When trying to use the EPSG 3857 (via EPSG:3857 in geowebcache.xml), we see log errors:

18:45:16 ERROR  [config.XMLGridSubset] - Unable to find GridSet for "EPSG:3857"
18:45:16 ERROR  [layer.AbstractTileLayer] - EPSG:3857 is not known by the GridSetBroker, skipping for layer my:test

Regardless of the error messages, it seems that GWC will do caching anyway.

What would be the correct way to use GeoWebCache for caching EPSG 3857-based WMS requests?

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    Does a gridset called epsg:3857 exist? what if you use EPSG:900913 instead?
    – nmtoken
    Aug 11, 2023 at 9:59
  • @nmtoken: In the geowebcache.xml there is no such gridSet defined. Are there any defaults defined in GeoWebCache, e. g. 900913 that I can copy into the xml? As far as I remember we have already worked with 900913 and no such error messages occured (or we just ignored them, I'm not sure).
    – user27772
    Aug 11, 2023 at 13:57
  • GWC that comes with GeoServer includes a EPSG:900913 gridset. If you're creating from scratch perhaps you need~ raw.githubusercontent.com/opengeospatial/2D-Tile-Matrix-Set/…
    – nmtoken
    Aug 11, 2023 at 15:07
  • Thank you. Actually, we already have a running standalone GeoServer and simply want to add the missing gridSet. I wonder where the gridSets are stored - is it possible to add your xml file or past its content somewhere? At least gridSets can be edited/copied/removed via GUI according to docs.geoserver.org/2.22.x/en/user/geowebcache/webadmin/….
    – user27772
    Aug 11, 2023 at 15:23

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You could just try to create a new GridSet in the GeoServer/ GWC admin area, as documented here, that is exactly the link that you also mention in your comment: https://docs.geoserver.org/main/en/user/geowebcache/webadmin/gridsets.html.

Go to GridSets > Create a new gridset, then add the required parameters and the desired zoom levels and save.

Then, to let GWC use this gridset for all your defined layers, go to Caching Defaults > Standard Cache Gridsets and add the newly defined gridset.

This should be everything to make the new gridset be used by your tiled queries.


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