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Why do java.awt libraries require X Server?

This issue applies to the Java Barcode Package and the Java based encoders provided with 2D font packages such as the Data Matrix, PDF417, Aztec, QR-Code and Maxicode.

The Abstract Window Types libraries (AWT) are there to provide basic Windows-Type graphical facilities for Java programmers to send graphics to an end user. The Unix version of these libraries is specifically created to use the X Server to render these graphics. So, to answer the question in its simplest form: The java.awt libraries are actually wrapper classes to produce graphics based on the X Server operating environment. This means to produce graphics, such as GIF and JPEG files, the awt libraries from an X Server environment must be present, unless the "headless mode" environment is properly setup.


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