tomcat, JBoss etc. Should be headless?

Ronald Klop ronald-freebsd6 at
Tue Mar 30 11:39:17 PST 2004

On Tue, 30 Mar 2004 12:42:53 +0100 (BST), Mark Dixon 
<mark at> wrote:

> Hi,
> Given that these server type java ports run as daemon processes in the
> backgroundm wouldn't it be wise to start them up  with
> -Djava.awt.headless=true set?
> If nobody can think of a disadvantage to this, I'll work on a patch that
> makes it an tuneable in the makefiles with an eye to making it a default
> option at a later date.

You can make it a tuneable, but I do run Tomcat with Xvfb (X virtual 
framebuffer) to generate images from a servlet.
I think ports shouldn't do everything. There is also a responsibilty of 
the user/developer to understand how things work.
But than again... a tuneable never hurts.



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