[Gimp-user] No Gimp-help - 2.8.22 Xubuntu 17.10

I am running 2.8.22 Gimp on Xubuntu 17.10

System:    Host: dylan3u Kernel: 4.13.0-16-generic x86_64 bits: 64
          Desktop: Xfce 4.12.3 Distro: Ubuntu 17.10
Machine:   Device: desktop Mobo: ASUSTeK model: P7P55D LE v: Rev 1.xx
serial: N/A
          BIOS: American Megatrends v: 2003 date: 12/16/2010
CPU:       Quad core Intel Core i5 750 (-MCP-) cache: 8192 KB
clock speeds: max: 2668 MHz 1: 2674 MHz 2: 2674 MHz 3: 2674
          4: 2674 MHz
Graphics:  Card: NVIDIA G94 [GeForce 9600 GT]
          Display Server: x11 (X.Org 1.19.5 )
          drivers: nouveau (unloaded: modesetting,fbdev,vesa)
          Resolution: 1920x1080@60.00hz, 1680x1050@59.95hz
          OpenGL: renderer: NV94 version: 3.3 Mesa 17.2.2

I wanted  local help files so installed gimp-help and  gimp-help-en
via synaptic and updated preferences but Gimp ccould not see it..
So I went went back to on-line help and now get

Could not open 'http://docs.gimp.org/2.8/en/gimp-help.xml' for
reading: Operation not supported
Perhaps you are missing GIO backends and need to install GVFS?

removed gimp-help and  gimp-help-en but no change

So now no gimp-help either on line or local.  Not sure what went wrong

Something similar came up on another forum but concerning KDE DE. I use kubuntu
16.04, local help gives that "not installed" message and get that "Perhaps you
are missing GIO backends and need to install GVFS" message for online help.

Strangely, installing GVFS + its raft of dependencies also permits the local
help to work.

Do you have it installed? (Sorry no 17.10) A xubuntu 16.04 VM - synaptic

It is also worth checking the language setting in Edit -> Preferences.

Works here: local files open in Firefox https://i.imgur.com/G9rsq18.jpg

One last thing on installation. It is not the packages gimp-help and
gimp-help-en to install, it is gimp-help-en which pulls gimp-help-common in as a

Still not working? I do not bother with local help and very occasionally go
straight online to gimp docs.

A useful alternative to local help is the help files as a PDF. English version
here: http://gimp.linux.it/www/meta/

rich: www.gimp-forum.net

rich404 (via www.gimpusers.com/forums)

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