Installed GIMP 2.8.18 but cant read Help–> User Manual

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    GIMP Seems to work OK on another notebook with another distro so I’m posting here.

    Antix 17.4.1 386 Full and via the Package Manager all the updates plus GIMP.

    The program seems to work OK but when I select the User Manual I get a browser full of HTML – Hard to read.



    I installed GIMP-full from the Package Installer. When trying to open help -> user manual -> (any selection), I got an error message:

    Could not open ‘’ for reading: Operation not supported

    Perhaps you are missing GIO backends and need to install GVFS?

    So I copied & pasted the address into firefox. Then I got the html mess that you wrote of, and another error message at the top:

    This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it. The document tree is shown below.
    <gimp-help><help-item id=”gimp-main” ref=”index.html” title=”GNU Image Manipulation Program” parent=”” sort=”1″/><help-item id=”preface” ref=”preface.html” title=”Preface” parent=”gimp-main” sort=”1.0.3″/><help-item id=”gimp-team” ref=”preface.html#gimp-team” title=”1. GIMP User Manual Authors and Contributors” parent=”preface” sort=”1″/>

    (And the file continues.)

    I tried to install the gvfs package (& deps) but nothing changed.
    So perhaps someone who knows better than I do can advise?

    I don’t know how to advise on this, except
    I did notice that “help” -> “GIMP online” -> “user manual website” does work, although I realize this isn’t as ideal as having it off-line.


    you can read online here:

    To install the docs (38Mb+) locally:
    sudo apt install gimp-help-en

    The installation of gvfs-backends will additionally enable ability to jumpTo context-sensitive gimp help pages


    I installed gvfs-backends but that didn’t change anything that I could tell.


    I reviewed my original post and realized that I failed to fully describe “can’t read” I get the HTML in the browser as an editor but the browser isn’t interpeting the code into readable information.

    So the restatement of my question would be something like: “… Help –> User Manual –> Basic Concepts get me to an editor of the appropriate HTML code.

    Again aplologies for not being clear.


    here’s a workaround. To access the local helpdocs, paste the following URL into your browser addressbar:



    Thanks. I put the help browser in a second work space – like you said “a workaround”.

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