[osgeo4w-dev] MapServer and Apache

Frank Warmerdam warmerdam at pobox.com
Mon Jul 1 10:12:03 PDT 2013

Alan and other folks,

I have recently updated the mapscript-python package to work against the
mapserver6 package.  This was done for Paolo Cavallini who has a mapscript
based python plugin (a qgis to .map translator I believe) for QGIS that he
would like to be able to deploy easily.

Currently the mapscript-python package depends on mapserver which in turn
depends on apache since mapserver is usually most useful with apache also
installed and configured.  However, for folks just wanting to use qgis from
osgeo4w this drags in a heavy dependency, and one likely to conflict with
existing http services on their machine.

So, I'm wondering about a few possibilities:

1) remove the apache dependency from the mapserver6 package, and instead
have a "mapserver-full" metadata package which might pull in related
technologies like apache and mapscript.  The express install could be setup
to use this mapserver-full package.

2) split the mapserver runtime (dll) out into a subpackage -
"mapserver6-core" perhaps, that I could in turn depend on.

What do you think?

Also, I see the setup "express" install for MapServer is installing the
mapserver56 version.  I'd like to update that to the mapserver6 version as
a step towards deprecating the mapserver56 packages. What do you think?  I
notice the mapserver tutorial depends on 5.6 as well.

Best regards,
I set the clouds in motion - turn up   | Frank Warmerdam,
warmerdam at pobox.com
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and watch the world go round - Rush    | Geospatial Software Developer
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