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Yesterday I asked this question due to a problem I'm encountering when importing an OSM extract into a Postgres database. It appears my hard drive has only a few hundred MBs free.

At the moment, I'm using a VM on my own machine but I may move the processing to a VM in the cloud or build another VM on my own hardware. Either way, I'll likely be building a new VM to handle this.

Question: How do I estimate the hardware requirements necessary to process an OSM extract?

asked 24 Feb '15, 20:50

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edited 24 Feb '15, 21:00

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aseerel4c26 ♦

Could you accept the answer to your original question, with a comment that you indeed did not have enough disk space and add a link to this question.

(25 Feb '15, 22:08) SimonPoole ♦

You can visit our wiki and do a search for "benchmarks" there.

In the result list you will get some hints about duration of processing different amounts of raw OSm data with different tools on different machines.

Maybe this can help you a little bit.

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answered 24 Feb '15, 22:41

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Note that there are various tools to load OSM data in a db, depending on your usecase.

(25 Feb '15, 11:12) Vincent de P... ♦

Just to add one more data point, your us-midwest-latest.osm.pbf extract is around 1Gb. I find that the 330Mb extract from the UK that I use fits "nicely" onto a server with 30Gb of disk, provided that I trim the updates down before importing them. This is with a stylesheet based on an old OSM-carto one (same style file) - the actually storage requirements will of course be different if you store different data.

(25 Feb '15, 12:42) SomeoneElse ♦

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