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10. Creating Static Maps > 10.2. Sample Uses of the Command-Line Utilities

Sample Uses of the Command-Line Utilities

When MapServer runs as a web mapping application it produces various graphic images. A map image is one of them. It can also produce an image of a scale bar, a reference map, and a legend. The command-line utilities let you create these manually (or scripted through your favorite scripting language). The following examples give a feel for the process of creating some basic results using these programs. These examples use the utilities from a typical MapServer installation as described in Chapter 4.

Acquire Some Mapping Data

A simple world map boundary dataset will be used for this example. This shapefile contains boundaries of the country borders for the world and are available from the FreeGIS (http://www.freegis.org) web site at http://ftp.intevation.de/freegis/worlddata/freegis_worlddata-0.1_simpl.tar.gz.


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