[Talk-GB] Restoring a usable map service!

Andy Townsend ajt1047 at gmail.com
Sat Oct 31 10:57:09 UTC 2015

On 31/10/2015 02:09, Lester Caine wrote:
> OK ... what do we need to do to get a working UK map again?

Simply put, if you're relying on a remote resource staying the same over 
time (perhaps you're selling services based on that resource and don't 
want the customer re-education cost of a future change) then you need to 
have control over that resource.  That's true if you're paying for it 
(you'd make sure that your contract with the provider and SLA covers 
you) and even more so if you're not.  The colour change was widely 
trailled months before it happened, and there was a list thread about 
the best way to retain the existing UK style back in August***.

The good news is that setting up a server of your own is pretty 
straightforward these days*.  If you follow the recipe at 
you will get a working tile server**.  If you stray from the path 
outlined there and, say, try a different server OS with different 
packages then success won't be guaranteed, but if you just want a 
working map server it's difficult to know why you'd want to start elsewhere.

OSMBright (which those switch2osm notes guide you through), OSM Carto as 
it is now and OSM Carto as of any preferred data in the last 18 months 
(and probably more) will work on such as tile server (I currently have 
them installed on a small VM at home).  I'm sure that the French style 
would work there too.


Andy (SomeoneElse)

*Quite a few people pitch up on IRC et al saying "I've installed a tile 
server, now what?" so I think the tile server part of the OSM ecosystem 
is definitely one of the better documented bits.

** I ran through it "soup to nuts" on a newly-installed small 14.04 VM 
the other day.  The only caveats I found were that it doesn't make it 
explicitly clear that you need to do a couple of things as root, the 
.pbf file that you choose to use will probably be different to a full 
planet, and the osm2pgsql command will vary based on local resources 
such as memory.  However, all of the error messages you'll get back 
(even from osm2pgsql) will make it clear what you need to do.


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