Since I don't run a gnome desktop, I assumed it probably had something to do with requiring gnome-vfs services that I don't have. But yesterday I finally got some time to chase it down with help from various folk on #gimp.
I had libgnomevfs (and its associated dev package) installed on my Ubuntu Hardy machine, but I didn't have gvfs. It was suggested that I install the gfvs-backends package. I tried that, but it didn't help; apparently gvfs requires not just libgvfs and gvfs-backends, but also running a new daemon, gvfsd. Finding an alternative was starting to sound appealing.
Turns out gimp now has three compile-time configure options related to opening URIs:
--without-gvfs build without GIO/GVfs support --without-gnomevfs build without gnomevfs support --without-libcurl build without curl support
These correspond to four URI-getting methods in the source, in plug-ins/file-uri:
GIMP can degrade from gvfs to gnomevfs to libcurl to wget, but only at compile time, not at runtime: only one of the four is built.
On my desktop machine,
--without-gvfs was all I needed.
Even without running the gnome desktop, the gnomevfs
front-end seems to work fine. But it's good to know about the other
options too, in case I need to make a non-gnomevfs version to run on
the laptop or other lightweight machines.
[ 12:09 Oct 31, 2008 More gimp | permalink to this entry | ]