David Paleino wrote:
> If the problem is only Mapnik, I can give a hand
> porting it. Usually it's easy :)

thanks! the mapnik bit of the code is here:
 
http://gpsdrive.svn.sourceforge.net/viewvc/gpsdrive/trunk/src/mapnik.cpp?view=markup

the patch tracker is here:
 http://gpsdrive.sf.net/bugs


Hamish:
> > fwiw the 300-500mb OpenStreetMap world coastline
> > packages used for Mapnik support are not
> > uploaded to Debian-official, but can be swapped
> > out for the much smaller Natural Earth global
> > coastline shape-files (which are licensed
> > in the public domain and would be nice to have
> > as an official debian package).
> 
> I'm already planning to package both OSM world
> coastline

note that Joerg has already done this:
  http://www.gpsdrive.de/debian/pool/wheezy/
  
http://www.gpsdrive.de/debian/pool/wheezy/openstreetmap-mapnik-world-boundaries_17758_all.deb

not sure exactly where the control files for that
are, but they'll be around.

> and various Natural Earth shapefiles. They can be
> handy for TileMill too (see ITP #644767)

looks neat.

beware that not all of the Natural Earth shapefiles
are topologically clean so are mainly useful/
intended for visual rendering purposes only.
fwiw this is our current (ubuntu) solution for
loading the Natural Earth data onto the OSGeo Live
demo DVD:
 http://trac.osgeo.org/osgeo/browser/livedvd/gisvm/trunk/bin/load_gisdata.sh#L55


Hamish



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