To generate a full set of GeoJSON from a shapefile we'd use OGR2OGR with a command:
ogr2ogr -f "GeoJSON" /tmp/world.geojson /tmp/world_borders.shp world_borders
But if you have a ton of features, it's better to rip out vector tiles that are in the standard Google Maps mercator tile pyramid scheme. Use TileStache.
If you instead want to subdivide your SHP into chunks based on different geographies, use the Split Layer By Attributes python ArcScript for ArcGIS.
Make sure you've added all frameworks to your path. Example:
Pay close attention to Users and Roles in PostreSQL (which are different than your general computer account login), the database foundation PostGIS sits on top of. It is persnickety. From the general Terminal shell, I ran:
Shall the new role be a superuser? (y/n) y
Where kelson is my computer account user name. That way my pg role and computer account are synched, which is what Postgres assumes.
This is the same as typing the following from the pgsql prompt:
CREATE ROLE kelson WITH CREATEDB CREATEROLE LOGIN;
Here's a good tutorial: http://www.postgresql.org/docs/8.1/interactive/tutorial-start.html
Make sure you have a database to store files into:
createdb postcarto -T template_postgis
NOTE: The -T "template" flag with "template_postgis" ensures the new DB has the PostGIS data structure.
We want to use a PostGIS command called shp2pgsql:
The correct import command format is:
shp2pgsql -c -s 900913 -W "win 1252" /-MyGTprojects/redistricting/toDB/merc_released/m_state1.shx state1 postcarto | psql -d postcarto
Where -s 900913 is the spatial reference system (projection).
Where -W “win 1252” is the character encoding of SHP files out of ArcMap. (latin1 is similar)
The | psql -d postcarto pipes the results of the first command into the table.
We want to use a built in TileStache script called tileStache-seed.py. It requires a config file, layer flag, bounding box flag, extention type, and zooms.
tilestache-seed.py -c /-MyGTprojects/redistricting/tiles/dataTiles/config/zooms/zoom6to8_counties.config -l census_2010 -b 36.5 -75.1 39.5 -83.7 -e json 6