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Disable GIMP Splash Screen on OS X

posted Jan 11, 2013, 6:17 PM by Pasi Orovuo
GIMP's finally got an OS X native build - yay! There's one thing, that I found very annoying. Each time you start the program, the splash screen is displayed on top of the window stack covering other windows. And it's not possible to Option-Tab it away. There's help though.

It's possible to disable the splash screen entirely, by editing the startup script. So navigate to /Applications/GIMP.app/Contents/MacOS and edit file called GIMP.

At he bottom you'll see something like this:

if [ "x$GTK_DEBUG_SHELL" != "x" ]; then
    exec bash

else
    $EXEC "$bundle_contents/MacOS/$name-bin"
fi
Add --no-splash on the second last line:

if [ "x$GTK_DEBUG_SHELL" != "x" ]; then
    exec bash

else
    $EXEC "$bundle_contents/MacOS/$name-bin" --no-splash
fi



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