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[mkgmap-dev] mkgmap-dev Digest, Vol 143, Issue 10

From Dave Swarthout daveswarthout at gmail.com on Thu Jun 4 16:05:00 BST 2020

Pitney wrote:
"The issue with options and order (of precedence?) still confuses me after
using mkgmap for years."

I reckon that was my point in opening this topic all along. I think I've
got it now and it makes sense but the documentation could still be made
clearer IMO. For example:

Invoking the mkgmap java program involves supplying a list of parameters or
commands that allow the user to control the operation of the program and
the output generated by it.

These parameters must be preceded by a double dash (two hyphens with no
spaces between them) which are immediately followed by a command string.
Each such parameter must be terminated with a comma with no space before or
after it. (example: java -jar mkgmap.jar --parm1,--parm2,--parm3)

All input file specifications (filename.ext) must follow the last option in
the invocation string. You may use a full path for that filespec as long as
it is enclosed in quotes. (Windows/Dos example:

Any type file specification (filename.typ) containing custom bitmaps for
Garmin lines, polygons and points must be the last file specification in
the list of input files.


Thanks also to Gerd for the latest releases which addressed the spurious
space issue and improved the program's error reporting. I'm sure these will
go a long way toward smoother operations for those of us who are only
casual users of mkgmap.


On Thu, Jun 4, 2020 at 9:12 PM Pitney <mappitney at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello
> The issue with options and order (of precedence?) still confuses me after
> using mkgmap for years. My solution is to not use option files and to hard
> code all file references. Not good scripting practice but it works.
> I think this is a case of where examples are worth a thousand words. I
> understand in theory option and file order but do not know how to implement
> it in practice. Examples (in a separate file?) and how to work out which
> files they will effect may reduce confusion.
> I only have a tablet in quarantine so I apologize for any formatting
> issues.
> Pitney
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Dave Swarthout
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