Beginning MapServer: Open Source GIS Development by Bill Kropla

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By Bill Kropla

Starting MapServer: Open resource GIS improvement is the 1st publication of its variety. It bargains a complete creation to MapServer, the improvement platform for integrating mapping expertise into web functions. you are going to the best way to construct and expand dynamic purposes utilizing well known languages like personal home page, Perl, and Python.After a radical creation to set up and configuration, you will discover uncomplicated MapServer issues and examples. you are going to additionally know about complex MapServer positive factors, and the way to question and include dynamic information into your software. The booklet culminates with the construction of a precise mapping software.

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Fm Page 13 Friday, July 15, 2005 7:28 AM CHAPTER 1 ■ BUILDING MAPSERVER The configuration is as simple as that. Of course, a publicly accessible web server would require more than this. You might, for example, keep your files outside the Apache tree and just create symlinks to them. In a production environment, you’d also want to pay a lot more attention to permissions—but this is an experimental environment, so you can get away with the slack security. ■Note In the example environment, the Apache DocumentRoot is /var/www/htdocs/.

Download the source distributions identified in Table 1-2 and put them somewhere convenient. fm Page 5 Friday, July 15, 2005 7:28 AM CHAPTER 1 ■ BUILDING MAPSERVER Table 1-2. org Building and Installing the Software This section presents a detailed description of the installation process for MapServer and all the supporting libraries. The Autoconf utility will eliminate most of the tedious work by configuring each build automatically. But keep in mind that some installations may already have installed these libraries.

Html to a convenient location on your computer. These data sets are all in ESRI shapefile format (shapefiles are discussed in more detail in the Appendix). For this example, you’ll use only the third data set, state boundaries—however, go ahead and untar them all to the data directory. * These constitute the shapefile that contains the spatial information and attributes of the states. ■Note The term shapefile is something of a misnomer since a shapefile actually consists of three files that share the same base name and are distinguished by file extension.

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