[OSM-dev] gazetteer.openstreetmap.org for name finder?

Robert (Jamie) Munro rjmunro at arjam.net
Wed Oct 3 14:25:21 BST 2007


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David Earl wrote:
> On 02/10/2007 01:02, Tom Hughes wrote:
>> In message <47014698.9000008 at frankieandshadow.com>
>>           David Earl <david at frankieandshadow.com> wrote:
>>
>>> I need to do some work on Name Finder for the 0.5 API, and I thought I'd
>>> try to do a few other things at the same time, like rewriting it to
>>> work incrementally on the planet diff and/or do some in C++ (I was going
>>> to redo it in rails, but since it is now unmanageably slow to create the
>>> index in PHP given the size of the planet file, rails is unlikely to be
>>> any better). (Searches have slowed down a little, but it is the index
>>> creation which is desperately in need of work).
>> Index creation as a separate program in whatever language you like
>> is fine by me, but would it still be feasible to use rails for the
>> searching do you think?
> 
> 
> The problem about that is that about 70% of the the index creation code 
> is shared by the searching.

It's not actually searching that is the problem, it's only making
"static" pages for search engines to crawl that needs to be on the
www.openstreetmap.org domain, and hence probably written in rails. The
searching could continue in PHP or whatever else on another server /
domain / whatever, we just need a way for rails to access the backend in
order to produce the pages.

Robert (Jamie) munro
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