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gpx files are now ready for beta testing!

there are a a few differences between these files and the GPX files used on the secondary site.

* they're free
* they have all logs (not just the last four)
* they have all caches (including archived caches)

as a result, some of them are huge. for example, the NSW file is half a megabyte

in future, we plan to move these to zip files and produce two versions: a baseline version of the entire database and an update version of (say) the last week's changes.

the files are located at http://geocaching.com.au/gpxbeta

due to bandwidth limitations we will probably need to move these to another server in the near future. this is likely to be called gpx.geocaching.com.au or similar. if we still have bandwidth problems, we'll probably set up a distribution system where this site sends them to state sites. for example if someone in victoria has some web-space, we could send them one copy of the victorian caches and then multiple victorians could download them from there, etc. cascading the full information out, not trying to hold onto it like the secondary site does.

our big thanks to clyde for putting out a special beta version of GSAK to read these files!

if you have questions/comments on the gpx files, please reply here. if you have questions/comments on GSAK's ability to read the GPX files, please reply in the GSAK thread


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I have 50M of webspace....feel free to use that....its with my isp.

I dont mind putting them there and if they complain I can then just host the vic files...


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If there is enough interest is there a way you could use bittorent or simlar to distribute the files?


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dajjct wrote:
If there is enough interest is there a way you could use bittorent or simlar to distribute the files?


My PC runs 24/7 with Bit-torrent on BP cable (acctual speeds are 550KBs down / 16KBs up) so I can help share any files needed.


16 January 05 3:59 pm
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the tassie file isnt working....i didnt have a lot of time to play with it but i tested the nsw one and it works....so i would assume its not me...


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If there is no Tassie GCA caches then the gpx files will be empty.


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aloysius wrote:
the tassie file isnt working....i didnt have a lot of time to play with it but i tested the nsw one and it works....so i would assume its not me...
I am sorry to say but aloysius is correct nothing happens, and there are caches on GCA, via Horus, so there is a glitch....


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embi wrote:
If there is no Tassie GCA caches then the gpx files will be empty.


Horus has moved all his caches over to the .com.au site... but only oficially did it last night. Can you run oyur scripts and re-generate one for us to test i!???

Oh.. and I can host the gpx file for tas at craigrat.geocaching.com if it is of any help.... oh wait... thats not going to help you at all.... :lol: :wink: :roll:


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Fair call on the empty file, I thought he already had moved them....


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Something weird here. When I put the mouse over SA it says I am going to get sa.gpx. But when I open it it comes up with a pile of XML that starts with

<?xml version="1.0" ?>
- <gpx xmlns:xsd="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.topografix.com/GPX/1/0 http://www.topografix.com/GPX/1/0/gpx.xsd http://geocaching.com.au/geocache/1 http://geocaching.com.au/geocache/1/geocache.xsd"

If I right click to save as it wants to save sa.xml

Seems to do the same for all states, running IE from XP SP2.


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Have determined I can force it to save that file as sa.gpx so that might be a workaround. Now downloading the new GSAK to test it - over dialup :(


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Working fine for me.... I hover the mouser cursor over the links and get blah.blah.blah/tas/gpx, same for the rest,


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Yeah, the hovering works fine. It's only when I click on it, instead of asking to save the GPX file somewhere I just see a pile of XML come up in the browser window.


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They saved fine for me as GPX files... Not that there is a lot in them at the moment;)


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Weird. Once I renamed it on the Save As it does import happily into GSAK though.


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