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GIMP will not start

Postby marietta_greg on Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:51 pm

I've used GIMP in Windows and Linux for years. NEVER a problem with it starting. Yesterday, when attempting to start - nothing. I checked for the process in system monitor, its listed as a zombie. So I killed the proc and started it from terminal, and got some interesting, tho mystifying feedback. I find no info on GIMP.org Any ideas? I reinstalled GIMP via Synaptic, in case the program somehow got corrupted, but no joy. Gimp 2.8, which I've had installed and used many times before this happended. I have no idea what to do with this -- suggestions? In the meantime, I'm limping with Pinta, but its a very nice, tho basic, substitute.

$ gimp
The program 'gimp' received an X Window System error.
This probably reflects a bug in the program.
The error was 'BadRequest (invalid request code or no such operation)'.
(Details: serial 12 error_code 1 request_code 136 minor_code 19)
(Note to programmers: normally, X errors are reported asynchronously;
that is, you will receive the error a while after causing it.
To debug your program, run it with the --sync command line
option to change this behavior. You can then get a meaningful
backtrace from your debugger if you break on the gdk_x_error() function.)
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Re: GIMP will not start

Postby xenopeek on Thu Apr 04, 2013 4:16 am

Open your file manager, press Ctrl+H to show hidden files and folders, and rename/move your .gimp-2.8 folder. Starting GIMP should then give you a new profile and hopefully this is a profile with your profile. If that doesn't help, you can rename/move the folder back.
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Re: GIMP will not start

Postby marietta_greg on Thu Apr 04, 2013 12:29 pm

Thanks, but no joy. Renamed both my .gimp-2.8 and my .gimp-2.6 directories. Attempted start of gimp, got the same message.
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Re: GIMP will not start

Postby xenopeek on Thu Apr 04, 2013 12:44 pm

Did you install GIMP 2.8 from the repositories? Then you may try reinstalling it perhaps.
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apt purge gimp gimp-data libgimp2.0
apt install gimp gimp-data libgimp2.0
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Re: GIMP will not start

Postby jbb on Thu Apr 04, 2013 1:00 pm

I did a search for 'serial 12 error_code 1 request_code 136 minor_code 19' on Google, and people in the 3 threads I found are mostly talking about graphics drivers.
Have you changed GPU or updated the drivers recently? Maybe an update/change/rollback/reinstall of those might be a place to start..
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Re: GIMP will not start

Postby marietta_greg on Fri Apr 05, 2013 11:23 pm

I attempted to install proprietary AMD/ATI proprietary FGLRX graphics driver using the Additional Drivers app a couple of weeks ago. But if failed, and the app no says "This driver is not activated" So I presume there was no driver change.

I uninstalled and reinstalled using Synaptic, and again using commands above. Attempt to run gimp again, got the same error message.
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Re: GIMP will not start

Postby marietta_greg on Thu Aug 29, 2013 2:56 pm

Resolved SORT OF, but not to my satisfaction.

I discovered that I had an entry in my repository for GIMP 2.8 -- something containing "kesselgulasch" I vaguely recall adding this so that I could get v 2.8 while the official repository only offered 2.6. I was tired of waiting around for 2.8 when a four year old version 2.6 was still the only official offering.

So apparently a subsequent MintUpdate changed some libs (or who knows what) breaking v 2.8. (Hence my sudden will not start problem)

I removed the un-official repository, updated, purged gimp, reinstalled it from software manager and voila - it runs....BUT it is v 2.6 :?

Now according to the GIMP site "Ubuntu or Debian users can simply run apt-get install gimp to get the latest stable release of GIMP. Ubuntu users can also install GIMP from Software Centre." So I should have gotten v 2.8.6, but instead got the old thing GIMP.

Why - and how do I get what should be in the Software Center?

Thanks!
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Re: GIMP will not start

Postby xenopeek on Thu Aug 29, 2013 3:40 pm

Which Linux Mint version?
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Re: GIMP will not start

Postby marietta_greg on Thu Aug 29, 2013 4:52 pm

Sorry - LM 14 MATE 64bit
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Re: GIMP will not start

Postby xenopeek on Fri Aug 30, 2013 12:57 am

Can you open a terminal and run the following command and share the output here?
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apt-cache policy gimp

Just to compare, here is the output from my Linux Mint 14 system showing you I have GIMP 2.8.2 from the default repository--nothing special that I needed to do.
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gimp:
  Installed: 2.8.2-1ubuntu1.1
  Candidate: 2.8.2-1ubuntu1.1
  Version table:
 *** 2.8.2-1ubuntu1.1 0
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ quantal-updates/main amd64 Packages
        500 http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ quantal-security/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
     2.8.2-1ubuntu1 0
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ quantal/main amd64 Packages
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Re: GIMP will not start

Postby marietta_greg on Fri Aug 30, 2013 8:39 am

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gimp:
  Installed: 2.6.12-1ubuntu1.2
  Candidate: 2.6.12-1ubuntu1.2
  Version table:
 *** 2.6.12-1ubuntu1.2 0
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-updates/main amd64 Packages
        500 http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-security/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
     2.6.12-1ubuntu1 0
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise/main amd64 Packages
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Re: GIMP will not start

Postby xenopeek on Fri Aug 30, 2013 8:54 am

marietta_greg wrote:Sorry - LM 14 MATE 64bit

Well, as you can see from you using the Ubuntu "precise" repositories instead of the Ubuntu "quantal" ones, you aren't using Linux Mint 14. You are in fact using Linux Mint 13. Hence the ancient GIMP version. Or something is very wrong with your repository configuration, if it is pointing to the wrong Ubuntu repositories.
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Re: GIMP will not start

Postby marietta_greg on Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:35 am

I'm looking at the CD I used to install 14, so apparently my repositories are a mess.

I'm having trouble getting Software Sources to run or getting into repositories via Synaptic, therefore I think I need to manually edit /APT/sources.list

Can I simply change all "precise" to "quantal" in the file, then do a dist upgrade?

Thanks!
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Re: GIMP will not start

Postby xenopeek on Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:43 am

marietta_greg wrote: therefore I think I need to manually edit /APT/sources.list

Can I simply change all "precise" to "quantal" in the file, then do a dist upgrade?

Yes you can, though in additional to replacing "precise" with "quantal" please first confirm on the Linux Mint repository in that file you see "nadia" as a distribution name and not "maya". Else you really are running Linux Mint 13.

In any case, before you even attempt to do a dist-upgrade please make a backup of your personal files--dist-upgrade may very well give you problems (usually solvable, but better safe than sorry).

Also, you should not only edit the file /etc/apt/sources.list but also any files in the folder /etc/apt/sources.list.d/.
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Re: GIMP will not start

Postby marietta_greg on Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:59 pm

" . . . you see "nadia" as a distribution name and not "maya". I DO see maya in my sources.list file

I also have precise in several files in /etc/apt/sources.list.d/
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Re: GIMP will not start

Postby xenopeek on Fri Aug 30, 2013 4:40 pm

If you have maya in your sources.list file, you are in fact running Linux Mint 13. You could replace maya with nadia and precise with quantal, and that would upgrade you to Linux Mint 14 if you run the command `sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade`--but Ubuntu users report a 20% failure rate of doing an upgrade to a new version in place like that. It's risky and you might have to face fixing some problems from the recovery mode root console. If you don't know what that is, you're not ready to take this gamble IMHO.

It's perhaps a bit silly to upgrade to Linux Mint 14 (or instead 15), just to get a newer GIMP version. You mentioned earlier a PPA "kesselgulasch" you tried (that would be this one https://launchpad.net/~otto-kesselgulasch/+archive/gimp).

You may instead try the noobslab PPA which also has GIMP 2.8 for your Linux Mint version. Instructions:
http://www.noobslab.com/2013/06/gimp-28 ... buntu.html. In short, run these commands:
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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/ppa-gimp
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gimp
sudo apt-get install gimp-plugin-registry
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