How-To : Offline Unav maps



  • I've added two steps to clone the git repository.

    Nothing happens because you were missing the git most likely.



  • I want to install the docker and I get this:Captura de pantalla de 2019-05-22 23-28-49.png



  • Could you help me install the one in Spain?



  • I recently found that foxtrotgps runs fine in a Libertine shell, and more importantly the files are compatible with uNav.

    This can all be done on the phone, or just using foxtrot on a pc.

    I think the better question is why does uNav not cache downloaded tiles? If that happened most users would be fine downloading tiles on-the-go; the current arrangement eats mobile data unnecessarily.



  • I download Openstreetmap tiles in advance for my interested regions (Munich and Havana) with the resolution 11-18 to my laptop and update them there from time to time, tar+SCP copy them to the SD of my BQ E4.5, start a small local Python web server in the phone and have a patched uNav app which ask this local webserver and not the Internet for the tiles. I can post the exact details if someone is interested.

    Matthias



  • @guru said in How-To : Offline Unav maps:

    I download Openstreetmap tiles in advance for my interested regions (Munich and Havana) with the resolution 11-18 to my laptop and update them there from time to time, tar+SCP copy them to the SD of my BQ E4.5, start a small local Python web server in the phone and have a patched uNav app which ask this local webserver and not the Internet for the tiles. I can post the exact details if someone is interested.

    Please do. This sounds extremely useful.



  • I'm curious if there's a reason to use a web server vs a symlink to the storage location...

    ie.
    I symlinked foxtrotgps to download to ~/Downloads/maps
    and symlinked uNav to read from ~/Downloads/maps/OSM

    This seems simpler with no overhead to me, but I've no idea what the advantages of a tile server might be.



  • OK, here comes the first part of the howto:

    How To Use OSM Tiles Offline with uNav
    guru@unixarea.de

    The problem

    The app for UbuntuTouch "uNav" works only with Internet connection when presenting maps and locations. Sometimes Internet is not reliable or over data mobile even expensive and the idea to workaround is having the maps' tiles prefetched and stored in the Ubuntu phone. Here is the tool chain so solve this.

    1. Prefetching OSM tiles for a given area of interest and

    There is a C-written tool 'osmtiles' to be fetched an compiled
    on your Linux or FreeBSD workstation: http://www.millions.ca/~stacy/osmtiles.tgz
    Compilation is simple (see its README):

        tar xzf osmtiles.tgz
        cd osmtiles
        cc -o osmtiles osmtiles.c -lm
    

    The tool 'osmtiles' allows to make a list of all OSM tiles of a given GPS coordinates of an area, for example:

         osmtiles -z 9 -Z 18                \
            23.178555 -82.462692            \
            23.050039 -82.288628            \
            > havana.txt 
    

    -z 9 and -Z 18 give the nivel of the tiles, from 9 to 18. The above region (23.178555 -82.462692) x (23.050039 -82.288628) are the GPS coordinates of a rectangle of the capital of Cuba, Havana. The output of the tool is a list file like this:

        9/138/222.png
        10/277/444.png
        11/554/888.png
        11/554/889.png
        11/555/888.png
        11/555/889.png
        12/1109/1776.png
        ...
    

    Some ~18.000 lines, i.e. tiles to fetch. This list is stored for fetch (and later updates) in a file, let's say havana.txt. I have a bunch of such files for the places I visit.

    Based on this list I have a shell script which in principle does for any of the files in the list:

        while read name ; do
            fetch the MD5 sum from the server for the file http://tile.openstreetmap.org/$name
    	if the MD5 is different from what I have
    	    fetch the file http://tile.openstreetmap.org/$name
        done < havana.txt
    

    This way, later on updates, only modified tiles will be fetched.
    I can share this script, no problem, if you promise not to blame
    me, but send patches for it.

    Next step is making, again based on the file of the place to visit, a tar archive:

        cd osm
        tar --files-from=../Havana.lst -czf ../Havana.tgz
        ls -lh ../Havana.tgz
        -rw-r--r--  1 guru  wheel    93M 24 may.  16:58 ../Havana.tgz
    

    i.e. such a file is around 100 MByte in size.

    Move these file(s) to the phone with SCP or ADB and unpack them on the SD card to some directory which will later be served by a small Python web server.

    1. The modifications in the phone

    (TO BE CONTINUED)



  • @Giiba said in How-To : Offline Unav maps:

    I'm curious if there's a reason to use a web server vs a symlink to the storage location...

    ie.
    I symlinked foxtrotgps to download to ~/Downloads/maps
    and symlinked uNav to read from ~/Downloads/maps/OSM

    This seems simpler with no overhead to me, but I've no idea what the advantages of a tile server might be.

    The big advantage is that the change in uNav is one single line: substituting the URL of the original web server by http://localhost:8000 and al is done once you have the tiles fetched.

    And, fetching tiles with foxtrotgps, i.e. by hand when visiting the place with foxtrotgps is not a solution for the problem when you need tiles and have no Internet connection.



  • Part 2:

    1. The modifications in the phone

    We start with copy over the file Havana.tgz to the phone and unpack it there:

        scp -p Havana.tar.gz phablet@192.168.2.102:.
        ssh phablet@192.168.2.102
    
        ls /media/phablet/
        9CC0-D6CE
        mkdir /media/phablet/9CC0-D6CE/Maps
        cd /media/phablet/9CC0-D6CE/Maps
        tar xzf ~/Havana.tar.gz
    

    Note: the dir 9CC0-D6CE may vary depending on the SD type. Change this to the name in your phone and later in the start script for the Python web server too. Unpacking the tar archive should give:

        ls /media/phablet/9CC0-D6CE/Maps/
        osm
        ls /media/phablet/9CC0-D6CE/Maps/osm
        10  11  12  13  14  15  16  17  18  9
    
    

    i.e. the tiles in their sub-dirs 9 ... 18.

    To start our special uNav-osm app we need a new desktop entry as ~/.local/share/applications/unav-osm.desktop which must contain the following lines:

        [Desktop Entry]
        Name=unav-osm
        Type=Application
        Exec=/usr/bin/nohup /home/phablet/unav.sh
        Icon=/userdata/system-data/opt/click.ubuntu.com/navigator.costales/current/icon.png
        Terminal=false
        X-Ubuntu-Touch=true
    

    As you see it will not execute the uNav app directly, but a small shell script /home/phablet/unav.sh. This script starts upfront the Python web service and then the uNav app itself. It has the folling few lines.

        #!/bin/sh
        #
        cd /media/phablet/9CC0-D6CE/Maps
        python3 -m http.server 8888 &
        #
        cd /userdata/system-data/opt/click.ubuntu.com/navigator.costales/current
        qmlscene %u qml/Main.qml > /dev/null 2> /dev/null
    

    Create this script /home/phablet/unav.sh with vi and make it executable:

        vi /home/phablet/unav.sh
        chmod 0755 /home/phablet/unav.sh
    

    Last action is to make a small modification in uNav itself. At the time of writing it is the version 2.3 and the fix must be done in this file: /userdata/system-data/opt/click.ubuntu.com/navigator.costales/current/nav/index.html
    What to change is best visible in this diff:

        cd /userdata/system-data/opt/click.ubuntu.com/navigator.costales/current/nav
        diff index.html index.html.orig
    210c210
    < 		source: new ol.source.OSM({url: 'http://localhost:8888/osm/{z}/{x}/{y}.png'}),
    ---
    > 		source: new ol.source.OSM({url: 'http://{a-c}.basemaps.cartocdn.com/rastertiles/voyager/{z}/{x}/{y}.png'}),
    
    

    The file must be modified as root and it's a good idea to make a copy (like I did):

        sudo su
        cd /userdata/system-data/opt/click.ubuntu.com/navigator.costales/current/nav
        cp -p index.html index.html.orig
        vi index.html
    

    Note: the URL http://{a-c}.basemaps.cartocdn.com/rastertiles/... appears three times in the file. Change only the first location for /voyager/.... because this is also
    what you want to pick-up in the Settings menu of uNav for the value:

        Mode
        Online
    
        Online style
        Carto Voyager        <---------------
    

    That's it as changes.

    One final note: You have only offline tiles for small places and not the world between. So, you can't slide over the world, for example from Munich to Havana. If you leave your location of offline tiles you will see only a white map in uNav.
    The way to move is configure in Settings some other Online style, for example Mapbox. Or configure locations as Favourites to jump over the Ocean.

    For questions just ping me or write me to guru@unixarea.de

    Matthias



  • @guru good, I've seen your explanation but I see it very complicated I in this of many commands I'm lost, my question would be: could do all Spain or otherwise as would be done by parts.I currently according to the site I want to go under me tiles by jtiledownloader and then I pass them to the cell phone but it is a huge job, if you could give me a hand I would thank you.


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