I'm very new to linux. Please be patient with me if my question is stupid enough.
I need to remote log in to my school Unix machine from my Mandrake 9.2 machine at home. The server only allows ssh to do the remote access. So, all I do is
ssh remote.host -l username
Then type the password. Everything is fine. I can open netscape and other stuff. But when I start a gui program, a error shows up: "Failed to find 8-plane PseudoColor visual"
I was told that I need to change the color display to 8-bit. So, I change my desktop color to 8-bit and reboot the system. Then, I do
ssh -X -C remote.host -l username
I start the gui program and everything goes right although the color display is kind of crappy. After I'm done with the program, I change the color back to 24-bit and reboot the system.
My question is if there is an easy way to do that without rebooting my system? The reason I ask is that my friend who uses a Mac G4 laptop can do it very easily. All he does is to type the following in a terminal.
X11 -depth 8
He said it changes the color depth to 8-bit. And then an new terminal pops up. Type the ssh command in the new terminal and everything is set. GUI is running without problem. I tired to find a simular option in linux. Anyone have any suggestion?? I really don't like to reboot my system everytime I need to use the program.
Thanks in advance!!