I was trying to remove the older Gimp version in order to install the latest version on my Ubuntu 14.04, I've compiled and installed it. When I start gimp, it says that it was installed in the same directory(/usr/lib) and conflicts with the older one. I removed the package using both

apt-get purge gimp*


apt-get autoremove

If I do:

dpkg -l gimp

it says that it isn't installed, but if I type gimp in the terminal, the following message appears:

gimp: symbol lookup error:
gimp: undefined symbol:
gimp: symbol lookup error:
gimp: undefined symbol: g_type_check_instance_is_fundamentally_a

How can I remove it in order to do a fresh installation?

  • Did you check what actually is being executed after typing gimp with something like which gimp?
    – joepd
    Dec 16, 2015 at 23:04
  • Where did you install your compiled copy: /usr, /usr/local, somewhere else? Run ldd /usr/local/bin/gimp (or whatever) to see which libraries it's pulling. There's a library version mismatch somewhere. Dec 17, 2015 at 22:34

2 Answers 2


If you are lucky the package has an uninstall target, so in the source directory where you compiled it run sudo make uninstall. Otherwise you just have to manually delete the files it put in /usr/local.


I'd try using which gimp to check where the binary lies as one user suggested, but if you don't know where it was originally installed, that might not be helpful.

My suggestion is run sudo apt-get -o Dpkg::Options::="--force-overwrite" install gimp* to overwrite the current installation files, then run apt-get purge gimp* and try again.

If this again causes a problem, depending on the reason for a clean install, you may just want to run sudo apt-get -o Dpkg::Options::="--force-overwrite" install gimp* then apt-get remove gimp* and manually delete config files which are causing problems, then apt-get install gimp* etc...

Good luck debugging!

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