Students in my lab run various apps on a central SGI IRIX and HP-UX
system, which each then display graphical output simultaneously on
multiple remote Redat 7 linux boxes.
Some of these server apps only generate their remote graphics
correctly if the linux boxes are in an 8-bit color depth. If set to
higher depths they either generate fatal colormap errors or just
generate screwed-up and non-usable colors. We only have binaries of
the server apps, so have to work with them as they are.
However, on other occasions, the students want the linux screens set
in the highest color depth possible (eg when using GIMP, StarOffice,
One possible neat solution seemed to me to set different color depths
for different user accounts on each box.
Does anyone know if that's possible and how I should go about setting
Or is there a more elegant way of doing this?
We did consider using CTRL-ALT-PLUS/MINUS to cycle through
preconfigured color depths, but this proved too unwieldy and