[mapserver-dev] Re: GeoServer superseeding MapServer in Europe?

Lime, Steve D (DNR) Steve.Lime at state.mn.us
Thu Jul 8 23:23:17 EDT 2010

Hi Maaza: I don't think folks would withhold information for monetary reasons. You can't expect them to write an application for you but compilation tips and tricks are certainly freely given if someone is in the know. Solaris is increasingly rare so it's likely either someone hasn't done it recently or perhaps questions to the list weren't clear or complete (I didn't look to see if you posted...).

In general, questions with good basic information (versions, error messages, steps tried already) will be met with interest by the community.


From: mapserver-dev-bounces at lists.osgeo.org [mapserver-dev-bounces at lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of AxuMagic3496 [magic3496 at gmail.com]
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Subject: RE: [mapserver-dev] Re: GeoServer superseeding MapServer in Europe?

I am also a new user of MapServer. My experience with configuration of a Map File started when I wanted to produce images for animation from GIS data (I was introduced to fwtools by a colleague). At that time, I had a hard time getting any information on how to compile it on Windows. The solution, I found a windows compilation on the web, I was able to do what I needed.

Then I started to look into using MapServer. I tried to compile MapServer on Solaris (our web server), I found out that it is not easy. No documentation exists, perhaps no one has done it before. I also found out that it requires too many dependencies, and they are all over the place. I attempted to compile and gave-up. At last I used the FGS MapServer implementation on Ubuntu using a temporary server. My site is working but I can not update it with additional libraries that I would like to use.

I know some would not want to share for free what they know because it is their means of earning income. Does any of this insider knowledge gets presented at any of the user conference? May be I can come and learn.


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