[MapServer-dev] Use Mapfile CONFIG keys in URLs

Seth G sethg at geographika.co.uk
Mon Mar 6 05:21:36 PST 2023

Hi devs,

The OGC Features API introduced in MapServer 8.0 allows accessing Mapfiles using keys in the config file:

URL: http://example.com/mykey/ogcapi/collections/foo/items.
Config file:

    mykey "/path/to/mapfile"

For all other requests you have to use the format http://example.com/?map=mykey&request=WMS...

I think it would be nice to be able to use the same approach as OGC Features API to allow the key to be used as part of the URL e.g. a WMS request could be accessed using: http://example.com/mykey/?request=WMS...

The changes to allow this seem to be minimal (with work to be done on tests and docs) - see [1]

Does anyone have any thoughts or reservations on adopting this approach?


[1] https://github.com/MapServer/MapServer/compare/main...geographika:mapserver:mapfile-key-url

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