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Bug 814 - Linux conf requires a higher bit depth than standard VGA to run
Linux conf requires a higher bit depth than standard VGA to run
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: linuxconf (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: David Lawrence
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Reported: 1999-01-12 23:55 EST by mfranz
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 1999-04-09 22:50:25 EDT
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Description mfranz 1999-01-12 23:55:46 EST
I was shocked to find out that linuxconf would not run with
a generic VGA driver (16 color VGA) for X installed. If
Linux is to get easier to use, all the utils should work at
any bit depth from within X.

I was running on an AMD K6-350
3Dfx Banshee 16MB running generic VGA X drivers
clean install - No other programs other than "server" Linux
Comment 1 David Lawrence 1999-01-19 16:38:59 EST
I have been able to replicate this problem in the test lab. Linuxconf
when run from an xterm, complains by saying:

remadmin (GUI frontend) exiting abnormally

Also, the usermode utilities such usermount, userinfo, and userpasswd
will not work correctly in 4 bit color. The complain:

** ERROR **: unable to find a usable color depth
Aborted (core dumped)

Since these all rely on gtk then it is possible gtk is causing the
problem in low color situations.
Comment 2 Michael K. Johnson 1999-02-10 13:36:59 EST
There are no intrinsic limitations in the gnome-linuxconf front
end for 16-bit color, so this must be a Gtk (or slightly possibly
GNOME) limitation.  This may have been improved with recent
development versions of Gtk.

This bug has been reassigned to QA for testing with latest
development Gtk/GNOME.
Comment 3 Michael K. Johnson 1999-04-09 22:50:59 EDT
I have verified that this is fixed with the latest Gtk and GNOME.
We can't back-port this to 5.2 as an errata item, but as a
workaround, you can run gnome-linuxconf in terminal mode with either
linuxconf --text
DISPLAY= linuxconf
(note, the space after the = is important)

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