Re: Application background colours

Chris Dunn (
Thu, 16 Sep 1999 17:58:36 -0500 (EST)

On 16-Sep-99 David Mihm wrote:

>> On Thu, 16 Sep 1999, Chris Dunn wrote:
>>I'm running Afterstep 1.6.10 on a Linux 2.0.36 kernel.

>>I'm finding some curious behaviour with xfmail under Afterstep and would
>>appreciate a pointer towards the root of the problem.

>>When I add the program to the start menu and access it from that menu it
>>displays with three background colours, blue for the folder list, white for
>>the message content panel and grey for all else.

>>When it is added to the wharf and accessed from the wharf it substitutes a
>>quite disgusting shade of pale green for the areas that were previously grey.
>       The reason is that you must be running X in 8bpp, therefore your
> colors are limited.  So when you add the icon to the wharf, it takes up
> several more colors, thus leaving the app to try to match a color already
> being used to what the color should be.  A solution would be to not run at
> 8bpp, man XF86Config and search for ColorDepth (enter "/" and then enter
> "ColorDepth") to make default colordepth not 8bpp.  If you have no choice
> but to run at 8bpp, you'll need to reduce the number of colors; aweb site
> is linked from the Links section of the AfterStep website.

Nope. Sorry David, but I'm operating X at 16bpp.