How to open gimp ,

i have installed gimp on ubuntu 14.04 from the software center but when i click the icon nothing happens , then i typed gimp on the terminal and i get the following message

"Segmentation fault (core dumped)"

also there is a software crash notification gimp crash notice

ps -aux | grep gimp terminal result is

11724 0.0 0.0 15944 2204 pts/0 S+ 17:48 0:00 grep --color=auto gimp

Things that i have tried :

uninstalling and reinstalling it using ubuntu software center

uninstalling and reinstalling it using synaptic manager

performing the following commands

  sudo apt-get autoremove gimp gimp-plugin-registry

  sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp

  sudo apt-get update

  sudo apt-get install gimp

nothing is working

what can i do now , gimp was my favorite image editor back in windows and now i am not able to use it in ubuntu 14.04

  • Try unistalling it then installing it again using the method in this question -> askubuntu.com/questions/134035/… – Parto Feb 11 '16 at 12:30
  • thanks for the reply , tried the method in the question but gimp still does not open – Siddharth Sekhar Feb 11 '16 at 13:00
  • What have you tried exactly? Did you get any errors? Kindly edit your question and include this information. – Parto Feb 11 '16 at 13:02
  • Try to remove (backup first) the directories (in your home) of gimp defaults. In my system they are ~/.gimp-2.6/ and ~/.gimp-2.8. You can find yours with the command find ~ -name "*gimp*" --- be careful though. Another way to find the problem is to run strace -f gimp and trying to see where it chokes exactly (warning --- very big output expected). – Rmano Feb 11 '16 at 14:37
  • no its not opening : ( – Siddharth Sekhar Feb 11 '16 at 15:50

i found a solution that worked for me . Just created a folder name .gimp-2.8 in my home directory

mkdir .gimp-2.8 

do not use sudo and it solved my problem :)

  • Ah --- ok. Got it. Never use graphical application as root, or at list call that with sudo -H (this is due to a in my opinion worng sudo default in Ubuntu, see askubuntu.com/questions/673022/… -- closed wrongly, I think) – Rmano Feb 12 '16 at 11:57

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