I am unable to get Alaska state polygon when filtering with osmium. Any idea how to debug/solve this?


  • downloaded: http://download.geofabrik.de/north-america-latest.osm.pbf
  • trying to filter US states, all work except Alaska
  • osmium tags-filter north-america-latest.osm.pbf r/name=Alaska or osmium tags-filter north-america-latest.osm.pbf r/ref=AK do not produce state polygon in result, but for ie. Nevada and all other states works osmium tags-filter north-america-latest.osm.pbf r/ref=NV
  • relation exists on web and wasn't changed in last month: https://www.openstreetmap.org/relation/1116270#map=3/56.61/-130.25
  • tried osmium getid north-america-latest.osm.pbf r1116270 and got empty file
  • similar queries work in overpass as expected:
out body;
out skel qt;

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  • Tried with planet-210628.osm.pbf same results, so I guess it is something with osmium
  • After studying .osm and not just .pbf size, I now know that I get relation 1116270, but it has only one node and 100+ ways, so I get that polygon, but it is somehow degenerated
  • working with osmium 1.13.1 on debian 9


  • After using pbflint it seams that relation has missing ways, not sure how to report this or investigate further
$ ./pbflint.linux.bin tmp9.pbf

error: relation 1116270 missing member way 46113982

error: relation 1116270 missing member way 42394837

error: relation 1116270 missing member way 42394795

error: relation 1116270 missing member way 46113981

error: relation 1116270 missing member way 42394788

error: relation 1116270 missing member way 42394794

error: relation 1116270 missing member way 42394790


All 7 missing ways are on Eastern Hemishpere, looks like osmium bug https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/42394790#map=4/54.54/177.89

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    I don't know why, but some states / Canadian provinces are sometimes missing from the north-America / Canada PBF exports. You can try with a previous export ... or with the planet export. (Since it seems only the border is missing, I personally keep a copy of the provinces borders and replace the sometimes-but-not-always missing ones)
    – JGH
    Jul 5, 2021 at 14:33
  • Good idea, tried with planet-210628.osm.pbf but got the same. But I have found some new details which I will place in Edit1. Jul 6, 2021 at 7:38
  • @JGH I have mistakenly thought the problem from extract is also in planet because osmium getid requires -r to collect all child members of relations. I did not use it at first so resulting exports were equal. Jul 23, 2021 at 8:20

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Ways are missing in north-america-latest.osm.pbf from Geofabrik but are there in planet-210628.osm.pbf. But, when I was debugging this the first time few weeks ago I tried to extract relation with osmium getid without -r argument and incomplete output made me assume that osmium works bad on both america and planet data.

So when I run this osmium getid planet-210628.osm.pbf r1116270 -r -o Alaska.pbf result is valid.

[EDIT 1] More info on osmium bug which I suspect caused missing ways in north-america-latest.osm.pbf and in my data while I was processing it later.

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