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I saved an area inclusive waypoints to continue my survey without the use of a live connection. The saved file is present, it loads JOSM and the new changes can be uploaded. However the waypoints don’t show. Whats my mistake or what to do ?

asked 03 Jul '13, 14:24

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edited 03 Jul '13, 14:46

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aseerel4c26 ♦


When you say "waypoints" here do you mean in the GPX file sense like this:

  <wpt lat="51.1597304" lon="2.3703728">
    <sym>Radio Beacon</sym>
      <gpxx:WaypointExtension xmlns:gpxx="">

or something else?

(03 Jul '13, 15:08) SomeoneElse ♦

No I dont go that deep.

(03 Jul '13, 23:02) Hendrikklaas

I guess by waypoints you mean GPX traces.

If the traces came from a local file, you just have to reopen that file again. If the traces came from the server ([x] Raw GPS data) you have to save the GPX Data layer to a separate GPX file and open that file again. The regular .osm file won't be used to store the traces.

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answered 03 Jul '13, 14:42

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Hi, correct, it starts JOSM nicely. I expected to save a complete file, data inclusive waypoints for local use, too bad even changing the extension didnt work. JOSM comes up empty.

(03 Jul '13, 23:00) Hendrikklaas

Changing the extension of which file from what to what? JOSM expects a .osm file to contain OSM data and a .gpx file to contain GPX data. Although both are just XML you can't mix them because they have a different structure. You need two separate files.

(04 Jul '13, 08:34) scai ♦

If you want an editor which stores OSM data and GPX traces in a single file format for easier offline editing, use Merkaartor ( ).

(04 Jul '13, 10:33) Jonathan Ben...

I guess you are talking of saving into a .osm file.

Are you sure that you incorporated the waypoints into the data layer (which may not be the best choice since you may forget to delete the waypoints before you upload to Usually they are loaded via a gpx layer (if the waypoints are from a gps device). A gpx layer is not saved if you save the data layer. Have a look at the layer list.

If you want to load your waypoints again, just load the gpx file containing the waypoints again.

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answered 03 Jul '13, 14:41

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