When I start my Mac, a Terminal window always opens with the same GIMP related message.

bobprata – File-PDF-Load— 80 x 24
Last login: Sun Dec 17 22:08:58 on console
/Applications/GIMP.app/Contents/Resources/lib/gimp/2.0/plug-ins/file-pdf-load/file-pdf-load ; exit;
bobprata@Bobs-iMac ~ % /Applications/GIMP.app/Contents/Resources/lib/gimp/2.0/plug-ins/file-pdf-load/file-pdf-load ; exit;
/Applications/GIMP.app/Contents/Resources/lib/gimp/2.0/plug-ins/file-pdf-load/file-pdf-load is a GIMP plug-in and must be run by GIMP to be used

Does this message mean I need to Install a plugin?
What do I do to stop this from happening?
Reinstalling GIMP didn’t stop this from happening.

Version I’m using: GIMP 2.10.36 for mac

Operating system: macOS Catalina 10.15.7

Somewhere in your automatic startup config (startup folder somewhere?) something/someone added/dropped the executable of Gimp’s PDF plugin (or a shortcut to it). So it gets executed outside of Gimp, and complains. To fix:

  • Find it (file name is file-pdf-load with possibly an extension (file-pdf-load.app?)
  • Move it somewhere else
  • Check that Gimp can still open PDFs
  • If yes, erase it
  • If not:
    • Use Edit > Prefences > Folders > Plug-ins to locate Gimp’s system plugins
    • Move the file there.

Hi Ofnuts, your recommendation worked! Thank you for removing one more annoying distraction from my computer so I can work in peace!
Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New year!

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