Here's the least elegant and functional way of running GIMP 2.8 on stable/squeeze other than running it in a virtual machine.
I've previously tried
* creating a statically linked binary of gimp 2.8 under testing, then using it under stable (didn't work --
* compiling gimp + all dependencies from scratch -- ballooned out of control
* compiling the bare minimum needed for gimp from scratch, but had issues with libglib2.0-dev -- the dev files are obviously taken care of when you compile glib, but the -dev package is required by a lot of libraries needed for graphics support, and I wanted to replace the libglib2.0-0 package.
Long story short, I gave up. If you don't mind the overhead in terms of space, you can run it in a chrooted environment. It's not pretty, but it works.
We first set up a chrooted environment
sudo apt-get install debootstrap coreutils mkdir -p $HOME/tmp/architectures/testing cd $HOME/tmp/architectures sudo debootstrap --arch amd64 testing $HOME/tmp/architectures/testing/ http://ftp.au.debian.org/debian/ sudo chroot testing/
Sort out locales to avoid annoying error messages
apt-get install locales echo 'export LC_ALL="C"'>>/etc/bash.bashrc echo 'export LANG="C"'>>/etc/bash.bashrc source /etc/bash.bashrc
Also, add your hostname (=beryllium) to /etc/hosts by putting your hostname at the end of the 127.0.0.1 line:
127.0.0.1 localhost beryllium
to avoid constant warnings about unresolved hostname like the one below
sudo: unable to resolve host beryllium
I don't like working as root even in a chrooted environment, so create a new user, 'build' and give it superuser powers:
And edit /etc/sudoers to add
Run the echo command below and exit your chroot:
echo "export DISPLAY=:0.0">>/etc/bash.bashrc exitAnd put this in a file, e.g. gimp.sh
Runxhost + sudo mount -o bind /proc $HOME/tmp/architectures/testing/proc sudo cp /etc/resolv.conf $HOME/tmp/architectures/testing/etc/resolv.conf sudo chroot $HOME/tmp/architectures/testing
Now inside the chrooted shell that you just started, do
su gimp cd ~
Time to install gimp
sudo apt-get install gimp
And you're done!
You can now run GIMP 2.8 in the chrooted environment. It is NOT elegant though.
|Gimp running in a chrooted Wheezy on a Squeeze virtual machine (LXDE) on a Wheezy physical machine (gnome 3).|
There are a few options -- you can obviously always move files from your host system to the chroot jail. A major point of a chroot jail is that you can't access the host system though, but we've set up our gimp.sh so that we can connect via ssh or sftp as well
In your chroot, as the user gimp, do e.g.
sudo apt-get install openssh-client sftp me@host:shared/
I warned you that it wasn't elegant...