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As osm2po was a more reliable way to convert an .osm I went for that solution to load my date in postgres.

In the workshop however the author points out to check the result after osm2pgrouting. The following tables must be created:

"geometry_columns" "nodes"
"spatial_ref_sys" "types"
"vertices_tmp_id_seq" "ways"

After the sql (generated from osm2po) has run, only the tables "geometry_columns" and "spatial_ref_sys" are created. How do I fix this difference?
Is osm2po incomplete? Did something go wrong?

Can anyone point me in a better direction?

Thanks alot!

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geometry_columns and spatial_ref_sys are created and populated by PostGIS automatically in case you add a geometry column. The other tables are more or less temporary, used for finding links via assign_vertex_id. osm2po does all this segmenting-stuff for you. All you need is the resulting table which is created by osm2po. In addition osm2po does not rely on assign_vertex_id and uses the original links from osm instead.

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Carsten is right. And there is nothing incomplete when vertices_tmp is missing either, which is a temporary table and can be deleted. While osm2po is the better import tool at the moment, it's not part of the workshop, because it's not on OSGeo Live DVD. And it's not on the LiveDVD because it's not released under Open Source license. – dkastl Aug 9 '12 at 20:18
Thanks alot for this valuable info. Now I can continue without doubt, which means alot :) – user9347 Aug 10 '12 at 8:37
But as I'm continuing, confusion increases too. I see in the workshop that it uses the functions of pgRouting. (e.g. shortest path) How do I continue now, knowing that there is not even a "ways" table? The osm2po tutor ( clearly states that this is the only thing needed for pgRouting, which looks like contradiction if the ways table is not existing. – user9347 Aug 10 '12 at 9:34
The tutorial is deprecated and not part of the official web page anymore. – Carsten Aug 10 '12 at 11:58
Have a look into the pdf on page 9 chapter 4.5. – Carsten Aug 11 '12 at 9:41

There is one more thing that no one mentioned. So the standard osm2po tables end up missing a vertex table equivalent to the vertices_temp table in osm2pgrouting. I found this table quite useful, as it has the lat/long for each osm vertex as well as its osm_id node id. You can still get this from the osm2po application, but you need to go into the osm2po.config configuration file and uncomment the line:

#postp.1.class =

If you uncomment this line, (remove the #), then rerun the osm2po application on your osm or pbf file, it will generate a new sql script with a prefix_2p_v.sql file. You can then run this like the pgr.sql file and it will add a vertex table.

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