[Loadstone] OSM converters and enumerate points.

Rob Melchers rob at loadstone-gps.com
Sun Oct 11 06:34:53 BST 2009

Hi all,

Now that the Python converter also works here I took the chance to compare 
this tool with the converter as offered by the off-line tools. As a test 
file I used the wales .osm file (134 MB) to get a good comparison for 
speed. The file can be downloaded at:

The PHP converter takes 10 minutes 35 seconds to process this file, the 
Python tool did it in 7 minutes and 35 seconds. Not the 'lightning' 
improvement I expected, but still a 40% speed gain. However, the PHP 
converter gives a result file with 33020 points, the Python result only 
contains 17530 points. It seems to me a lot of data loss against 40% speed 
gain. Unless the Python tool improves in point extraction I rather wait 3 
minutes more. While testing I discovered that both tools do not restrict 
the name field to 75 chars, this has been fixed in the PHP version in the 
off-line tools. Also updated is the database reprocessor, it now has the 
ability to enumerate points with equal names according to position. For 
downloads of the updates go to:


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