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CartoCC — Carto Config Customizer

Very simple tool for customizing layers values of a .mml config file.

Warning: it's experimental and work in progress.

Install

npm install cartocc

Usage

For example, you may want to customize the database connection or some shp file path.

CartoCC makes it very simple. You just create some rules, stored in a json file, applying to layers fields. Each rule define some values to set to a layer if some field has some value.

Example of rules:

[
    {
        "if": {
            "Datasource.type": "postgis"
        },
        "then": {
            "Datasource.dbname": "osm2",
            "Datasource.host": "localhost2",
            "Datasource.password": "blahblah"
        }
    },
    {
        "if": {
            "class": "shp"
        },
        "then": {
            "Datasource.file": "/data/{id}.shp"
        }
    }
]

You can also have multiple conditions (which are ANDed):

[
    {
        "if": {
            "geometry": "multipolygon",
            "class": "bigdata"
        },
        "then": {
            "Datasource.dbname": "anotherdb",
            "Datasource.host": "hostforbigqueries",
            "Datasource.password": "123456"
        }
    }
]

You can also test on an array of values (which are ORed):

[
    {
        "if": {
            "id": ["id1", "id2"]
        },
        "then": {
            "Datasource.dbname": "anotherdb",
            "Datasource.host": "anotherhost",
            "Datasource.password": "123456"
        }
    }
]

You can use dynamic properties of the layer in the final value (this will use Layer.id in the final path):

[
    {
        "if": {
            "Datasource.type": "shape"
        },
        "then": {
            "Datasource.file": "/data/{id}/{id}.shp"
        }
    }
]

Notes:

  • Fields are relative to Layer. You can use a path as field reference. For example, Datasource.type will look for the field type of Layer.Datasource.
  • only first matching rule apply

Then run the script from command line to get the customized .mml file:

cartocc <path-to-project.mml> <path-to-custom-rules.json> > local_project.mml

Collaborative workflow suggestion

When using TileMill in a collaborative workflow, the commits involving the .mml file can be polluted by changes related to local configuration. To avoid this, here is a suggested workflow.

Important limitation to notice: it will not be possible to use TileMill itself for managing the .mml file.

  1. Use as .mml a <project-name>.mml file; only this one must be versionned (TileMill defaults to <project-name>.mml in case project.mml is missing)
  2. Use a file cartocc.json located in your project root to store the rules.
  3. Use the following command to process the configuration: cartocc <project-name>; this will generate a project.mml file in the project root, which will be used by TileMill; this file must not be committed.
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