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I am working on a web app which uses GeoExt, Geoserver, and PostGIS.

I would like to be able to identify features in this applications using the wms getFeatureInfo and then access a features related records (like photos, documents etc.).

Does anyone know how I could achieve this directly with GeoExt or would I have to venture into PHP or some kind of webservice?

edit - relationship between tables

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that would depend on how you have stored the related records. Are they in the postgis table, linked by fid or somewhere else? – iant Oct 13 '11 at 9:49
Yeah the related records are in a PostGIS table. The primary key (gid) of the table containing the features, is the foreign key (featid) in the attachments table. There is a one to many relationship between a feature and attachments. – Ando Oct 13 '11 at 20:52

The simplest way is to create a view with the two tables joined. Make sure that the view is in the Geometry_columns table and GeoServer will serve it up just like any other layer.

Then your WMS GetFeatureInfo request will contain the necessary info for you to display the related items.

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I'll give it ago and get back to you. However I originally thought that a view would only display a 1 to 1 relationship, so if there were multiple attachments for a point I wont get all related records....never mind I will try and get back to you – Ando Oct 16 '11 at 2:00
You should get one row for each joined pair, – iant Oct 16 '11 at 8:26

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