[ms4w-users] Instalation questions from Newbie

Jeff McKenna jmckenna at dmsolutions.ca
Thu Apr 3 10:27:42 EDT 2008


My comments are inline below:

David Marquardt wrote:
> Hello,
> I´m installing the ms4w, on a Windows XP system.  I´m a complete novice.
> I set my local URL as , since the installer asked 
> for a place to set the apache, I selected the port 8010.
> When going over the Features two (major) items have problems:
> -When opening cgi-bin/mapserv.exe, the result is: "No query information 
> to decode. QUERY_STRING is set, but empty."

That's not an error.  It's MapServer in CGI mode saying that more 
information is needed to create a map.  In fact that message tells you 
that MapServer *is* installed correctly on your machine.

For a beginner, I recommend that you go through the MapServer 5.x 
tutorial (http://mapserver.gis.umn.edu/docs/tutorial/tutorial)

> -for owtchart.exe, the page will not open. 
> I looked in the files on the C: , both are there in their proper 
> location (C:\ms4w\Apache\cgi-bin)  the Mapserver is only 27KB.  Is that 
> correct?
> As well, I downloaded the Chameleon, which now appeares in the MS4W main 
> index.html.  Chameleon appears in the apps file, and the httpd.d is 
> updated. Unfortunately, when I go to the index, and click on the links, 
> none of them are activated.

ah I know what is happening: you used the setup.exe installer, probably 
installed it in a directory other the root of a drive, and the problem 
is that the chameleon.zip package (and all ms4w add-on packages) is 
configured for the root of the drive.  Until the next generation of ms4w 
comes along (called OSGeo4w), you might just want to install ms4w and 
all of its add-on packages at the root of your drive.


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