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

Tyler Mitchell TMitchell at lignum.com
Thu May 27 12:03:13 EDT 2004

Sounds interesting Ed, I'd love to see an example of your methodology.


mapserver-users-admin at lists.gis.umn.edu wrote on 05/26/2004 06:57:35 PM:

> 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
> TopoZone.com
> -----Original Message-----
> From: mapserver-users-admin at lists.gis.umn.edu
> [mailto:mapserver-users-admin at lists.gis.umn.edu] On Behalf Of Namnath,
> Sharyn
> Sent: Wednesday, May 26, 2004 5:55 PM
> To: 'mapserver-users at lists.gis.umn.edu'
> Subject: [Mapserver-users] How does one create .map files?
> 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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