[OSM-dev] Binary OSM db

Sascha Silbe sascha-ml-gis-osm-dev at silbe.org
Fri Oct 17 20:37:48 BST 2008

On Fri, Oct 17, 2008 at 08:58:00PM +0200, Stefan de Konink wrote:

>> Node/way/relation name/ref/is_in:
>>     - text files sorted by id (intended for namefinder - could be 
>> changed
>> into "proper" database entries similar to the way tags are handled)
> What do you actually implement here?
Example (excerpt from db.NodeName.txt => content of name=... tags on 

39: Kaiserdamm
46: Spandauer Damm
54: Siemensdamm
59: Dreieck Funkturm
86: Saatwinkler Damm

It's meant to be parsed and put into RAM, not accessed randomly inside 
the file. For non-namefinder applications, this has to be replaced (the 
text files are rather large).
For tags, I do store a \0-terminated block per element, separating key 
and value by = and k/v pairs by \n, with proper escaping. There's an 
index from element id -> start of tags block, but nothing else.
Feature type recognition (implemented in the bulk importer) and 
extraction of other information relevant to the given application is 
expected to be a preparation / precalculation step, not a runtime one.
Of course there might be applications that need efficient access via tag 
name or tag value even at runtime, so a generic "OSM binary database" 
implementation could also provide those indices.

CU Sascha

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