[Tagging] My "weirdly unnatural aversion to relations"

Frederik Ramm frederik at remote.org
Sun Sep 30 09:29:14 UTC 2018


On 30.09.2018 05:00, Bryan Housel wrote:
> From my own perspective as the main developer on the main editor for
> OSM, 

... fsvo "main editor" ;)

> I’m willing to bet a black hat
> could design and upload a relation that would destroy OSM.. Or at least,
> crash every piece of software in the stack that we rely on:  mapnik,
> osmium, and any editor that tries to touch it.  

Relation 7066589 came close. (And no, you won't be able to access its
history through the web site, it will time out.) See
https://github.com/openstreetmap/osm2pgsql/issues/713 for background -
osm2pgsql had to be patched as a result.

> Anyway, I’m not totally against them, but every one of them is different
> and I can't spend weeks or months supporting every kind of relation or
> public transport schema people dream up unless it’s super critical for
> building a useful map (like turn restrictions).

The idea that turn restrictions are "super critical" but public
transport relations are not is valid, but subjective; I hope that, as
the ID editor matures, it will attract a healthy and diverse team of
main developers so that decisions about what is important and what isn't
are not a single person's any more!


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