Commit 0b7b1206 authored by Jehan's avatar Jehan
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build: add a Flatpak howto.

That's a work-in-progress, but that's my current status.
parent ca832fb0
GIMP Flatpak HowTo
* GIMP uses Flatpak's GNOME runtime, which contains a base of libraries,
some of which are dependencies of GIMP.
Check out the available versions at:
Verify that we use the last runtime version in `org.gimp.GIMP.json`:
> "runtime-version": "3.22"
* Install this runtime and the corresponding SDK if you haven't already:
> $ flatpak remote-add --from gnome
> $ flatpak install gnome org.gnome.Platform//3.22 org.gnome.Sdk//3.22
* Other GIMP dependencies which are not available in the GNOME runtime
should be built along as modules within GIMP's flatpak.
Check format in `org.gimp.GIMP.json` and add modules if necessary.
For more information and options, check flatpak builder's manifest
* On the other hand, if we increased the runtime version in particular,
some modules may no longer be necessary.
For instance, at time of writing, GNOME runtime 3.22 includes libpng
1.6.17 but GIMP requires "libpng >= 1.6.25".
Similarly lcms2 was available in the runtime but on a low version.
On a higher version runtime, these modules can likely be removed from
our manifest.
Note: I could find the GNOME runtime manifest at:
But this one is based on the Freedesktop runtime and I couldn't find
its contents yet.
* For a stable release, remove the following line from the manifest:
> "desktop-file-name-prefix": "(Dev) ",
* Run the flatpak builder with the following command:
> flatpak-builder --repo=gimp-repo gimp-flatpak-build org.gimp.GIMP.json
Note: if you ever want to check the `config.log` of any of the module,
this is available in a hidden directory of your working path.
For instance GIMP build dir will be `.flatpak-builder/build/gimp-1/`.
The number will be incrementing at each build (`flatpak-builder`
apparently caches every build).
If it ends successfuly, this will have built then installed GIMP in a
new folder `gimp-flatpak-build/` and all its dependencies based on the
information from the manifest. It will also create or update the
folder `gimp-repo` which is a flatpak repository.
* Test it with:
> flatpak --user remote-add --no-gpg-verify gimp-repo gimp-repo
> flatpak --user install gimp-repo org.gimp.GIMP
> flatpak run org.gimp.GIMP
Also an entry "(Dev) GNU Image Manipulation Software" should now be
available in your menus (or GNOME Overview). This will run the flatpak
* TODO: this is my current state. I still have to probably write a
`.flatpakrepo` file which we can upload on `` and should allow
GNU/Linux users to install GIMP and our flatpak repo in a few clicks.
We will also have to sign the repo with GPG, etc.
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