The purpose of the MapFileIndex application is to create an index file of a series of map data files. The index file contains metadata about each map file in the dataset as well as information about the index itself.
This application is written in Java and uses a command-line interface. The application supports the following three command line options.
|-input||the path to the top level directory of the map file repository||a file system path||yes|
|-output||the path to the output file||a file system path||yes|
|-type||the type of index to create||json or xml||yes|
The application will recursively look for map data files, those ending with an extension of .map, starting at the directory specified by the -input parameter.
The index will be written to the file specified by the -output parameter. Importantly the application will not overwrite an existing index file.
The output type is one of either json (for data to be encoded in the JSON format), or alternatively xml (for data to be encoded in the XML format). Both file types contain the same information, the only difference is the way the data is represented.
The index file contains the following data elements:
|version||the version of the index file structure|
|generated||the date / time that the index was generated|
|author||the author of the index|
|data_source||the source of the map data|
|data_format||the format of the map data files|
|data_format_info||a url for more information on the map data format|
|data_format_version||the version of the map data format used|
|more_info||a url for more information|
|map-info||container element for a series of map elements|
|map||an element containing information about each map file|
Each map element contains the following attributes:
|file_date||the date the file was created|
|file_name||the name and path of the file relative to the website root|
|file_size||the size of the file in bytes|
|min_latitude||the minimum latitude of the bounding box of the map|
|min_longitude||the minimum longitude of the bounding box of the map|
|max_latitude||the maximum latitude of the bounding box of the map|
|max_longitude||the maximum longitude of the bounding box of the map|
Please note that these names are used in the XML version of the index, the JSON index uses similar names and a slightly more compact structure.
The paths to the map files are relative to the location of the index file. To achieve this, run the application in the parent directory of the map fie repository. For example, assume that repository is available in the following path:
Where each sub directory contains a number of map files, for example:
Generate the index by:
/path/to/java -jar /path/to/MapFileIndex.jar -input /home/servalproject/mapsforge -output /home/servalproject/mapsforge/index.xml -type xml