versions.

And anyway you shouldn't add stuff to the Gimp installation tree, but to your own Gimp profile. Granted, there is one for each Gimp version, but at least you know that all the stuff added there didn't come with Gimp and has to be copied over to the other profile. You can also put things in their own folders outside of the Gimp profile, and use Edit/Preferences/Folders to designate these folders to Gimp.

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May 25, 2012, 13:24 (This post was last modified: May 25, 2012 16:23 by BrianL.)
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RE: Upgrading - moving plugins and scripts
Ah, I didn't know or forgot they're stored in a profile folder. But there are a lot of folders there too, so I'm still having the same problem. Which ones do I copy? All of them? Surely you don't have to reinstall every script and plugin each time?

Gimp really needs to come with some documentation explaining the upgrade process.
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May 25, 2012, 13:43
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RE: Upgrading - moving plugins and scripts
You don't need to "reinstall", you only need to copy/move, and this only when they change the python release, which is unfortunately not that often. fonts/brushes/patterns/gradients/palettes can be carried over. Most scripts and plugins can also be reused, but there may be versions specific to 2.8.

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May 25, 2012, 16:24
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RE: Upgrading - moving plugins and scripts
So again, there's a lot in that profile folder. Can I assume it is all related to my settings and things I've installed, so I can copy all and paste?
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May 25, 2012, 17:00
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RE: Upgrading - moving plugins and scripts
Yes it's all related, but some things may not be correct for 2.8. My previous post gives a list of directories that can be carried over without risks. Some of the rest can be transferred, but I would recommend cherry-picking the really useful stuff (otherwise you could mask off some new things).

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Dec 17, 2012, 20:19
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RE: Upgrading - moving plugins and scripts
I gave up on this for awhile because it was so confusing, and have avoided upgrading. I have to now because I have to reisntall Gimp to a new PC, so want to copy over any important files. Looks like I have gimp 2.7 and gimp 2.8 profiles. They each seem to have almost the same files in them. The gimp 2.7 folder has 22 folders and 16 files, and the gimp 2.8 folder has 22 folders and 14 files.
It was stated above that everything in the profiles folder is put there by the user, but that doesn't seem to be true (not saying it's not). I'm not sure which of these files and folders are important ones that I've installed that I should copy over, and which aren't, and which were put there by Gimp when installing (if any). And since there are so many folders and files in each profile root folder, it's even more confusing.

I still find it hard to believe that people have to weed through these to find what to copy every time the install a newer version of Gimp.
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Jan 18, 2013, 21:51
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RE: Upgrading - moving plugins and scripts
Can anyone give me some advice?

Thank you
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Jan 18, 2013, 22:38
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RE: Upgrading - moving plugins and scripts
Everything in the profile is yours. There is stuff you put there explicitly (brushes, patterns, scripts, plugins...) and things that Gimp puts there on your behalf (files that save information such as tool settings, history, window positions...). If you crash your hard disk, reinstall Gimp, and restore the profile from a backup, you won't notice anything.

If you have a 2.7 profile you must have run a 2.7 test version in the past but you don't need it. If you have 2.8 on the new computer you only need the 2.8 profile. You can copy over the whole thing. The only thing that may misbehave (slightly) is the history because Gimp will remember files that may not exist on the new machine.

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