[postgis-users] Shapefiles exported from PostGIS and ESRI ArcView 9 compatibility

Peter Hopfgartner peter.hopfgartner at r3-gis.com
Thu Jul 21 00:43:07 PDT 2011

Since there is no official spec for "shapefiles", there are some 
differences between the different shapefiles producers and consumers.
Shapefiles produced with current PostGIS 1.5.3 should be reasonable 
ready for ArcView. We, and even more some of our customers, open PostGIS 
produced Shapefiles with ESRI product regularly.


On 07/21/2011 09:23 AM, Ben Madin wrote:
> G'dat all,
> We have a client (potential client) who wants some mapping done and the maps returned in shapefile format. In the contract they insist on specifying that the shapefiles are compatible with "ESRI's ArcView version 9" (their words, not mine).
> I don't have "ESRI's ArcView version 9", and don't intend on spending that sort of money (more than the contract is worth). However, I'm sure that if what we send back doesn't open in "ESRI's ArcView version 9" it will become our problem.
> Does anyone have any reason to suspect that a shapefile created using valid OGC geometry in PostGIS and exported using pgsql2shp would not or might not work on "ESRI's ArcView version 9"?
> Are there any issues that someone who is across platforms can help me with?
> (I routinely use shapefiles created using valid OGC geometry in PostGIS and exported using pgsql2shp in QGIS and MapServer and send them to other people, so I have no reason to be concerned except that the client insists on this line remaining the contract!)
> cheers
> Ben
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