I’d taken a short break from mapping and come back. I was successfully using JOSM 20080713-1 on Ubuntu Linux 9.04 but now whenever I try to download map data I’m getting a 403 (forbidden) error. Potlatch works fine and I can log in here so I’m sure my account credentials are OK. Has anybody else seen this behaviour or know a fix? I found a couple of possible related threads in the German board but my German isn’t good enough to understand them.
Is it possible that the version Ubuntu offers is not yet compatible with API 0.6, which has been deployed in April? Try manually downloading and running a current version of JOSM from josm.openstreetmap.de.
Unfortunately, the Ubuntu packaging strategy of allowing feature updates for software only every 6 months doesn’t really work well for a rapidly evolving software as JOSM. (Btw, is it really as old as 2008-07-13? If it is, it’s even worse than 6 months.)
I get frequent bug fix downloads and since this now doesn’t work I’ll class it as a bug. I’ll contact the person that maintains the Ubuntu package for JOSM and tell him the package is broken and ask for an update. In the meantime I till try the new version and see if that works.
New build does work. The build on Ubuntu is a “community maintained” build which means it’s looked after by a volunteer rather than by a staff member at Canonical (Ubuntu’s commercial sponsor) I’ll try to contact them.