GIDS is normally not capable of running in a TrueColor visual. The VNC server/viewer combination allows you however to create a simulated 8-bit display in which GIDS can run. (There are also alternatives to VNC, but we didn't have success with any of these yet).
The following procedure should work:
- Start a new VNC server with adjusted geometry: vncserver :1 -depth 8 -cc 3 -geometry 800x550 ":1" is the display number of the server. If this number is already is use, you can choose a different number. The first time the VNC server is started, it requests a password which will be needed for connecting with the VNC viewer. Because a connected VNC viewer provides full access to your account, also from other machines on the network, you should choose a safe password for this! (The password can be changed afterwards with the command vncpasswd.) - start the viewer: vncviewer :1 The password is asked. ":1" is the display number of the server. (If you you wish, you can put the viewer process in the background now.) - set environment variable for GIDS: setenv DISPLAY 127.0.0.1:1.0 the ":1" part is the display number of the server. - run GIPSY: gipsy You can do this from any terminal in which the above DISPLAY variable has been set. It is not necessary to use a terminal within the VNC viewer. - within GIPSY run e.g. inidisplay: inidisplay This should bring up GIDS within the VNC viewer. - If you don't need the VNC server anymore, you may want to terminate it: vncserver -kill :1 ":1" indicates the display number of the server.
January 25th, 2007, J. P. Terlouw
Rev.: January 30th, 2008