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I succeeded to import the OSM data for Netherlands (by the way, took 38 hours to finish) and now I want also to import (in the same database) the OSM data for Belgium and Luxembourg.

Do you know how can be done? I have tried using ./utils/setup.php --osm-file belgium.pbf --import-data , but didn’t work (stopped at some point: Setting up table: planet_osm_ways) Should I use ./utils/setup.php --osm-file belgium.pbf --load-data?

Thank you!

Best regards, Roxana

asked 25 Aug '12, 09:31

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edited 24 Jan '17, 22:15

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aseerel4c26 ♦

@lonvia Unfortunately didn't work! Here is the result:

/var/www/public_html/Nominatim/osmosis-0.40.1/bin/osmosis --read-xml 'belgium.pbf' --read-empty --derive-change --write-xml-change /var/www/public_html/Nominatim/data/osmosischange.osc ... org.openstreetmap.osmosis.core.pipeline.common.ActiveTaskManager waitForCompletion SEVERE: Thread for task 1-read-xml failed org.openstreetmap.osmosis.core.OsmosisRuntimeException: Unable to parse xml file belgium.pbf.

@Cartinus Thank you for the link! It will help me, but I wanted to know how to do if I want to import countries one by one.

(27 Aug '12, 09:15) RoxanaO

You are using the wrong Osmosis flag, use --read-pbf, not --read-xml, see (I have removed superfluous parts of above error message).

(07 Jan '15, 12:43) SK53 ♦

Hello, I have the same problem with you. And I use the following statement to import the first country data:

./utils/setup.php --osm-file countryA.bz2

However, it shows "countryA.bz2" not readable.

Do you know Why such problems have appeared?

(23 Dec '16, 08:31) PasserbyAmen

Does the file countryA.bz2 exist? Is it located in your current directory? Is it readable by your user?

(23 Dec '16, 18:04) scai ♦

I assume you are talking about importing into a Nominatim DB.

In theory, you could do that by using the update script:

./utils/update.php --import-file belgium.xml.bz2

(pbf files will not work here) and then reindex your data:

./utils/update.php --index

But that will be very, very slow.

The import will go much faster if you first merge the three country excerpts and then import the result in one go.

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answered 25 Aug '12, 10:47

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edited 11 Oct '12, 08:48


In the case of these three countries, there is even an excerpt available that already contains all three of them: planet-benelux

(25 Aug '12, 12:52) cartinus

I tried also to import the merged made with the country excerpts and got a fatal error and stopped:

COPY_END for COPY planet_osm_rels FROM STDIN; failed: ERROR: duplicate key value violates unique constraint "planet_osm_rels_pkey"

And tried again with ./utils/update.php --import-file belgium.pbf but still have java errors from above.

Any other ideas? Sorry for bother and thank you!

(28 Aug '12, 13:09) RoxanaO

Ages ago someone posted a patch for osm2pgsql to modify instead of create data. If you really must merge data, you could try something like that - I'm sure that it'd be much slower than importing the data that cartinus linked to, though.

(28 Aug '12, 13:21) SomeoneElse ♦

Looks like it cannot read pdf format. Try with the belgium.xml.bz2 file.

(28 Aug '12, 19:37) lonvia

I have tried with belgium.osm (extracted from belgium.osm.bz2) and worked, but when I want to search (on local website) Belgium as a text: No results found. If I search after coordinates, for example: [51.4494967087473,4.46587880577936] should get: Oude Baan, Schildershof, Essen, Antwerpen, Antwerp, Flanders, 2910, Belgium, but instead I get only: Oude Baan, Belgium.

Do you know why is this happening?

(29 Aug '12, 07:18) RoxanaO

Yes, sorry, forgot to mention that you also have to reindex your data. I've added that step to my original answer.

(29 Aug '12, 07:30) lonvia

If you use osmosis to do the merge, it will merge the files correctly when there are duplicate objects in the same files.

(23 Dec '12, 00:04) smsm1

Solution works, but you can speed up the process by using osm2pgsql cahce like this(12G) ./utils/update.php --import-file ../azerbaijan-latest.osm.bz2 --osm2pgsql-cache 12000 And when indexing you can use threads aka index instances depending on your cpus count: ./utils/update.php –index --index-instances 4

(07 Jan '15, 07:57) ttrumm

I approve that I had successfully imported the missing osm file into the existing nominatim database (europe+asia). I took an osm.bz2 file from geofabrik, unpacked it to an osm (to speed things up) and ran --import-file. It took me very reasonable 2 days on 4 core 5GB RAM VM. Next step will be indexing.

(23 Oct '17, 15:16) sunsetjunks

When i try to import a little pbf or osm file, this error appears:

Osm2pgsql failed due to ERROR: Flatnode store cannot save negative IDs.

(18 Apr '18, 22:19) cybercoder

Please ask a new question.

(19 Apr '18, 07:53) scai ♦

This is command:

./utils/update.php --import-file belgium.xml.bz2

not working! Although the data fills, table "word" - updated!

As well checked command :

./utils/setup.php --import-data --osm-file belgium.osm.pbf

It does not updated "placex" table, because of this not updated "search_word" table

(04 Dec '19, 08:05) Uffik
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Hi, the easy way is to do the following:

  1. cd /yourNominatimFolder/build;
  2. mkdir data; cd data;
  3. Download your pbf files ( wget wget wget wget
  4. apt-get install osmctools;
  5. Convert your PBF, so you can merge all of them in one file: osmconvert peru-latest.osm.pbf -o=peru.o5m; osmconvert colombia-latest.osm.pbf -o=colombia.o5m; osmconvert chile-latest.osm.pbf -o=chile.o5m; osmconvert peru.o5m colombia.o5m chile.o5m -o=allcountries.o5m; osmconvert allcountries.o5m -o=allcountries.osm.pbf;
  6. cd /yourNominatimFolder/build;
  7. ./utils/setup.php --osm-file data/allcountries.osm.pbf --all --osm2pgsql-cache 8000 2>&1 | tee setup.log
  8. Take a coffee. :)

If you have questions or need support, you can contact me:

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answered 04 Jul '16, 22:15

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Step 3:

Step 5:

  • osmconvert peru-latest.osm.pbf-o=peru.o5m;
  • osmconvert colombia-latest.osm.pbf -o=colombia.o5m;
  • osmconvert chile-latest.osm.pbf -o=chile.o5m;
  • osmconvert peru.o5m colombia.o5m chile.o5m -o=allcountries.o5m;
  • osmconvert allcountries.o5m -o=allcountries.osm.pbf;
(04 Jul '16, 22:19) aguilacontrol

Hi aguilacontrol, thank you for the very clear instructions. I'm currently in the process of the last line of point 5. After point 5 succeeds and I want to update the Nominatim database, is your recommendation to do (from the wiki)

rm settings/configuration.txt

./utils/setup.php --osmosis-init

./utils/setup.php --create-functions --enable-diff-updates

./utils/update.php --import-osmosis-all --no-npi

and then have coffee, or do something else?

(07 Jan '17, 14:14) OttoH

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