I'm having some trouble with some low-level tools. Any advice would be appreciated.
Here's the situation: I've been having trouble with screwy rendering of GUI elements in gimp. Submitted a bug, the gimp people say it's a gtk problem. Since I'd been meaning to upgrade from 10.5.8, I figured I'd go ahead and do that, and see if that took care of the gtk issue - no dice. So I checked, and gtk --version said I was a little behind, so I downloaded their installer script for the current version, and ran .configure. The script says it's having trouble with autoconf. So I check autoconf, and sure enough, it's a little ways behind, so I go to bring that up to date so I can update gtk, and autoconf wants shtools. Okay, no shtools, so I go to try to install that. shtools installs without a hitch (I put it in /etc/shtools, if that's relevant), but the autoconf installer still complains about not having shtools, and so the gtk installer won't continue. Now, and this is presumably related, Gimp won't start up - it starts X okay, and shows the startup image with progress bar, and it builds the frame for a window, then X crashes.
I suppose one option would be to do a clean install of 10.6 and see if that takes care of it, but I'd like to save that for last. Any suggestions for things to try?