I've set up a single layer in Geoserver and added a tiled-layer to use for caching. I've also set up a custom gridset but when i request a tile i only get the response:


geowebcache-miss-reason:not a tile layer

I'm probably missing something fundamental here but i don't get any of the other errormessages.

Do anyone have any idea what can cause this except not having added a tiled-layer.

The geoserver docs state that the error message is generated because:

"The following request is not handled by the GeoWebCache WMS because the layer requested has no tile layer configured" (Geoserver docs)

Any ideas?

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    please edit your question to tell us more about your layer, what it is? how it was added? etc
    – Ian Turton
    Sep 13, 2017 at 8:03
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    And also, what does the request look like? Sep 13, 2017 at 12:26

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In my particular situation the problem was that I was accessing a Layer Group, instead of a layer. As soon as I switched it to request a single layer, caching started working.

This page has some useful information: https://docs.geoserver.org/stable/en/user/geowebcache/troubleshooting.html

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