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Bug 1398 - xfree palette problem
Summary: xfree palette problem
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: [OLD] Core system (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: High normal (vote)
Assignee: Martin Schlemmer (RETIRED)
Depends on:
Reported: 2002-03-29 15:40 UTC by Paul de Vrieze (RETIRED)
Modified: 2004-08-19 12:40 UTC (History)
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Description Paul de Vrieze (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2002-03-29 15:40:31 UTC
Running X in 8 bit mode I have pallete screwups. This happens in ebuilds 
4.2.0-r6 and 4.2.0-r5 on (at least) two different computers. One running the 
nvidia drivers, the other the trident driver. I experience the problems using 
windowmaker, black box , and wine running starcraft (but probably that won't 
be the only troublemaker). I suspect this problem is caused by the ebuild or 
by X (which I seriously doubt)
Comment 1 Bruce A. Locke (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2002-03-29 23:46:23 UTC
The patches we apply are:

-i18n fix
-libGLU (extern) fix
-truetype fixes
-one line xft patch

So unless you can track it down to some obscure bug related to gcc, compiler
opts, etc I strongly suspect its either a configuration error or XFree86
upstream issue..

Comment 2 Paul de Vrieze (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2002-03-31 08:05:44 UTC
I suspect indeed it is an upstream xfree bug. My compile options are "-O2 
-march=i686 -mcpu=i686", so nothing that obscure. The patches mentioned don't 
seem to do anything with the palette, where the problem surely must be. (All 
programs use a lot of colors).

Maybe someone could try to replicate the problem (just run X with windowmaker 
as displaymanager and 256 colors).
Comment 3 Jason Draugluin Ritchie 2002-04-04 18:55:59 UTC
I have run X recently at -depth 8 with fluxbox.  The colors aren't dithered the 
way I would expect them to be on the fluxbox bar.  The bar shows up in simple 
black whereas it should be a dithered gradient, I would hope.

The second issue I have with 8-bit X, I am unable to run starcraft in winex.  
The pointer disappears and everything hangs.  If I kill the wine process from a 
tty, I see errors about it being unable to start glx.  I use the nvidia 
drivers.  Happily, 16-bit seems to work quite nicely for fluxbox and a little 
terran ultra-violence :)

This doesn't strike me as a Gentoo-specific type issue either, just throwing in 
my experiences.
Comment 4 Paul de Vrieze (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2002-07-09 08:56:05 UTC
I have reason to believe this behaviour can be followed back to the xrender
extension. I somewhere read something about it "eating" colors.
Comment 5 SpanKY gentoo-dev 2002-09-19 19:32:27 UTC
wine says 'if you dont run in 16-bit color and something breaks, then its your 
fault we dont want to hear about it'
Comment 6 Paul de Vrieze (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2002-10-11 08:14:01 UTC
I think this bug should be closed WONTFIX as it is a problem with XFree
Comment 7 Paul de Vrieze (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2004-08-19 12:40:35 UTC
Closing the bug