ColdFusion and Graphics on Linux

Anyone out there have problems using image manipulation libraries — or even just CFCHART, for that matter — on a Linux server? If you aren’t running an X server on your Linux box (which you most likely are not) and/or do not have the XFree86 libraries installed, you are not going to be able to use tags like CFCHART, or the upcoming Jimg package on DRK 4 which lets you use ColdFusion tags or components to manipulate images in a variety of ways. The reason is that Java uses native graphic libraries for many graphic operations, so in come cases, either X needs to be running, or a virtual X server (like the X Virtual Frame Buffer, or Xvfb).

These are not fun issues to solve. Daemonite posted about this back in April in the context of CFCHART and offers some advice, and thanks to Ben Simon, I recently found a very comprehensive resource on how to solve the issue.

4 Responses to ColdFusion and Graphics on Linux

  1. P.R. Newman says:

    Hi Christian,Do you have any contact information for Ben Simon? I’m having trouble installing Jimg from DRK4 (lots of Java compile errors).Thanks…

  2. Christian Cantrell says:

    What kind of errors are you seeing? If you pass them along to me, I’m sure I can help you figure out what’s going on.Christian

  3. Christian Cantrell says:

    Please post all DRK support related issues to the Macromedia DRK forums:,Christian

  4. I’m happy I’ve never had any problems with Jimg 😀