[osgeo4w-dev] MapServer and Apache

Alan Boudreault aboudreault at mapgears.com
Tue Jul 2 11:50:46 PDT 2013

Hi FrankW,

I totally agree with you about the package separation and the 
deprecation of mapserver56. The metapackage would be perfect for those 
who just want everything installed. In UbuntuGIS, things are separated 
similarly: libmapserver, cgi-mapserver (apache) mapserver-bin 

It allows users to have a better control on what they install.


On 13-07-01 01:12 PM, Frank Warmerdam wrote:
> 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,
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Alan Boudreault

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