Opened 7 years ago

Closed 5 years ago

#4084 closed task (fixed)

Update boundaries from NaturalEarth

Reported by: Ohr Owned by: mapnik-team@…
Priority: minor Milestone:
Component: mapnik Version:
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The Mapnik map at zoom levels 1 to 3 does not show South Sudan yet. After some searching this probably is caused by outdatet administrative boundaries from Naturalearth.

So I would kindly ask to update the 110m admin 0 data set to the latest version available at Naturalearth.

Change History (6)

comment:1 Changed 6 years ago by skorasaurus

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from new to closed

Can confirm this bug being still exists. South Sudan as administrative boundary now currently exists (level 2) as OSM data. The name renders but the border does not.

My first guess is that the ways [example ] has multiple relations, the level 2 admin boundary, and a level 4 relation on it.

Toebee believes that the z0-3 the data doesn't come from OSM, but from a shapefile which may have been what you were referring to -

the 110m_admin_0_boundary_lines contains only inland country borders and no coastline. world_boundaries_m has country borders including coastline and world_bnd_m has the same but tiled

Last edited 6 years ago by skorasaurus (previous) (diff)

comment:2 Changed 6 years ago by skorasaurus

  • Resolution fixed deleted
  • Status changed from closed to reopened

comment:3 Changed 6 years ago by ToeBee

Yep. z0 doesn't have any country borders. Borders at z1-3 actually come from the file downloaded at line 50 instead of 46 like I thought at first in

So technically this isn't really an OpenStreetMap problem but a naturalearth problem. The only thing OSM could do would be to stop using this naturalearth shapefile and produce our own instead like we do with coastlines.

About the only thing I can suggest in the mean time is using the "Find a problem?" link on the naturalearth site. They haven't put out a new version since 2009 so maybe if enough people bug them, they will get around to it. This file is available from:

comment:4 Changed 6 years ago by ajashton

The latest version of Natural Earth was released in August 2012 (1) and includes South Sudan among other updates. The version history on that link is out of date - the shapefile download is not.

It may be worth just waiting a few days though as I believe an even newer release of Natural Earth is imminent (2)

Last edited 6 years ago by ajashton (previous) (diff)

comment:5 Changed 6 years ago by Ohr

Well, the problem might be caused by a broken link in

Currently the script uses as the file name while the Natural Earth page points to a file called

By the way, the same problem applies to the populated places downloaded in the line above which should be according to the corresponding Natural Earth page.

comment:6 Changed 5 years ago by Andy Allan

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from reopened to closed

The boundaries have been updated in the meantime, and South Sudan shows up on the tileserver.

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