[MS4W-Users] MS4W in Tile Server mode?

Evans, James R Civ USAF ACC 84 RADES/SCZE James.Evans at hill.af.mil
Tue Mar 5 17:57:03 EST 2013

Hi Stephen,
I've made a little progress on this so far this week.  I was able to get
MS4W to serve up a shape file correctly, and I also got it to serve tiles
from a pre-tiled directory tree using a php script.  I haven't been able to
get the WMS to answer up yet though.  I've been trying different map files,
and putting the map files in different places, and so far every time I hit
it with a GetCapabilities it responds with a 404.  Below is the current
iteration of my map file.  If anyone can point out  a problem there I would
certainly appreciate it.  By the way, it looks like the current released
version of MS4W doesn't come with MapCache.  It looks like it is in the
development version though.  For right now I would like to concentrate on
getting the WMS up and running.

   NAME "WMS-test"
         "wms_title" "WMS Demo Server"
         "wms_srs" "EPSG:4326"
         "Wms_enable_request" "*"
      NAME "NAIP"
         "wms_title" "NAIP"
      TILEINDEX ".\MapData\NAIP\NAIP.shp"
      TILEITEM "Location"

-----Original Message-----
From: Stephen Woodbridge [mailto:woodbri at swoodbridge.com] 
Sent: Sunday, March 03, 2013 8:37 PM
To: Evans, James R Civ USAF ACC 84 RADES/SCZE; ms4w-users at lists.maptools.org
Subject: Re: [MS4W-Users] MS4W in Tile Server mode?

Hi James,

I will defer to Jeff on the specifics of what is packaged in the MS4W
downloads as I'm primarily a Linux user.

So mapcache is a new generation of tile cache management that runs as an
apache module and talks to mapserver or any WMS server for the generation of
tiles. What it is really great at is that it:

1. manages a single cache of tiles
2. exposes that cache under many configurable protocols 3. can be pre-seeded
or seeded as you go 4. it also has lots of cool features like it can combine
tiles into a single image or it can merge multiple layers into a single tile
5. and some other features

Regarding the old "tile server" mode, that was an experiment, that was
deprecated and obsoleted by mapcache. So depending on when things get
packaged and are available in MS4W, I would definitely plan on using

Here is a map that I built in mapserver that uses mapcache, this is on a
linux box, but it should give you and idea of what is possible.



> -----Original Message----- From:
> ms4w-users-bounces at lists.maptools.org on behalf of Stephen Woodbridge 
> Sent: Sat 3/2/2013 7:44 PM To:
> ms4w-users at lists.maptools.org Subject: Re: [MS4W-Users] MS4W in Tile 
> Server mode?
> On 3/2/2013 8:36 PM, James_in_Utah wrote:
> James,
> Here is a rough outline of how you would to this:
> 1. create a mapfile for mapserver to read your jp2 files and render 
> them in jpeg or png format. This has to be setup as WMS.
> 2. configure mapcache for the tiles you want and use the mapserver wms 
> as the source. Configure the demo service also for testing.
> Then you should be able to go to http://yourserver/mapcache/demo
> This mapcache will populate the cache on the fly as you request tiles 
> or you can run the seeder to precache the tiles. When you request a 
> tile from mapcache it will serve the tile if it exists or it will 
> create it and store it in the cache and serve it up.
> There should be documentation and examples on the mapserver.org site.
> -Steve W _______________________________________________ MS4W-Users 
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