I tried to compile the Gimp-perl module.Windows just doesn't have the capability to do it.
I am pretty sure the reason is just like you said, no actual compiled libraries.
I should have kept all the gimp files i was actually able to compile, unfortunately i deleted them all.
There is a humongous amount of binaries you will need to compile Gimp.You can dl them all here.ftp://ftp.gnu.org/pub/gnu/My advice would be to download and install CYGWIN
the entire package (about 700mb)
Don't mess around with Msys or MinGW i couldnt get either to work correctly. (configuration file cannot find paths)
That is what i ended up doing so i would have everything in a decent directory tree i needed for compiling BABL and GEGL.Which you need to compile Gimp.
In order to get everything you need for a decent compile for Gimp, you need all those dependencies.
Then download the gimp src files and un-tar it manually. (RAR or 7zip)
Or if you have unzip installed in your bin folder just run your reg untar command in the terminal.
NOW - cd to the gimp file and run configure ( ./configure)
Each time you get an error, for a missing file or dev or lib package, open cygwin and grab the package from there.
Or you can dl this nifty little program named apt-cyg - http://code.google.com/p/apt-cyg/
Do this because cygwin places the files exactly where they need to be after it compiles them for you.
Just keep running configure until you get your configure script to run all the way through.
You will need BABL and GEGL compiled to run a decent compile. It's required and the configure script will let you know that.I had no problems getting either to compile though so that shouldn't be a problem.
When i tried to compile 2.7.2 i ran into one last problem which was from the developer, and as far as i know hasn't been fixed.The compile runs all the way up to creating an actual exe for gimp 2.7.2, and fails.
You may not have this problem if you compile 2.6 versions. (i didn't try any of those)
Good luck either way, i gave up and uninstalled cygwin and msys, and camelbox...lol
Ill wait for the developers to get the next version out, or a scriptor to write a autosave file in scm or python.
Compiling gets my blood pressure too high. =)
Oh and btw wacmaster = Rod