[postgis-users] Which *.shp files is the TIGER GeoCoder referring to, and where do co99_d00 and pl99_d00 come from?

Stephen Woodbridge woodbri at swoodbridge.com
Sat Jul 12 15:43:27 PDT 2008

starbuxman wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> I'm trying to setup the TIGER geocoder but am new at this sort of thing:
> I've already finished the bit where i run import/load_tiger.sh successfully.
> I'm using the 2006se TIGER line data. I now have all the PostGIS (on
> Postgres 8.3) and two tables Landmarks and CompleteChain (with a
> whopping 66 million records!/ 25gb footprint!) that took 28 hours to
> install.
> Now it says to import the .shp files... Only question is, what shp files?
> Here is the listing of the typical archive:
> Archive:  TGR02164.ZIP
>  inflating: TGR02164.RT1
>  inflating: TGR02164.RT2
>  inflating: TGR02164.RT4
>  inflating: TGR02164.RT5
>  inflating: TGR02164.RT6
>  inflating: TGR02164.RT7
>  inflating: TGR02164.RT8
>  inflating: TGR02164.RTA
>  inflating: TGR02164.RTC
>  inflating: TGR02164.RTE
>  inflating: TGR02164.RTH
>  inflating: TGR02164.RTI
>  inflating: TGR02164.RTM
>  inflating: TGR02164.RTP
>  inflating: TGR02164.RTR
>  inflating: TGR02164.RTS
>  inflating: TGR02164.RTT
>  inflating: TGR02164.RTZ
>  inflating: TGR02164.MET
> Then, finally, looking ahead: I opened up the enxt step which is
> lookup_tables.sql and it in turn tries to create tables while drawing
> from tables called
>    co99_d00  and pl99_d00  -- where do these tables get created?  How?

These the the shapefiles that you need to load. You can download them 
from Census site look for the cartographic boundary files.

> I know that the 2007 data is now using .shp files (or at least that's
> my understanding) -- do I need to download those, as well? Does that
> introduce the risk of data that's not out of sync? For that matter,
> what do I do with that data in the first place?

No!, these are a totaly different format and will take a new process to 
install them into the geocoder if it is even possible.

-Steve W

> Any help is greatly appreciated, thank you,
> Joshua Long
> http://www.joshlong.com/

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