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I hope you can help as I am tearing my hair out here. Do any of you elite geo peeps have any idea why some specific functions could be missing from my PostGIS install?

I am trying to use Mapnik with PostGIS but when I try to run queries from Python it fails with an error of:

ERROR:  function st_extent(geography) does not exist at character 73
HINT:  No function matches the given name and argument types. You might need to add explicit type casts.
STATEMENT:  SELECT ST_XMin(ext),ST_YMin(ext),ST_XMax(ext),ST_YMax(ext) FROM (SELECT ST_Extent(geom) as ext from reseller_map_core_reseller) as tmp

This is the part of the mapnik code:

shapes = mapnik.Layer('Geometry from PostGIS')
shapes.datasource = mapnik.PostGIS(host='localhost', user='user', password='password', dbname='sales_map', table='sales_map_core_sales', geometry_field='geom', srid='4326')
shapes.styles.append('My Style')

I'm just trying to overlay all of the regions from the selected table onto my mapnik generated image.

I have installed PostGIS successfully, created a spatial db using extensions and my other GeoDjango/PostGIS seems to work so far.

I have looked in the db using pgAdmin and I can see that the st_extents() is missing from the list for some reason even though the others seem to be there.

Any ideas why this specific function (and possibly others) could be missing when I have installed everything?

I am using:

  • PostGIS: 2.0.3
  • Postgresql: 9.2.3
  • Mapnik 2.10

Thanks for your help!

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up vote 2 down vote accepted

Most likely st_extent is not missing -> it is just undefined for geography types (that's what your error says).

It works on geometry types:

osm=# select st_extent('LINESTRING(1 2,3 4)'::geography);
ERROR:  function st_extent(geography) does not exist
LINE 1: select st_extent('LINESTRING(1 2,3 4)'::geography);
HINT:  No function matches the given name and argument types. You might need to add explicit type casts.

osm=# select st_extent('LINESTRING(1 2,3 4)'::geometry);
 BOX(1 2,3 4)
(1 row)
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Genius! That was it! I'm new to db functions so I didn't quite realise what the eror was telling me and then was confused because I couldn't find it in the function list when viewing the db (but obviously it's there somewhere because it's working now). Thanks! – Ashemah Mar 22 '13 at 5:33

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