I'd like to setup a layer in GeoServer based on a table in PostGIS DB. The geometry column in the table has no SRID set (Find_SRID for this table returns 0). Geometries inserted into the table don't have the same SRID. Is it still possible to create a GeoServer layer from this table?

When I try to setup the layer, GeoServer sets "Native SRS" to one of the SRS present in the table data and I cannot remove it.

If its not possible, is the some possibility in GeoServer to serve global GIS data with mixed SRS?

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    It's poor practice to load data with varying SRIDs in a single table, and an antipattern to load data without any spatial reference at all. Rather than going forward with effectively corrupt data, you'd probably be best off re-loading the data with a single correct spatial reference (reprojecting as necessary once, instead of each time the data is accessed), which will make all your other steps significantly easier.
    – Vince
    Jan 13, 2020 at 17:08
  • As @vince says don't do this, it won't work and geoserver will produce random data
    – Ian Turton
    Jan 13, 2020 at 17:55
  • just to understand you, mixed SRS in DB is not data without spatial reference, or corrupt data, so what u mean with this? I guess, GeoServer than cannot do what i would hope: take the mixed SRS data and reproject it into a common projection i specify in e.g. WMS "srs" parameter.
    – george
    Jan 14, 2020 at 6:13

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Your problem is stated here:

The geometry column in the table has no SRID set (Find_SRID for this table returns 0).

As a result GeoServer considers this unprojected data (it's just numbers not a position) and can't reproject it. GeoServer only considers the SRS of the geometry column not the individual projection of the geometries (which PostGIS doesn't return in a normal query) so can not process a column of this type correctly.

Spatial database tables should have a single enforced SRS (SRID) not a random mix, you can achieve this by reprojecting your random polygons to a common SRS before adding them to the database. GeoServer will then happily import and reproject your data to any SRS that is requested.

  • now i understand, thx a lot! but for a global GIS system which needs to keep precision, reprojecting data is for sure not good. could u point out some suggestions, how to store the data, or even maybe post some links to concepts of global GIS systems?
    – george
    Jan 14, 2020 at 14:23
  • If it's truly global then use WGS84 (or similar), but more likely you have a number of projects scattered around the world.
    – Ian Turton
    Jan 14, 2020 at 14:30
  • yeah, scattered around the world and u can jump from one to other ....
    – george
    Jan 15, 2020 at 9:02
  • then many tables is the best plan
    – Ian Turton
    Jan 15, 2020 at 9:07

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