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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why is my ors reporting Could not find point?
  2. When does the OSM data update in the openrouteservice?

Why is my ors reporting Could not find point?

This is a frequently encountered error message:

Could not find point 0: 25.3531986 51.5214311 within a radius of 350.0 meters.;
Could not find point 1: 25.3524229 51.4627229 within a radius of 350.0 meters.

There are three main reasons for this problem, listed in order of most to least common.

  1. If both points are not found you probably just mixed up Lat and Long. Our API expects coordinates in [lon,lat] order as described in our documentation (check help button for parameter info). Output is also [lon,lat] as by the GeoJSON Specification.

  2. The given start and endpoint are further than 350m away from any routable road. The maximum distance for snapping to road segments in our API is 350m. This can be customized for local installations via the maximum_snapping_radius and location_index_resolution config-parameter. See configuration for details.

  3. The start and enpoint are passed with correct lon,lat-order and are within 350m of a routable road. This should only happen with a local installation. Usually, this means that ors is trying to route in an area that graphs have not been built for. If routes in Heidelberg(Germany) can be found, the ors is still running on the default dataset.


When does the OSM data update in the openrouteservice?

The openrouteservice builds its data from the planet.osm.pbf-files. According to the osm-wiki, these files take two days to build and are updated weekly.

Since the planet-files are rather large (currently over 60GB), there is a bit of work involved to make sure the download went right and the file is not corrupted in any way and in fact new. Parts of this process are in the hands of the OSM, parts are done by the openrouteservice.

Once the newest planet-file is on the openrouteservice-servers, it needs to be preprocessed before the openrouteservice can start building the graphs used for routing.

The build process in itself is rather resource-intensive. It takes roughly two days for any one of the nine profiles. For the mentioned resource requirements, this means that it will take roughly a week for all profiles to be re-built.

Once the graphs are built, the production instances have to load them. Since this should happen in a low-traffic timeslot, it is also scheduled to happen once per week.

To sum up: if you change anything in the OSM, it will therefore take roughly a week until it’s included in the planet-file. This gets read once a week, the build takes a week and reloading graphs happens once a week.

If everything aligns as it should, changes should be reflected in the openrouteservice within two to three weeks.

If, however, anything goes wrong anywhere, this will usually mean a delay of at least a week, assuming it gets noticed and fixed immediately. It is no sign of concern, if changes are not reflected within a month.