I have been using GIMP for many years and suddenly the selection outline - dashed line has stopped working. it does make the selection and I can cut away the invisible selection but I cannot see it. I toggled it in the view menu and under preferences... nothing. Also if I convert the selection to a path and try and stroke it, nothing appears

  • Check preferences, reset if necessary. Last resort might be a totally clean reinstall of GIMP. Other than that, tech support is generally off-topic here. Sorry about that. Might depend on your setup/OS/version/maybe a corrupt installation, who knows!
    – Billy Kerr
    Jul 6 '21 at 12:20

If you are on OSX Big Sur, this is a known problem.

You can check your selection with the QuickMask or the Selection editor.

Not that when you do Select ➤ To path and the Edit ➤ Stroke path only one half of the path is drawn since the other half/side lies outside the selection. If the path is thin (1px) there is not much left.

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