[OSM-dev] [Marble-devel] NOTICE: gazetteer.osm.org being retired

Chris Browet cbro at semperpax.com
Thu Sep 2 15:53:09 BST 2010

On Thu, Sep 2, 2010 at 16:24, Emilie Laffray <emilie.laffray at gmail.com>wrote:

> On 2 September 2010 15:20, Chris Browet <cbro at semperpax.com> wrote:
>> Thanks for confirming this. However, the original problem is the same, be
>> it Merkaartor or a "third-party". If the OSM services can disappear in a
>> snap, it's no real fun for me to develop support for it nor for the
>> end-users to be confronted to an non-working functionality...
>> But If everyone agrees that an announcement of ~3 months should be foresee
>> before a service termination (time to fix and deploy a new version, and some
>> time for the new version to propagate), it's OK for me.
> I think it is safe to say we went a bit fast. Next time, we will be more
> careful in announcing it properly long enough in advance. So you think that
> a period of 3 months is good enough?
> Anyway, we will try to make sure that this doesn't happen in the same way.

Thanks for this.

On a reversed point-of-view, it might also be a good idea to "pull the plug"
sooner to "clinically dead" services.
Now knowing that the gazetteer index hasn't been updated in 2 years and was
considered internally deprecated, it means support for it was implemented in
Merkaartor (and probably Marble) while the service was already dead but
still accessible.

Best Regards
- Chris -
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