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
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.
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
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
(note, the space after the = is important)