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I created a screenshot with the default application of Ubuntu 20.04.

I save this to Screenshot.jpg.

I open Gimp and go to "Open / File". In the popup dialog I choose "recently used files".

But Screenshot.jpg is not in the list.

How can I make my screenshots available in the file dialog recently file list?

  • In my system (also 20.04) it does appear in the Recent section. – FedonKadifeli Sep 16 at 8:23
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"Recently used" files are listed in a ~/local/share/recently-used.xbel file (which is normally shared by all apps).

If you use the Gimp flatpak version, this version has its own copy of ~/local/share/ (in ~/.var/app/org.gimp.GIMP/data) so has its own copy of the ~/local/share/recently-used.xbel file, so has its own list of recently used files.

You can't replace ~/.var/app/org.gimp.GIMP/data/recently-used.xbel by a link to ~/local/share/recently-used.xbel because this file is erased/recreated by Gimp (and the re-creation doesn't re-create the link). But you can replace ~/.var/app/org.gimp.GIMP/data/ by a soft link to ~/local/share/ and Gimp will happily share the file with others.

I don't know is this applies to other installation modes (snap, for instance) but this is fairly easy to try.

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  • Thank you for this explanation. In this case I am just a user. I want it to work. I don't want to create symlinks – guettli Sep 16 at 22:05
  • You would be creating links between two directories in your user space. I have been running like this for over a year on one of my PCs. – xenoid Sep 17 at 0:53
  • great that you are able to create symlinks. Thousands of Ubuntu users are not able to do this. How could we find a solution which works for all out of the box? – guettli Sep 17 at 6:58
  • If you want to file a bug against the packaging this is not the place to ask. I'm just providing a solution to make it work with what you have. Note that you can likely create a link with you file explorer: if you drag/drop a file/directory in your explorer, you can choose between move, copy, or link. – xenoid Sep 17 at 7:29

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