Issues running Xorg in 8 bit color mode:q

Doug Kuvaas doug.kuvaas at
Fri Sep 16 05:44:55 PDT 2011

2011/9/16 Michel Dänzer <michel at>

> On Don, 2011-09-15 at 14:26 -0500, Doug Kuvaas wrote:
> > I have a legacy application that is run from a UNIX host computer that
> > does not function properly if executed with color depths greater than
> > 8 bits.  When I try to run Xorg in the form of Xorg :0 +bs -wm -retro
> > -depth 8 -fbbpp 8, all I end up with is grayscale, no color at all.
> See . A
> sad example of perfect being the enemy of better...
> --
> Earthling Michel Dänzer           |         
> Libre software enthusiast         |          Debian, X and DRI developer

Does this mean that want I want to do is no longer supported by Xorg?  Or do
I need to build a more recent version?  RandR isn't needed by my
application, so that can certainly be left out if need be.

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