[maplab-users] map lab setup

Larry Shaffer larry at shafferinteractive.com
Wed Dec 28 14:36:34 EST 2005

Hi Josh,

I'm new to Mapserver/MapLab, but have recently installed all of the
software (successfully) on my Linux server (Debian). I installed via
source code, so it took awhile - two sessions spread over two days in
fact, but that included EVERYTHING from GD, PHP, GDAL, PostgreSQL/PostGIS ...

One could install FWTools ( http://fwtools.maptools.org ) if one wanted
on their Linux box (it failed to install on my server). It's oriented to
the Python scripting language (not PHP), though, and may not run MapLab.

I looked at 'htmlx.com' and their hosting plan offers Mapserver and PHP-
Mapscript, so your most of the way there. Beyond that, you need to have
PHP and Mapserver compiled with extra options for using MapLab, which is
more than is necessary to just get Mapserver or Mapserver/PHP Mapscript


Also, it looks as if 'htmlx.com' does not have very recent installs of
Mapserver, etc.

You may be best off getting a managed/dedicated Linux server, with root
access and install everything from source (as I did). I'm very happy I
chose that route, and I can re-compile any new versions that come along,
or add extra software when needed.

If you have root access, you can also install source (or binaries) on
Linux through the 'apt-get' program to ease your compiling pains.

My managed server is from http://www.dreamhost.com and I've had an
excellent experience with them (unlimited domains, email, databases
users, etc). You have to ask for root access, though, unless you install
everything into your own user directories (which I find a hassle).

Larry Shaffer
Black Hills of South Dakota
USA (Mountain Time Zone)

# ortha at juno.com <ortha at juno.com> emailed the following
#   on Wed, Dec 28, 2005 at 2:53 PM (7:53 AM South Dakota, USA):

>Map lab users,
>I am having trouble figuring out how to set up map lab on a linux server.
>I successfully installed ms4w and maplab on my pc but now I would like to
>run my map through a service provider with a remote server (htmlx.com). 
>Here is what I am working with:
>mapserver 4.6
>php version 4.3.10
>linux apache server
>map lab 2.2.1
>I have looked through the setup instructions but I am having trouble with
> what to do next. I am a gis specialist with no real experience doing
>programming or web design. I have moved maplab to the server and can get
>the initial screen to open. Past this point I have very limited usability
>with numerous errors. From what I gather I need to create a php.ini file
>as well as set up a map script. Can anyone recommend where I can find
>some templates for these files or give me some helpful advice. I am also
>confused on where these files will ultimately reside on the server once
>they are created. 
>Thank you in advance for your help.
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>Maplab-users at lists.maptools.org

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