Re: [Gimp-developer] List of dependencies (versions and configuration options) for GIMP on Windows


On Mon, Sep 23, 2013 at 1:51 AM, Michael Henning
<drawoc darkrefraction com> wrote:
As much fun as I'm sure you're all having debugging this, I think I've
seen this before. I already fixed this with my windows nightlies
(actually, scl reported it, so I guess he forgot about that).

There are two potential issues:
  1. fontconfig includes an absolute path to its config directory, so
when you move the files to a windows system it cannot find them.

  2. The config files themselves are symlinks, which may cause them to
not exist on windows, depending on how the files are packaged.

The solutions:
  1. Modify etc/fonts/fonts.conf to remove the absolute path and
replace it with a relative one (it should just say "conf.d", not
long/path/and/then/conf.d). I compile fontconfig with this patch:
You can achieve the same effect by modifying the config files by hand.

  2. Ensure the files in etc/fonts/conf.d/ exist. If not, copy the
files from share/fontconfig/conf.avail into that folder.

Sorry for the late reply. I wanted to test myself first to be sure it
fixed the issue.
And it does. I just tested on my master build. :-)
So that's indeed the problem and its solution.

At the time I fixed this, Jernej's builds did not exhibit the problem
because they used an older version of fontconfig. I did not report
this upstream because it's a configuration issue, but now that I think
about it, the defaults should perhaps be changed on windows (or maybe
when cross compiling).

Yes I am not sure if upstream or else, but definitely somethings
should be done *somewhere*, otherwise we might have various new
developers to the team (or the same ones, forgetting it happened
already) scratching their head with this problem every 6 months. The
simple fact that the last Windows build is broken even though you had
this fixed from before this release is a sign there should be
something in place for this to not happen again. :-)



On Sun, Sep 22, 2013 at 9:09 AM, Jehan Pagès <jehan marmottard gmail com> wrote:

On Mon, Sep 23, 2013 at 12:49 AM, Sven Claussner <scl gplus gmail com> wrote:
On  22.09.2013 at 12:32 P.M., Jehan Pagès wrote:

Thanks Sven, but that does not say what versions are used on GIMP
2.8.4, official build, which was my question. :-)

Sorry for being a bit terse, I'm in a rush ;-)

You can find the official 2.8.4 build at

Running GIMP with the -v or --version parameter shows the versions
of the used libraries.

Oh thanks, I did not know this one! Jernej actually already sent me an
archive with the dependency tree of his build. I was planning to check
the .pc files. Fortunately I did not start. And your solution will be
easier *and* more accurate. :-)

You can also find the 2.8.4 sources at the Web-Git site:

Yes the source, I already have them, no problem. :-)
Thanks again.


Kind regards,


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