[mapserver-dev] Draft proposal for 8.0 - Site Context FIles

Jeff McKenna jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com
Sat Apr 3 04:39:33 PDT 2021

...such as adding a user/password into the context file, for specific 

Anyway those were my initial thoughts.  Will listen now for other 
thoughts :)

Have a nice weekend all,


On 2021-04-03 8:36 a.m., Jeff McKenna wrote:
> Hi Steve, I like the thinking, and while reviewing the draft the first 
> thing that came into my head: are we finally heading towards solving a 
> MapServer FAQ, 'how to add security into my OWS services?'  That of 
> course is different, but is it?  Again I'm likely saying too much here. 
> But I think most users will wonder if this can help them solve that 
> long-standing request, especially as we head into the OGCAPI world.  -jeff
> On 2021-04-02 6:19 p.m., Steve Lime wrote:
>> Hi all: Just thinking about ways to make configuring MapServer easier 
>> for information you can't or don't want to manage in mapfiles. 
>> Currently that is done via environment variables. Another option would 
>> be the use of config/ini-type file. I've started a draft RFC for 
>> something I'll call a MapServer context file for the moment. See 
>> https://github.com/sdlime/mapserver/wiki/MapServer-8.0-Context-File 
>> <https://github.com/sdlime/mapserver/wiki/MapServer-8.0-Context-File> 
>> for more information. Just floating an idea at this point...
>> --Steve

Jeff McKenna
GatewayGeo: Developers of MS4W, MapServer Consulting and Training
co-founder of FOSS4G

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