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I'm trying to compile Gimp with a special plugin called Refocus-It. I know that I need to compile something. Can somebody please explain what needs to be done?

I would like to accomplish this using the Code::Blocks, but I think it's for C++ only, so I downloaded Eclipse, also, just in case. In other words, I'm on Windows.... So the 'use ./config' mentioned in the Install file in the source code isn't translating meaning to me.

I did try reformatting my system and using Linux. Unfortunately, even with some help from IRC, I couldn't figure out if I was compiling correctly. If I was successful in any of my many attempts, I couldn't figure out how to start Gimp after I did 'compilation'. So, I couldn't test my work at all.

Please advise. Thank you.

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This plugin project seems to have been abandoned. The last version 0.9 dates from 2003, and bug reports from 2004 and 2005 were never answered and are still open. You should be aware of the fact that versions numbered below 1.0 are beta versions.

You could try to get in touch with the developer of this plug-in, Ernst Lippe, at, but I do not think that you will get any answer.

Sorry to be negative, but I really think you should look for for another plugin that can do the job.

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That's cool, Harry. I appreciate the info and the digging you've done to answer. There's still the issue of how to build a plugin into gimp, though. I'm trying to figure out how to install various plugins into gimp from source to executable. – Wolfpack'08 Oct 23 '11 at 8:13
I guess this is because I am under the impression that, while some plugins can merely be dropped into the plugins folder, some plugins need to be compiled into the program. – Wolfpack'08 Oct 23 '11 at 8:17
I would counsel staying out of trouble and only using plugins that do not require compilation. Compilation is the mark of an outdated plugin that may not work without much fiddling in the latest GIMP version or the one after. – harrymc Oct 23 '11 at 9:05
Looks like nobody's going to hook up the wiki post. :( Oh well. Thanks, harry. – Wolfpack'08 Jan 12 '12 at 13:25

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