How to load an image without a gui? big problems...

Hey guys, I usually try my best to not ask for help and figure stuff out myself. But this last week i've been having big problems with this work project.
My goal is to load images from disk, and append them to each other to create one big image.
The images are 0-9.jpg each file containing a number in it. then i create one big file with 4 numbers in it. called final.jpg.
so far i can do all this, but whenever the program is finished, the application just keeps running. the program has literally gone through all the steps... i have a system.out.println printed on the last line after the main, after the class instantiation... and still it stays running.
how do you guys load images without a gui? This program will probably be running under unix, so i can't create a (for component example)
Panel() and media track the file load... so i'm pretty much stumped
any help you guys can provide would be really incredibly helpfull at this point. I have searched these threads for a few hours without luck. I found only 1 real post related to my problem, but eventually they said use MediaTracker = new Mediatracker( new Panel() ); which i can't use. :(
Thanks a lot guys.

yeah tried doing that, didn't work either.
I FINALLY found a way...
and here it is for others to find!
public BufferedImage getImage(String filename) throws Exception {
FileInputStream input = new FileInputStream( filename );
JPEGImageDecoder decoder = JPEGCodec.createJPEGDecoder( input );
BufferedImage image = decoder.decodeAsBufferedImage();
return image;
it returns an image buffer, but it's better than nothing! :)
atleast this functions under unix.

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