When I start Gimp from the terminal it won't launch. I get the following error message:

(gimp:17589): Gtk-WARNING **: Attempting to read the recently used
resources file at `/home/richard/.local/share/recently-used.xbel', but
the parser failed: Failed to open file
'/home/richard/.local/share/recently-used.xbel': Permission denied.

Not sure how to set the permissions for this.

  • Issue this command getfacl /home/richard/.local/share/recently-used.xbel and update question with this info May 1 '15 at 19:27
  • I issued the command: May 1 '15 at 19:48
  • I issued the command getfacl /home/richard/.local/share/recently-used.xbel but am unsure about what to do next. May 1 '15 at 19:49
  • Man, please update question with output of that command. Next, I will think that we can do with it. May 1 '15 at 19:54
  • Sorry. getfacl: Removing leading '/' from absolute path names # file: home/richard/.local/share/recently-used.xbel # owner: root # group: root user::rw- group::--- other::--- May 1 '15 at 20:00

Issue this command to fix GIMP:

sudo chown richard:richard /home/richard/.local/share/recently-used.xbel

Try to run GIMP or post me result.


Revert it back in case of fail:

sudo chown root:root /home/richard/.local/share/recently-used.xbel

and try to set new permissions

sudo chmod 700 /home/richard/.local/share/recently-used.xbel


Setting /home/richard/.local/share/recently-used.xbel owner to richard:richard and 0600 permission together with removing old GIMP configs probably solved problem.

  • I issued the command and tried to run GIMP but it still doesn't launch. It starts and shows up in the launcher but doesn't open. I didn't get any error messages at all. May 1 '15 at 20:08
  • updated answer, please issue one more time and let me know results. May 1 '15 at 20:12
  • Same result. It starts to load and shows up in the launcher but does not open. May 1 '15 at 20:14
  • no error messages at all. May 1 '15 at 20:15
  • ok, please try to rename this file. sudo mv /home/richard/.local/share/recently-used.xbel /home/richard/.local/share/recently-used.xbel.backup and run gimp one more time. Please let me know results May 1 '15 at 20:16

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