Re: [Gimp-developer] How to set the python path for GIMP plug-ins when bundling into an AppImage

On Sun, May 21, 2017 at 2:44 PM, Carmelo DrRaw <aferrero1975 gmail com>


I am facing a problem when trying to build a GIMP AppImage that bundles
python to allow running the python-based plug-ins.

As far as I understand, GIMP takes the python executable specified in


where the executable path has to be specified with an absolute way
(otherwise GIMP throws an error “Bad binary format string in interpreter
file …”).

However, in the AppImage case the absolute path into which the package is
extracted is random, and is only known after the AppImage has ben actually
started. Moreover, configuration files inside the AppImage bundle cannot be
modified because they are read-only.

Hence my question: is there a way to dynamically specify the path to the
python interpreter? In such situations one would typically use environment
variables, but there seems to be no way in this case…

Thanks a lot in advance!


Not wanting to starting some Linux "wars" :), I think of AppImage as
Linux's acknowledgement to Mac OSX Apps.

So in that vein, include a launcher in your AppImage which mounts your
support libs is a specific location (possibly /tmp) and then point the
python interpreter to something like /tmp/python/python or something

Maybe that will work?

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