On CentOS, I have a MySQL 5 database with a MyISAM table that has a geometry column with a spatial index, containing US county boundaries.
Trying to combine/aggregate/dissolve some of these into as few polygons as possible, to create minimum KML/KMZ files for public use, using the ogr2ogr just built with the GDAL 1.10.1 sources.
INFO: Open of `MySQL:mydb,user=root,password=password' using driver `MySQL' successful. Layer name: counties Geometry: Unknown (any) Feature Count: 3234 Extent: (-178.309480, -14.601813) - (145.909365, 71.441059) Layer SRS WKT: (unknown) Geometry Column = geo county_fips: Integer (0.0) state_fips: Integer (0.0) state_abrv: String (100.0) county_name: String (255.0)
@afalciano provided the syntax for combining the data for ESRI Shapefiles, but I have virtually no GDAL/ogr experience, and am having problems translating this to work with MySQL.
Ideally, I'd output as KML, but have had issues with that, so would be happy to get the output in WKT or anything Perl could be made to parse, or into another MySQL table with geometry column.
Can you provide any tips on ogr2ogr tutorials (other than the online driver doc pages)?
I need to do this programmatically, on demand, on a headless CentOS web server.