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If you want to hack on the GIMP project, it will make your life easier
to have the following packages (or newer versions) installed:
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	- GNU autoconf 2.13
	- GNU automake 1.4
	- GNU libtool 1.3.4
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These should be available by ftp from prep.ai.mit.edu or any of the
fine GNU mirrors.  Beta software can be found at alpha.gnu.org.

	- pkg-config 0.7.0 (or a newer version)
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		Available from http://www.freedesktop.org/software/pkgconfig

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If you are accessing gimp via CVS, then you will need to take several
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steps to get it to compile.  You can do all these steps at once
by running:
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        cvsroot/gimp# ./autogen.sh
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Basically this does the following for you:
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        cvsroot/gimp# aclocal; automake; autoconf

        The above commands create the "configure" script.  Now you
        can run the configure script in cvsroot/gimp to create all
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        the Makefiles.

Before running autogen.sh or configure, make sure you have libtool in
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your path. Also make sure glib-2.0.m4 glib-gettext.m4 and gtk-2.0.m4 
are either installed in the same $prefix/share/aclocal relative to 
your automake/aclocal installation or call autogen.sh with
'ACLOCAL_FLAGS="-I $prefix/share/aclocal" ./autogen.sh'.
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Note that autogen.sh runs configure for you.  If you wish to pass
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options like --prefix=/usr to configure you can give those options to
autogen.sh and they will be passed on to configure.

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If at all possible, please use CVS to get the latest development
version of gimp, as well as the CVS version of gtk-doc, glib, pango,
atk and gtk+.  You can do the following to get them all from cvs:

   $ export CVSROOT=':pserver:anonymous@anoncvs.gimp.org:/cvs/gnome'
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   $ cvs login
     (there is no password, just hit return)
   $ cvs -z3 checkout gtk-doc glib pango atk gtk+ gimp

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We will try our best to keep the GIMP CVS tree compileable against
the latest development releases of glib, pango, atk and gtk+. Since
it is sometimes difficult to get a working state out of CVS, you may
prefer to use these releases instead. Get them from 
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As we said above, GIMP CVS will, as far as possible, be kept 
compatible with the most current release. This means that
occasionally it will not build with CVS glib, gtk+, atk and
pango. To allow people to build with the CVS versions of these,
the file RELEASE-TO-CVS.patch is included. To patch GIMP CVS 
with this file, run patch -p0 < RELEASE-TO-CVS.patch in the root 
gimp directory.

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Please submit patches to the gimp-developer@lists.xcf.berkeley.edu 
mailing list.  All kinds of contributions are appreciated. Larger patches 
should be uploaded to ftp://ftp.gimp.org/incoming/. Follow the rules 
there for naming your patches.
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Autogenerated Files
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Please notice that some files in the source are generated from other 
sources. All those files have a short notice about being autogenerated 
somewhere at the top. Among them are the files ending in _pdb.[ch] in the 
libgimp directory and the files ending in _cmds.c in the app/pdb 
subdirectory. Those are generated from the respective .pdb files in 
tools/pdbgen/pdb. The list of contributors is used in several files which 
are for that reason generated from the file contributors in tools/authorsgen.
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We encourage you to follow the GIMP coding style throughout the GIMP project. 
For the core components (application and libs) this coding style is enforced. 
The GIMP coding style is defined as follows:

  Function names are lowercase, words separated by underscores.
  Macros and enums are all uppercase, words seperated by underscores.
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  Types are all words capitalized, no separators between words.

  All functions in header files need to be prototyped.

  Indentation rules are GNU coding style, in particular:
    - 2 characters indentation level
    - Do not use tabs (of course your editor can use tabs, but it 
      should write them to file as 8 spaces each).
    - Opening brackets are on a new line and indented one level.
    - Function header have the return type on one line, the name starting
      in the first column of the following line. All parameters are 
      prototyped and there's a new line for each.

Try to make use of GLib's object system as much as possible. Do not create 
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wrappers around functions of parent classes. If you end up duplicating code, 
try to create a common parent class and implement the common methods there.

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Don't include headers in headers except where unavoidable (e.g. for
deriving objects). Opaque typedefs go to app/apptypes.h

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Don't use the GTK wrappers around the GLib object and signal system.

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One goal of the 1.3 development branch is to make the GIMP code more readable
and understandable. Please help us to achieve this goal by cleaning up the
present code and make sure that all new code follows the coding guidelines.