[MS4W-Users] MS4W 3.0.4 available

jbicik jbicik at gmail.com
Mon Feb 20 18:47:45 EST 2012

Hi Jeff,

Thank you for your reply. I will struggle to bring any funding to the 
development but will try to contribute with my time instead. I am sorry, 
I missed your post about GNU Regex. I am relatively new to Mapserver, 
the mailing lists and started to look into the source code only 
recently. Thanks for starting the ticket to replace regex with PCRE. I 
agree that PCRE is probably the way forward, particularly due to its 
license. I have posted a possible way to build Mapserver with PCRE as a 
comment to your ticket.

Cheers, Josef

On 17/02/2012 20:08, Jeff McKenna [via OSGeo.org] wrote:
> 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 
> http://osgeo-org.1560.n6.nabble.com/Opinions-on-using-GNU-regex-VS-PHP-regex-for-Windows-build-td4252768.html). 
>  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
> -- 
> Jeff McKenna
> MapServer Consulting and Training
> http://www.gatewaygeomatics.com
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