[postgis-users] Are there any Ubuntu PPAs that serve PostGIS 2.0 beta releases?

Charlie Sharpsteen charles.sharpsteen at gmail.com
Fri Mar 16 12:58:24 PDT 2012

On Thursday, March 15, 2012 10:40:00 AM UTC-7, Charlie Sharpsteen wrote:

> Ok, I now have a nightly build set up that is tracking the PostGIS trunk. 
> Binaries are being built for Oneric (11.11) and Precise (12.04-dev)
> ...

> I will ponder upgrading GEOS and GDAL and setting up a stable build for 
> the most recent beta releases.

The PostGIS nightly builds have been augmented with GEOS 3.3.2 and now 
include the topology plugin. GDAL 1.7.x is still being used from the 
official Ubuntu repositories. The installation steps are now:

    sudo apt-add-repository ppa:sharpie/for-science  # To get GEOS 3.3.2
    sudo apt-add-repository ppa:sharpie/postgis-nightly
    sudo apt-get update

    sudo apt-get install postgresql-9.1-postgis

The build of GEOS 3.3.2 was created using the following steps:

  * Forking the official Ubuntu sources for GEOS 3.2.2.
  * Backporting GEOS from Debian Wheezy to get to 3.3.1 along with 
associated packaging updates.
  * Merging in 3.3.2 from the official GEOS tarball.

This was accomplished by:

    bzr branch lp:ubuntu/geos
    cd geos
    bzr merge debianlp:wheezy/geos
    # De-stage all Debian patches prior to an upstream import
    quilt pop -a
    bzr merge-upstream  # Finds the latest GEOS tarball and merges it in!
    quilt push -a             # Fix any outdated patches.

I had to fix one patch conflict caused by the last command, but otherwise 
everything went smoothly.

GDAL is at 1.9.0 in Debian Experimental, but backporting looks like a 
moderate headache so I'm holding off for now. I may set up a stable build 
of PostGIS beta packages, but it looks like we are pretty close to 2.0 so I 
may wait until the official release. The nightly builds against the SVN 
trunk _should_ be pretty stable in the lead up to 2.0.

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