I can not set remote store for my geoserver. Technically, I have two servers. Geoserver is installed on one server and data (rasters) is stored on another server. Data itself is reachable through url. When I set local store for my geoserver (using some test rasters), it works. I do it like so:

requests.post("http://" + geoserverhost + ":" + geoserverport + "/geoserver/rest/workspaces/" + workspace +\
"/coveragestores?configure=all", data="<coverageStore><name>" + layer_name + \
"store</name><workspace>accent</workspace><enabled>true</enabled><advertised>true</advertised><type>" + tif_type +\
"</type><url>file:" + targetPath + \
"</url></coverageStore>", headers={"Content-Type": "text/xml"}, auth=(geo["user"], geo["password"]))

The most important part here, is where I set data url:

"...<url>file:" + targetPath + "</url>"

Here targetPath is local to the geoserver itself. Now, I want to switch to remote data storage. I do it like so:

"...<url>" + targetUrl + "</url>"

Here target url is a valid url reachable form everywhere. But unfortunatelly, it does not work. When I publish my layer, I get some rubbish on the client. So, what is wrong with that and how can I fix it?

  • does it work when you use the GUI? what does the log file show
    – Ian Turton
    Dec 12, 2017 at 10:37
  • I have not tried it in GUI. I will check it in a minute. Dec 12, 2017 at 10:38
  • I see this error message in GUI Could not list layers for this store, an error occurred retrieving them: java.io.FileNotFoundException: Invalid input file providedexists: false isDirectory: false. Even though the target url (which points to a remote tif) is perfectly reachable. Dec 12, 2017 at 10:58

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The TIFF reader out of the box won't work unless the file is local.

If the URL happens to point to a S3 bucket then this unsupported module (use at your own risk) might help: https://github.com/geotools/geotools/tree/master/modules/unsupported/s3-geotiff

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    or use a virtual file system to mount the data and use it as if it was local. See here.
    – pLumo
    Dec 12, 2017 at 15:25

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