does wordpress image cropping rely on some php library?


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quick question:

i'm developing a wordpress theme for a client and have a heavy use of the_post_thumbnail function.

now, on my local dev site (running under MAMP) everything works like a charm and all the images get hard cropped to the correct size.

on the live dev site the cropping is completly ignored by wordpress. the output of the image is


but it should be


after i changed my settings on the live/local dev site i used the ajax-thumbnail-rebuild plugin to rebuild all the images.. it just wont work on the live site.

now i read somewhere that the wordpress hard crop function relies on some php library calld php_hd2. can anyone confirm this?


Thanks to Fredleys link it seems to be the GD library i meant. Which is installed on my server. <strike>sadly in the comments on the link people still have the problem despite GD being installed (which i can confirm for my server tomorrow).</strike>

But there is one interesting comment in there on the end of fredleys link:

wp_get_attachment_metadata() returns a hash without 'sizes' key. And that hash is returned by a call to apply_filters()

which sounds like my problem. i have all options in the backend available, nothing greyed out, and the images are available on the server.. they just won't get called on the frontend.

// UPDATE 2 &amp; SOLVED

Ok. Found the Problem. The Server is running on Debian which has the gd_lib installed - BUT not the bundled Version. So there are things missing in this package. If you need to install the right version of gd_lib on Debian you'll find a nice <a href="" rel="nofollow">solution</a> here.