I installed the development version of Gimp, then found it too buggy, so switched back to the Ubuntu repository version. In doing so, somehow Gnome/Unity/whatever became confused and now fails to open gimp either from the sidebar, the lens thingy, or clicking on an xcf file.

Running gimp from the command line works fine, and which gimp outputs /usr/bin/gimp, which is correct.

How to fix the problem?


If you do locate gimp.desktop will it output this:?


If there are some excess lines starting with /usr/local/share, your deinstallation may have failed. Unfortunately there seems to be no command to let the unity-applications-daemon refresh its application cache.

You may achieve this by logging out and in.

  • Thanks for your help... it also lists /usr/local/share/applications/gimp.desktop... reboot doesn't help. can I just delete that file? – yuttadhammo Oct 18 '11 at 19:13
  • Yes, delete it, then you should be fine. Also have a look at the output of find /usr/share/local/ | grep gimp - there may be some leftovers that may conflict with the repository version. – aquaherd Oct 18 '11 at 22:10
  • thanks alot, worked perfectly! btw, it should be /usr/local/share, not /usr/share/local; so it's safe to delete the /usr/local/share/gimp directory? – yuttadhammo Oct 19 '11 at 12:18
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    Yes, go ahead. It got too late yesterday. Besides, if you install something with ./configure && make && sudo make install, you should keep the sources to do a later sudo make uninstall which will remove all the cruft under /usr/local/. – aquaherd Oct 19 '11 at 16:17
  • thanks... I realize I probably should have used checkinstall or some such thing... didn't think of make uninstall... will remember that next time. – yuttadhammo Oct 20 '11 at 13:21

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