[ms4w-users] [Fwd: Re: [UMN_MAPSERVER-USERS] MS4W 1.5.0 released]

Jeff McKenna jmckenna at dmsolutions.ca
Mon Apr 3 09:30:41 EDT 2006

Here are some more details on the release from Howard Butler....

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: [UMN_MAPSERVER-USERS] MS4W 1.5.0 released
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2006 20:53:15 -0600
From: Howard Butler <hobu at IASTATE.EDU>
Reply-To: Howard Butler <hobu at IASTATE.EDU>
References: <smtpd.4a9a.442f15df.c671f.2 at mtaout-w.tc.umn.edu>

Thanks for the kudos Jeff.  Hopefully the buildkit will make for
smoother, easier, and more frequent releases as well as give the
option to allow people to easily tweak their own build when they need

Here's a list of some additional goodies:
- Recent CVS GDAL (3/30/2006)
- GEOS 2.2.1 support in both OGR and MapServer
- Latest libgd + Steve's patch for antialiasing

One additional benefit of the buildkit is there is no longer a need
for the "Kitchen sink" binaries that I was providing at
hobu.stat.iastate.edu.  Instead, I am only providing libmap.dlls that
will work with MS4W to provide native MapServer drivers for SDE and
Oracle.  The SDE and Oracle plugins currently in MS4W are for OGR,
not the native drivers.

Head to <http://hobu.stat.iastate.edu/mapserver/build_output/4_8_3>
to get the libmap.dll that you need.  A hope for the next MapServer
release is a plugin implementation for SDE and Oracle similar to OGR,
which will eliminate the need for separate libmap.dll downloads

Also, some clarification on the MapScripts.  Python MapScript in the
MS4W release is compiled against Python 2.4.2.  C# MapScript is
against the .NET 1.1 runtime.  Java MapScript is against Java 1.5.06.
Perl, TCL, and Ruby MapScript are not in this MS4W release.

All MapScripts are dynamically linked against libmap.dll (including
PHP too, I think).  This means that if you need native SDE or Oracle
support, you can swap in the libmap.dll from hobu.stat.iastate.edu
and the MapScripts will have the additional driver support.


At 7:07 PM -0500 4/1/06, Jeff McKenna wrote:
>Hello all,
>A new version of MS4W is available for download
>(http://www.maptools.org/ms4w/index.phtml?page=downloads.html), which
>contains MapServer 4.8.3.
>But a bigger announcement is that, with many many thanks to Howard
>Butler and his MapServer buildkit, this version of MS4W includes all
>mapscript flavours - CSharp, Java, Python, and PHP.  It also includes
>plugins for MrSID, Oracle 10i, and SDE 9.1 - but beware that these are
>not out-of-the box and require configuration as outlined in
>Please test away, especially the C/Java/Python mapscript communities,
>and report issues and suggestions to the MS4W bugzilla
>(http://bugzilla.maptools.org/).  And please use the MS4W mailing list
>for configuration issues/questions.
>MapServer 4.8.3 changelog:
>MS4W history:
>1.5.0 Notable changes are:
>          - built with Hobu's MapServer buildkit (bug 1382)
>          - added mapserver release of 4.8.3
>          - added CSharp, Java, and Python mapscript
>          - modified gdalplugin structure for MrSID, Oracle,
>            and SDE plugins
>          - removed mapserver 4.6.1 release from package
>          - added shpdiff.exe utility (bug 1371)
>          - fixed path in mapserv-utils readme (bug 1368)
>          - add missing files in \proj\nad directory (bug 1385)
>          - added plugin instructions for MrSID, Oracle, and
>            SDE to README_INSTALL doc
>          - added library versions used in MapServer build to
>            README_INSTALL doc
>(one shouldn't do this much work on a Saturday)

Jeff McKenna
DM Solutions Group Inc.

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