Bug#699079: libmapnik2-2.0: rfe: make AsBinary() forward compatible with the PostGIS 2.0 API

Hamish hamish_b at yahoo.com
Sun Jan 27 09:28:51 UTC 2013

Package: libmapnik2-2.0
Version: 2.0.0+ds1-3+b4
Severity: wishlist


the libmapnik2-2.0 package currently in Sid includes a bug
fixed in later versions of libmapnik but not yet in the
Debian archives.

Namely, it's not actually compatible with PostGIS 2.0 due to
the presence of an old API call. AsBinary() should be renamed
ST_AsBinary() for /usr/lib/mapnik/2.0/input/postgis.input.

Since Wheezy is shipping PostGIS 1.5 this isn't a RC bug by any
means, but over the life of Wheezy it will cause confusion and
force installation of 3rd party updates for people using the
newer PostGIS, who think the library will be compatible but
it actually isn't.

So probably a wontfix for the current release, but at least a
head's up to anyone else banging their head against the wall &
searching the BTS when trying to use it with PostGIS 2.0.

The easy work around by the way is to run psql -f legacy.sql
or legacy_minimal.sql which comes with PostGIS 2.0.


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