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Old 09-26-2004, 02:58 PM   #1
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SSH 8-bit color display problem

Hi all,

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 -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 -l username

I start the gui program and everything goes right except the color 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. And color is as good as 24-bit. I tired to find a simular option in linux, but none is available, at least to me.

Anyone have any suggestion?? I really don't like to reboot my system everytime I need to use the program, and color is another concern.

Thanks in advance!!

Old 09-28-2004, 12:03 PM   #2
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Anyone has any suggestion?
I think one possible solution is to start a xterm in 8-bit depth. But how to I do that? Or Anyone one knows any other program that I can use?


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