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

Ed McNierney ed at topozone.com
Wed May 26 21:57:35 EDT 2004

Sharyn -

For several years now I've been using the C preprocessor to take
"template" MAP files and do #includes, macro expansion, etc.  It's
pretty convenient if you need to either generate lots of MAP files or
lots of layers in a MAP file.  We've got around 150+ MAP files, around
60 or 70 layers, and nearly 350,000 source data files, and it is a good
way to keep things organized.

	- Ed

Ed McNierney
President and Chief Mapmaker
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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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