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How can I find out if a particular node (that is a part of an existing way) that still exists in the current OSM database was once a part of a different way that no longer exists in the OSM database?

Does this information display in a node's history on osm.org?

I figure that this could be done by downloading an old planet file, extracting a small region containing the node, etc, but I would prefer a much simpler workflow if possible.

asked 27 Jan '14, 17:39

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edited 27 Jan '14, 17:41


How about this:


(obviously use the way ID of the way that you're interested in)

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answered 27 Jan '14, 17:54

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Thanks for the answer although I do not know the way ID of the now deleted way; I only know the nodes' ID. Unfortunately, that tool does not identify what ways (if any) that a node is currently or historically had been a part of.

(27 Jan '14, 18:04) skorasaurus

How about using "undelete" in Potlatch 1 to find the ID of the deleted way first?

(27 Jan '14, 18:05) SomeoneElse ♦

I haven't tried this yet but the deleted way was likely deleted years ago and I presume potlatch can only undelete a way recently deleted. I am just trying to find out if a way containing the node in question, was ever deleted, if so, when, and the tags of that deleted way.

(27 Jan '14, 18:33) skorasaurus

No, that's not a restriction of P1 undelete. The way is:


(and yes, that node was in it)

(27 Jan '14, 18:50) SomeoneElse ♦
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