[MS4W-Users] MS4W 3.0.4 available

Jeff McKenna jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com
Fri Feb 17 14:08:55 EST 2012

Hello Josef,

Thanks for your comments, I will respond inline below:

jbicik wrote
> Thank you very much for releasing this new build. I can't wait to try this
> out.

I am very pleased to hear that this popular product is being used by another
organization.  I truly get excited when I hear positive feedback like this.

jbicik wrote
> Would you please consider updating the Mapserver buildkit
> (http://download.osgeo.org/buildkit/) to the latest version? 

You can contact me directly for any custom needs that you or your clients
need; this is how such a great product is able to be maintained and also be
so innovative.  I am very responsive to these demands, as this is such a
huge part of my company Gateway Geomatics' livelihood.  Don't feel shy to
support MS4W's development, especially if you and your clients rely so
heavily on it.  Thank you.

jbicik wrote
> Also, could you please let me know if your MS4W build contains the GNU
> regex or not? I had some discussion in the Mapserver forum about a
> possible license conflict since regex is released under GPL and MS4W is
> licensed under MIT/X style license. There is a possibility to easily build
> Mapserver with regex from PHP 5.3.1.

I did bring this exact discussion up on the MapServer dev list as I was
working on the 3.0.4 release, however I got zero response (you can see
myself talking to myself on Jan11th at
Since then I did see a thread on the MapServer users list.

I would agree that the best way forward is to replace the GNU regex/PHP
regex use with the PCRE library, that has a BSD license.  I have started a
ticket at http://bugzilla.maptools.org/show_bug.cgi?id=2365  Please add
yourself to the CC of that ticket, and help with testing/comments and you
could even provide funding for this if your organization can do so.  My
initial look at this shows me that oddly enough there are hardcoded
references to specific files like 'regex.h' embedded deep in the MapServer
source code; so funding to help dive into this is much appreciated.  We'll
add PCRE into the next MS4W release, 3.0.5.

Thank you for this feedback.  The MS4W community of users are very important
to me.


Jeff McKenna
MapServer Consulting and Training

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