[Neo4j] Problem Installing Spatial (Beginner)

Craig Taverner craig at amanzi.com
Fri Oct 7 23:12:32 CEST 2011

Sorry for such a late response, I missed this mail.

I must first point out that it seems you are trying to use Neo4j-Spatial in
the standalone server version of Neo4j. That is possible, but not well
supported. We have only exposed a few of the functions in the server, and do
not test it regularly.

The main way we are using neo4j-spatial at the moment is in the embedded
version of neo4j. This is where the maven instructions come in because they
assume you are writing a Java application that will embed the database. If
you are using a java application, and you can start using maven, then
everything should be easy to get working.

However, since I am relatively sure you are using neo4j-server, I think you
are getting into deep water. We need to improve our support for neo4j server
more before I can recommend you try it. The next release, 0.7, is focusing
on geoprocessing features, and then we hope to expose this in neo4j-server
in 0.8. Hopefully then things will be much easier for you.

On Tue, Sep 27, 2011 at 5:24 PM, handloomweaver <al at atomised.coop> wrote:

> Hi
> I wonder if someone would be so kind to help. I'm new to Neo4j and was
> trying to install Neo4jSpatial to try its GIS features out. I need to be
> clear that I have no experience of Java & Maven so I'm struggling a bit.
> I want to install Neo4j & Spatial once somewhere on my 4GB MacBook Pro. I
> have no problem downloading the Neo4j Java Binary and starting it. But I'm
> confused about the Spatial library. Looking at the Github page it says
> either use Maven or copy a zip file into a folder in Neo4j. Is the zip file
> the Github repository contents or something else?
> I've tried the Maven way (mvn install) described on GitHub but I'm firstly
> confused about if/where Neo4j is being installed (does it install it first,
> where?) and anyway the install fails. It seems to be a JVM Heap memory
> problem? Why is it failing. How can I make it not fail. Is it a config file
> somewhere needing tweaked?
> http://handloomweaver.s3.amazonaws.com/Terminal_Output.txt
> http://handloomweaver.s3.amazonaws.com/surefire-reports.zip
> I'm really keen to use Neo4J spatial but the barrier to entry for the less
> technical GIS developer is proving too high for me!
> I'd SO appreciate some help/pointers. I apologise that I am posting such a
> NOOB question on your forum but I've exhausted Google searches.
> Thanks
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