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Osm2pgsql has a new Website

Today we launched the new osm2pgsql.org website. This is the first visible result of the support by the OSM Foundation for osm2pgsql development. Over the next months I’ll keep working on osm2pgsql, payed by OSMF and other sponsors.

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Tags: OSMF · openstreetmap · osm2pgsql · software development


Osm2pgsql Release

Today Sarah released the new osm2pgsql version 1.3.0 (release notes). After working on this for more than half a year now it is great to see the new version out there.

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Tags: openstreetmap · osm2pgsql · software development


New flex output in osm2pgsql

Last week I wrote about Paying off technical debt in osm2pgsql. The work described there came about while I was adding the new “flex output” to osm2pgsql. In osm2pgsql terminology “outputs” are the parts of osm2pgsql responsible for converting the OSM data into a format suitable for the database and then adding it to the database. There are several outputs, the classic “pgsql” output, the “gazetteer” output used for Nominatim imports, and the “multi” output, an earlier attempt at adding more flexibility to osm2pgsql that never got much traction. The new “flex” output rethinks this job and adds, as the name suggest, a lot of flexibility. When I worked on it I needed changes in other parts of osm2pgsql outside the output structure itself, so that’s where the cleanup job I talked about last week started. In this blog post I want to write a little more about the flex output, the ideas behind it, and my work on it.

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Tags: openstreetmap · osm2pgsql · software development


Paying off technical debt in Osm2pgsql

Osm2pgsql is one of the work horses of the OpenStreetMap world. It is used to import OSM data into a database which is then used for rendering maps (among other uses). Osm2pgsql is behind the map you see on openstreetmap.org and many others. The program has been around since 2006 and has accumulated many changes and additions over time. And the code has grown more and more complex. Part of that is inevitable because the program does a lot more than when it was started. But part of that is complexity that doesn’t have to be there. For a few months now I have been working on reducing that complexity and want to tell you about that work.

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Tags: openstreetmap · osm2pgsql · software development