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       gimp - an image manipulation and paint program.

       gimp [-h] [--help] [--help-all] [--help-gtk] [-v] [--version] [--license] [--verbose] [-n]
       [--new-instance] [-a] [--as-new] [-i] [--no-interface] [-d] [--no-data] [-f]  [--no-fonts]
       [-s]  [--no-splash]   [--no-shm]  [--no-cpu-accel]  [--display display] [--session <name>]
       [-g] [--gimprc <gimprc>] [--system-gimprc <gimprc>]  [--dump-gimprc]  [--console-messages]
       [--debug-handlers]  [--stack-trace-mode <mode>] [--pdb-compat-mode <mode>] [--batch-inter-
       preter <procedure>] [-b] [--batch <command>] [filename] ...

       GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is used to edit and manipulate  images.  It
       can load and save a variety of image formats and can be used to convert between formats.

       GIMP  can also be used as a paint program. It features a set of drawing and painting tools
       such as airbrush, clone, pencil, and paint  brush.  Painting  and  drawing  tools  can  be
       applied	to  an image with a variety of paint modes.  It also offers an extensive array of
       selection tools like rectangle, ellipse, fuzzy select, bezier  select,  intelligent  scis-
       sors, and select by color.

       GIMP offers a variety of plug-ins that perform a variety of image manipulations.  Examples
       include bumpmap, edge detect, gaussian blur, and many others. In addition, GIMP	has  sev-
       eral  scripting extension which allow for advanced non-interactive processing and creation
       of images.

       GIMP ships with a second binary called gimp-console. This binary is a console-only version
       and behaves as if gimp was called with the --no-interface command-line option.

       On  platforms with the D-Bus message bus system, GIMP will by default check if an instance
       is already running in this user session. If it detects that, it will  pass  all	filenames
       given on the command-line to the already running GIMP instance and quit.

       GIMP accepts the following options:

       -h, --help
	       Show GIMP command-line options.

	       Show all command-line options.

	       Show GTK+ command-line options.

	       Show GEGL command-line options.

       -v, --version
	       Output version information and exit. When combined with the --verbose option, ver-
	       sion information about libraries used by GIMP is shown as well.

	       Output license information and exit.

	       Be verbose and create information on standard output.

       -n, --new-instance
	       Do not attempt to reuse an already running GIMP instance. Always start a new one.

       -a, --as-new
	       Open filenames passed on the command-line as new images, don't set the filename on

       -i, --no-interface
	       Run without a user interface.

       -d, --no-data
	       Do  not load patterns, gradients, palettes, or brushes. Often useful in non-inter-
	       active situations where startup time is to be minimized.

       -f, --no-fonts
	       Do not load any fonts. No text functionality will be available if this  option  is

       --display display
	       Use the designated X display.

       -s, --no-splash
	       Do not show the splash screen.

	       Do  not	use shared memory between GIMP and its plug-ins.  Instead of using shared
	       memory, GIMP will send the data via pipe. This will result in  slower  performance
	       than using shared memory.

	       Do not use CPU accelerations such as MMX or SSE even if GIMP detects that your CPU
	       provides this functionality.

       --session <name>
	       Use a different sessionrc for  this  GIMP  session.  The  given	session  name  is
	       appended to the default sessionrc filename.

       -g, --gimprc <gimprc>
	       Use  an alternative gimprc instead of the default one. Useful in cases where plug-
	       in paths or machine specs may be different.

       --system-gimprc <gimprc>
	       Use an alternate system gimprc file.

	       Output a gimprc file with default settings.

	       Enable debugging signal handlers.

       -c, --console-messages
	       Do not popup dialog boxes on errors or warnings. Print the messages on the console

       --stack-trace-mode {never|query|always}
	       If a stack-trace should be generated in case of fatal signals.

       --pdb-compat-mode {off|on|warn}
	       If the PDB should provide aliases for deprecated functions.

       --batch-interpreter <procedure>
	       Specifies  the  procedure  to  use  to process batch events. The default is to let
	       Script-Fu evaluate the commands.

       -b, --batch <command>
	       Execute <command> non-interactively. This option may appear multiple  times.   The
	       <command> is passed to the batch interpreter. When <command> is - the commands are
	       read from standard input.

       GIMP respects a number of environment variables.

       DISPLAY to get the default host and display number.

	       to get the name of the personal GIMP directory. If unset .gimp-2.8  is  used.   If
	       this is an absolute path, it is used as is.  If it is a relative path, it is taken
	       to be a subdirectory of the home directory.

	       to get the base location for data files such as brushes and  patterns.	If  unset
	       /usr/share/gimp/2.0 is used.

	       to get the base location for translations. If unset /usr/share/locale is used.

	       to get the base location for plug-ins and modules. If unset /usr/lib64/gimp/2.0 is

	       to get the location of configuration files. If unset /etc/gimp/2.0 is used.

	       On Linux GIMP can be compiled with support for binary relocatibility.   This  will
	       cause  data, plug-ins and configuration files to be searched relative to the loca-
	       tion of the gimp executable file unless overridden by  the  environment	variables
	       mentioned above.

       GIMP's  data  files  are  stored  in  /usr/share/gimp/2.0,  where ${datarootdir} is set on
       install, but is typically /usr/share. GIMP's system-wide configuration files are stored in
       /etc/gimp/2.0, where ${prefix} is typically /usr.

       Most  GIMP configuration is read in from the user's init file, $HOME/.gimp-2.8/gimprc. The
       system wide equivalent is in /etc/gimprc. The system wide file is  parsed  first  and  the
       user  gimprc  can  override  the  system settings.  /etc/gimprc_user is the default gimprc
       placed in users' home directories the first time GIMP is run.

       $HOME/.gimp-2.8/devicerc - holds settings for input devices together with the  tool,  col-
       ors, brush, pattern and gradient associated to that device.

       $HOME/.gimp-2.8/gtkrc  -  users set of GIMP-specific GTK+ config settings. Options such as
       widget color and fonts sizes can be set here.

       /etc/gimp/2.0/gtkrc - system wide default set of GIMP-specific GTK+ config settings.

       $HOME/.gimp-2.8/menurc - user's set of keybindings.

       $HOME/.gimp-2.8/parasiterc - Stores all persistent  GIMP  parasites.  This  file  will  be
       rewritten every time you quit GIMP.

       $HOME/.gimp-2.8/sessionrc  - This file takes session-specific info (that is info, you want
       to keep between two GIMP sessions). You are not supposed  to  edit  it  manually,  but  of
       course  you can do. This file will be entirely rewritten every time you quit GIMP. If this
       file isn't found, defaults are used.

       $HOME/.gimp-2.8/templaterc - Image templates are kept in this file. New images can  conve-
       niently created from these templates. If this file isn't found, defaults are used.

       /etc/gimp/2.0/unitrc  -	default  user unit database. It contains the unit definitions for
       centimeters, meters, feet, yards, typographic points and typographic picas and  is  placed
       in  users  home directories the first time GIMP is ran. If this file isn't found, defaults
       are used.

       $HOME/.gimp-2.8/unitrc - This file contains your user unit database. You can  modify  this
       list with the unit editor. You are not supposed to edit it manually, but of course you can
       do.  This file will be entirely rewritten every time you quit GIMP.

       $HOME/.gimp-2.8/plug-ins - location of user installed plug-ins.

       $HOME/.gimp-2.8/pluginrc - plug-in initialization values are stored  here.  This  file  is
       parsed on startup and regenerated if need be.

       $HOME/.gimp-2.8/modules - location of user installed modules.

       $HOME/.gimp-2.8/tmp - default location that GIMP uses as temporary space.

       /usr/share/gimp/2.0/brushes - system wide brush files.

       $HOME/.gimp-2.8/brushes	-  user created and installed brush files. These files are in the
       .gbr, .gih or .vbr file formats.

       $HOME/.gimp-2.8/curves - Curve profiles and presets as saved from the Curves tool.

       $HOME/.gimp-2.8/gimpressionist - Presets and user created brushes and  papers  are  stored

       $HOME/.gimp-2.8/levels - Level profiles and presets as saved from the Levels tool.

       /usr/share/gimp/2.0/palettes - the system wide palette files.

       $HOME/.gimp-2.8/palettes  - user created and modified palette files. This files are in the
       .gpl format.

       /usr/share/gimp/2.0/patterns - basic set of patterns for use in GIMP.

       $HOME/.gimp-2.8/patterns - user created and installed gimp pattern files. This  files  are
       in the .pat format.

       /usr/share/gimp/2.0/gradients - standard system wide set of gradient files.

       $HOME/.gimp-2.8/gradients - user created and installed gradient files.

       /usr/share/gimp/2.0/scripts - system wide directory of scripts used in Script-Fu and other
       scripting extensions.

       $HOME/.gimp-2.8/scripts - user created and installed scripts.

       /usr/share/gimp/2.0/gflares - system wide directory used by the gflare plug-in.

       $HOME/.gimp-2.8/gflares - user created and installed gflare files.

       /usr/share/gimp/2.0/gfig - system wide directory used by the gfig plug-in.

       $HOME/.gimp-2.8/gfig - user created and installed gfig files.

       /usr/share/gimp/2.0/images/gimp-splash.png - the default image used for	the  GIMP  splash

       /usr/share/gimp/2.0/images/gimp-logo.png - image used in the GIMP about dialog.

       /usr/share/gimp/2.0/tips/gimp-tips.xml  - tips as displayed in the "Tip of the Day" dialog

       GIMP comes with a default image for the splash screen but it allows system  administrators
       and  users  to customize the splash screen by providing other images. The image to be used
       with the splash screen is chosen as follows:

       1.     GIMP   tries   to   load	 a   random   splash   screen	 from	 the	directory

       2.     It then falls back to using $HOME/.gimp-2.8/gimp-splash.png.

       3.     If  the user didn't install any custom splash images, a random image is picked from

       4.     As  a  last   resort,   GIMP   uses   the   default   splash   image   located   at

       Any  bugs  found should be reported to the online bug-tracking system available on the web
       at http://bugzilla.gnome.org/. Before reporting bugs, please check to see if the  bug  has
       already been reported.

       When  reporting GIMP bugs, it is important to include a reliable way to reproduce the bug,
       version number of GIMP (and probably GTK+), OS name and version, and any relevant hardware
       specs.  If  a  bug is causing a crash, it is very useful if a stack trace can be provided.
       And of course, patches to rectify the bug are even better.

       The canonical place to find GIMP info is at http://www.gimp.org/.  Here you can find links
       to  just  about	many  other  GIMP sites, tutorials, data sets, mailing list archives, and

       There is also a GIMP User Manual available at http://docs.gimp.org/ that  goes  into  much
       more detail about the interactive use of GIMP.

       The latest versions of GIMP and the GTK+ libs are always available at ftp://ftp.gimp.org/.

       Spencer Kimball, Peter Mattis and the GIMP Development Team.

       With  patches,  fixes, plug-ins, extensions, scripts, translations, documentation and more
       from lots and lots of people all over the world.

       gimprc(5), gimptool(1),

Version 2.8.10				  March 23 2008 				  GIMP(1)
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