I have build an application using PostGIS, geoserver and openlayers2.12 and I am facing the following problem: When I add some data in my Postgis tables, geoserver doesn't get refreshed properly and the new data (lines and points) are not shown on the map. If I zoom in the map I get some parts of my new data (parts of lines and all the points). But when I zoom out I can not see anything. Also when I do "Layer Preview" I don't see the new geometries.

I tried to delete the cache of the layer and my browser..but no luck. What solves the problem is if I delete and then recreate the layer. Then everything its shown. But doing this I loose all my cache and the application becomes slow.

Any idea what It can cause this behavior?

  • Are the new features which you add still within the original extents of the layer? Do you get the added features with WFS GetFeature request?
    – user30184
    Commented Oct 2, 2015 at 7:32

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concerning your question about how to update the bounding-boxes:

Choose the layers menu:

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Click on the layer in the layers list:

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Recalculate the bounds

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If the extent keeps changing you could perhaps try to set the extent manually to the world extent...


GeoServer comes bundled with GeoWebCache.

Have a go at truncating that cache.

Go to your GeoServer Admin Console in the web browser and choose the 'Tile Layers' section, then go to 'seed/truncate'. You can also do this directly with GWC by going to http://yourserver:8080/geoserver/gwc.

See below:

GeoServer Tile Layers

truncate GWC

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    I tried that but I still don't see the newly added information. I read here: gis.stackexchange.com/questions/16996/… that I might need to update the bounding box of the store but I don't know how to do this. Any idea?
    – user1919
    Commented Oct 2, 2015 at 6:00
  • For sure one think I have to do is to recompute the Bounding Boxes (compute from data) inside the Layer options.
    – user1919
    Commented Oct 2, 2015 at 6:09
  • Why exact bounding box is necessary for you? I would just make the initial BBOX so big that all data that will come in later for sure falls inside it. Only drawback I can imagine is too wide bounding box in WMS GetCapabilities.
    – user30184
    Commented Oct 2, 2015 at 9:46

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