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Ok... I tried GIMP 2.8, but felt more comfortable with 2.6. I removed the PPA's from Ubuntu Software Centre, removed and purged GIMP, and even rm the .gimp-2.8 folder. But when I go to install GIMP via terminal or the Software Centre I encounter this problem.

I know I should have known better, I had a VERY similar problem with 2.7. I tried those suggestions that worked for me last time, but I cannot get 2.6 back, see below for my error.

I am using Ubuntu 12.04 32 bit.

Thank you for your time and answers.

GIMP dependencies error

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OK, I just tried this on 12.04 64-bit, had the same problem, here's how I fixed it:

  • Open a terminal with Ctrl+Alt+T
  • Type these, one after the other:

    sudo add-apt-repository -r ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get remove gimp.* -y
    sudo apt-get autoremove -y
    sudo apt-get install gimp=2.6.12-1ubuntu1
  • If it gives you dependency errors at any point and asks you to run sudo apt-get -f install, do so and then resume from that point.

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Thanks I will try this later today when I get home. – Dustin May 16 '12 at 15:58
Worked great! thank you! – Dustin May 17 '12 at 3:34
Thanks... you are definitely AWESOME – Julio May 20 '12 at 20:23
Does anyone know if this answer will work on 12.10? And xubuntu, rather than ubuntu? I can't find the "otto-kesselgulasch" repository in /etc/apt/sources.list, so I wonder whether it's necessary anymore? – Ash Mar 5 '13 at 13:31
For anyone looking for a 12.10 "revert to gimp 2.6" solution, I found this one worked: – Ash Mar 6 '13 at 11:06

You can use YPPA Manager to purge the PPA.

This then should revert you back to the standard libraries. From there you can reinstall GIMP 2.6


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