[Mapserver-users] How does one create .map files?

Gerry Creager N5JXS gerry.creager at tamu.edu
Wed May 26 20:13:38 EDT 2004

I've grown really fond of starting with QGIS and letting it export a 
.map file for me.  It's almost never perfect, but it's a start.


Tyler Mitchell wrote:
> Plants are welcome on this list... :)
> Many typically take an existing .map file and start pulling out stuff and 
> sticking in their own stuff.  Use a basic text editor like Notepad should 
> be fine.  I can't speak too much to your data format question, but 
> MapServer can read numerous (dozens) of different raster and vector 
> formats.  It uses some behind-the-scenes capabilities of a library called 
> GDAL/OGR for reading raster and vector data.  GDAL currently supports 
> DTED, but does not appear to _directly_ support the others you mentioned.
> See: 
> http://remotesensing.org/pipermail/gdal-dev/2003-September/001057.html
> Any format that OGR can read in, can (more or less?) be exported into 
> Shapefiles using the ogr2ogr utility.  I'd highly recommend getting some 
> sample data first and getting comfy  :)
> Keep up the questions as your progress and we'll help you out.
> You'd really benefit from attending the MapServer Users Conference in 
> Ottawa, June 9-11th.  The MapServer 101 workshop would be right up your 
> alley! 
> mapserver-users-admin at lists.gis.umn.edu wrote on 05/26/2004 02:55:10 PM:
>>Ok, I am so green at this I practically qualify as plant life... I 
>>got through a few good tutorials and didn't die.. but now I am going
>>to try to use my own (well, ok, ESRI's) shapefiles and data.  But 
>>how does one go about creating .map files?  By hand?  Is there a 
>>utility?   Also, I just got some NIMA files which is part of the 
>>actual data that I'll be using.   There are also ADRG, CADRG, CIB, &
>>DTED files that I will have to contend with.  Are there utilities 
>>out there for an easy conversion to shapefiles?  I will be receiving
>>3.5 Terabytes worth of data.  I would hate to have to create each .
>>map file by hand...
>>Thanks in advance for any help anyone can offer.
>>- sharyn
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