MS RFC 70: Integration of TinyOWS in MapServer project¶
olivier dot courtin at oslandia.com
Description: This RFC proposes a TinyOWS integration under MapServer Umbrella.
TinyOWS is often used tiedly with MapServer to provide WFS-T functionnalities.
The idea here is to bring to end user a more integrated solution through a single MapFile configuration file for both apps.
And also to put TinyOWS under MapServer project umbrella, to increase again its usage.
2. The proposed solution¶
2.1 Keeping the cycle release independent¶
MapServer and TinyOWS cycles releases are kept independent.
On SVN, TinyOWS location should be:
svn.osgeo.org/mapserver/trunk/tinyows svn.osgeo.org/mapserver/branches/tinyows-1.0 svn.osgeo.org/mapserver/tags/tinyows-1.0.0
2.3 A common MapFile as config file¶
Aim is to be able to have for end user a single config file, so a text MapFile.
TinyOWS trunk already able to deal with MapFile to retrieve all it’s config stuff, through a dedicaded MapFile lexer.
The idea, in a quite near future, is to bring an LibMapFile API and so to allow others apps to use MapFile as a single config file way.
It will simplify the maintenace of such a parser, and avoid possibility to have distincts behaviours.
This LibMapFile API, is out of the scope of this RFC.
2.4 Perspective: Packaged build system¶
We could imagine from this RFC (and also with related mod_geocache integration), to provide an meta package with a single configure/make/make install, managing the build of MapServer, TinyOWS and mod_geocache at once.
These meta package build system is also out of the scope of this RFC.
3. Solution Details¶
TinyOWS will be called: MapServer TinyOWS (To keep the previous quite known name, and to give it the MapServer prefix)
Move TinyOWS trac Wiki documentation to RST syntax.
Also need to enhance documentation to provide more examples and a comprehensive user manual, or at least something like and FAQ.
Native English writers, and guys who are not (yet) familiar with the project are really appreciated on helping on this.
TinyOWS already use MIT licence, as MapServer does. Copyright holders (Barbara Philippot and Olivier Courtin) should be kept on existing TinyOWS files.
TinyOWS use a Trac, but as only few tickets are still open, an efficient way is just to create them back in MapServer one.
Should imply a new component in MapServer Trac, called: TinyOWS.
3.4 Developpers & PSC¶
Olivier Courtin should entered in MapServer PSC and have commit access to MapServer trunk, and will keep (at least for a while) the lead in the TinyOWS development stuff.
Others TinyOWS devs are already involved in MapServer project (Assefa, Alan).
One aim is also to have more MapServer devs ready to look at the code, and committing patches.
The MapServer PSC will become the ultimate decision autorithy for MapServer TinyOWS module.
3.5 SVN Import¶
TinyOWS trunk and 1.0 (coming) branch should be imported in MapServer SVN.
Previous commit history will be kept on the old TinyOWS SVN, for a while.
3.6 Code Convention¶
We have to call astyle on the whole code, to make it MapServer compliant: astyle –style=kr –unpad=paren –indent=spaces=2
tinyows.org domain could be redirected to the coming MapServer TinyOWS documentation pages. (http://www.mapserver.org/tinyows/)
Mailings lists: tinyows-dev and tinyows-users should be stopped and news discussions should occurs to relevant mapserver ones.
3.8 Project Maturity¶
If we compare to MapServer, TinyOWS is a far more younger project, with a really small dev team. So it imply that decision, and administrative part of the project must be kept lightweight, at least for a while.
So RFC must be used only for big and majors changes, all the others common stuff, should be done ‘only’ with simple Trac tickets, like:
Correct/improve OGC standard compliancy, and interoperability
Bug and security fixes
Minor feature enhancement
Small code refactoring
Unit tests policy
4. TinyOWS Code Review¶
4.1 Code Origin¶
All C code was written from scratch by TinyOWS devs, so should not be a real problem.
For XSD Schema coming from OGC, and OGC CITE Unit tests: Official OGC LICENSE is descripted here: https://www.ogc.org/ogc/document it allows public diffusion, but not to modify it.
4.2 Code Quality¶
All code compile without any warning on commons Unix like platforms, with flags: -ansi -pedantic -Wall
All OGC CITE Units tests are valgrinded, (no error, no memory leak), but it’s doesn’t cover all the code branchs.
Some units tests like Cunit could be helpful in a future.
4.3 Security Audit¶
No external security audit never been perform on the code. The main inherent risk is SQL Injection.
Some checks already have been done with automated tools like sqlmap, but will need to be improved to adjust to some WFS-T and FE peculiar uses cases.
(No security hole ‘ve been found on TinyOWS trunk with sqlmap)
4.4 OGC WFS-T compliancy¶
Implementation of WFS 1.0.0, WFS 1.1.0, FE 1.0.0 and FE 1.1.0. Basic and Transactional profile, SF-0. (No Xlink nor Lock profile implemented)
- TinyOWS trunk on OGC CITE unit test:
WFS-T 1.1.0 (r4) : 559 ‘Passed’ / 0 ‘Failed’
WFS-T 1.0.0 (r3) : 398 ‘Passed’ / 0 ‘Failed’
4.5 External Dependencies¶
LibXML2 >= 2.6.20 (and libxml2 trunk to avoid GML XSD Schema)
PostgreSQL >= 8.1.0
PostGIS >= 1.5.0
FastCGI is optional (but recommended)
4.6 MapFile notions not yet addressed¶
- Some Mapfile concepts are not yet present in TinyOWS:
Only PostGIS CONNECTIONTYPE are handled
TinyOWS don’t pretend to support right now all the WFS parameters available in MapFile
But on the other hand you should be able to configure every part of TinyOWS from MapFile
Each CONNECTION string value in layers must be the same.
MapFile PROJECTION content is not parsed, so use explicit wfs_srs
MapFile LAYER/FILTER is not parsed.
Defaults values are TinyOWS ones, even for common properties shared by both apps.
TinyOWS don’t use DATA element from MapFile, so you have to use tinyows_table (and tinyows_schema if needed) in each layer.
If DUMP is not set to TRUE on a layer both Read and Write access are shutdown for these layer
4.7 Build system¶
TinyOWS use like MapServer autoconf and Makefile to build stuff.
4.8 Roadmap and vision¶
General aim is to keep the application the faster alternative available for WFS-T, as compliant as possible to next OGC and INSPIRE standards, and of course robust.
- Mains future works area are (they will imply futures RFC, just here to notice them):
Add new export formats (Shapefile, KML…)
Apache Module support
More exhaustive unit tests policy (not only OGC ones)
More consistent behaviour and configuration directives for both TinyOWS and MS.
Oracle Spatial support
Application Schema support
WFS 2.0 and INSPIRE compliancy
5. Voting history¶
Passed with +1’s from Steve L., Steve W., Tamas, Dan, Howard, Assefa, Thomas and Tom on 8/19/2011.