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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Compiling GIMP 2.6.5 on CentOS 5

GIMP 2.6.5 is the fantastic tool for photographers that live in the free world. But sadly it has no official RPM built for CentOS/RHEL users. I have spent 4 hours and compiled GIMP 2.6.5 on CentOS 5 for Tina by using the official tarball.

I planned to use the GIMP SRPM from Fedora Rawhide (which was 2.6.5) but after Fedora 10 the Rawhide had moved to a new format of RPM and I have no way to install nor unpack those new SRPMs to get the code (neither on CentOS 5 or Debian Unstable). Therefore I had to fall back to use official tarball and install it to /opt. By this I lost the benefit of package management. So I have no RPM here to share with you but only a rough record of the steps:

  1. download, build and install babl 0.0.22

  2. download, build and install gegl 0.0.22

  3. install intltool RPM from Fedora 10

  4. download gettext SRPM (gettext-0.17-8.fc10.src.rpm) from Fedora 10 and rpmbuild it (with Java disabled). the GCJ shipped with CentOS 5 couldn't compile the Java code within gettext so they had to be disabled by the patch following.

  5. build GIMP 2.6.5

The patch to disable Java of gettext:

--- /usr/src/redhat/SPECS/gettext.spec 2008-08-29 09:07:58.000000000 +0800
+++ gettext-for-el5.spec 2009-03-15 11:06:11.000000000 +0800
@@ -1,5 +1,5 @@
# libintl.jar requires gcj >= 4.3 to build
-%define buildjar 1
+%define buildjar 0

Summary: GNU libraries and utilities for producing multi-lingual messages
Name: gettext
@@ -86,12 +86,12 @@
export JAR=fastjar
%configure --without-included-gettext --enable-nls --disable-static \
- --enable-shared --with-pic-=yes --disable-csharp --enable-java \
+ --enable-shared --with-pic-=yes --disable-csharp --disable-java \
make %{?_smp_mflags} GCJFLAGS="-findirect-dispatch"

# For generating gettext-tools/src/gnu.gettext.*
-make -C gettext-tools/src gnu.gettext.DumpResource
+#make -C gettext-tools/src gnu.gettext.DumpResource

@@ -215,7 +215,7 @@
-%exclude %{_libdir}/%{name}/gnu.gettext.*
+#%exclude %{_libdir}/%{name}/gnu.gettext.*
%dir %{_datadir}/%{name}
@@ -244,8 +244,8 @@
-%doc gettext-runtime/intl-java/javadoc*
+#%doc gettext-runtime/intl-java/javadoc*

%files libs


punk said...

Hey nice guide. really like it.

One comment though for newcomers maybe post the method of patching the gettext file. It will help a lot of users in the future I think.

Thx again :-)

Niels.Linnemann said...

Hi again

Well found out that you have left out that you need a newer Glib 2 than the default CentOS.

In order to compile gegl you need Glib >= 2.16 and the default CentOS has 2.12.

So in between babl and gegl one need Glib 2 >= 2.16.


Phil said...

Please see to learn how to use the "--nomd5" flag for those problematic Fedora SRPMS.

Yan Li said...

Thanks Phil. I'll build and upgrade my installation when GIMP 2.8 is released.

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