[postgis-users] Curved Geometry not supported by postgis functions
mark.leslie at lisasoft.com
Tue Oct 16 20:03:44 PDT 2007
Ken Southerland wrote:
> We started using the new curved geometries in postgis and found that
> some of the functions don't support them. I am using postgres 8.2 with
> postgis 1.3.1-1.
> For instance, the intersects( geometry, geometry ) function gives the
> following error ...
> Caused by: org.postgresql.util.PSQLException: ERROR: Exception in
> LWGEOM2GEOS: curved geometry not supported.
> ... and the length( geometry ) function returns zero for any geometry
> containing a curve.
> Is this problem stemming from postgis or geos do you think? We have
> made a big, out-on-a-limb leap in deciding to use these new curved
> geometries and converting customer data over to them and now we are
> running into these issues when running reports. Help. Por favor.
The problem stems from the fact that curved geometry support is in
ongoing development. Much of the functionality of postgis is achieved
by leveraging geos, which does not support curved geometries, and last I
heard, didn't have them on the radar. While postgis can perform basic
operations on the curves, anything that backs onto geos, which are most
of the relationship and processing functions, don't support them. The
length(geometry) should work, so that sounds like a postgis bug.
There was work in progress, that I believe has stalled, to hack together
some semblance of support by converting a curved section of geometry to
a linear approximation, pass that to geos, and then attempt to
regenerate curved sections from any result returned. That is clearly
not very good solution, but is the only one I'm aware of at the moment.
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