I wonder where I must save my own patterns to make them available in dialog - patterns along with Gimps' own patterns. I found a folder ./Gimp-1.2 with a subfolder "patterns". But this subfolder is empty (which I find surprising, because I would assume that Gimp's own patterns should be there, if this is the right folder at all) and copying my .pat-files there does not do the trick. I still do not see them in dialog - patterns, even after "refresh" or a new start of Gimp.
So I tried to save them within a Gimp session. File - save as gave me a box where I should a correct path under "selection". Since I cannot see my Gimp folder (being probably hidden), I just hoped they would be saved automatically to the right place. The next box was a small one with the heading "saving file as pattern" (or suchlike, I do not remember exactly) and a field "Description". But I still did not find my own pattern in Dialog - patterns.
I hope there is somebody out there who can help me. Part of my problem seems to be that I am a beginner with both, Gimp and Linux.
thanks - heidi