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Re: Color Problems in IDL for Linux (Gnome)

Craig Markwardt wrote:

> Sean Davis <sdavis@nis.lanl.gov> writes:
> [reformatted for the bleary-eyed]
> > Well, I know we have all struggled with colors in IDL at one point
> > or another, but I am currently having a problem which is beyond the
> > usual frustrations people have with colors in IDL.
> >
> > Essentially, when I make a plot, the colors are in black and white
> > until i click on the upper-bar of the window that i'm interested
> > in seeing. Then, if there are any colors, the will be shown only as
> > long as my mouse is over the window of interest!!!
> >
> > This seems like a flaw in Gnome, because I can re-login using the
> > FVWM window manager and everything works fine.
> The answer may be that (a) you have an 8-bit display; and (b) Gnome
> uses up all of the colors in your color table, while FVWM does not.
> If your graphics card is capable, you may be able to investigate
> moving up to 24-bit, but you will need someone experienced in
> configuring your X-server.  Don't choose 16-bit or you'll be sorry.

Well, I do have 24-bit color so that rules that out. Maybe Gnome uses up all
of the colors, which still doesn't make
sense because the colors can be seen by me clicking on the window of

> Craig
> P.S. Sean, I prefer carriage returns and no HTML.  In other words,
> what ever Microsoft hath given you, taketh it away. :-) As for gaudy

Microsoft hath nothing giveth to me in the first place.

> signatures, well, whatever.

yes ... whatever.  heaven forbid one be creative.

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