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GIMP Crashes When Run On A Non-32-Bit-Per-Pixel Display

I had remote desktop’d into my Windows 7 PC and trying to start up the graphical editing program GIMP v2.8.4 when I saw the following error window:

GIMP crash notification

GIMP crash notification

This message read (from Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library):

This application has requested the Runtime to terminate it in an
unusual way.
Please contact the application's support team for more information.

The cause? GIMP doesn’t like being run on any display with less than 32 bits per pixel.

The problem was that, by default, rdesktop on Linux uses a lower quantisation of pixels. To fix it add the -a 32 option to your rdesktop command line, e.g.:

rdesktop      # host to connect to
  -a 32         # ensure 32 bits per pixel to be displayed
  -g 1200x1024  # make the desktop window 1200 wide by 1024 deep
  -5            # use protocol version 5

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