[gdal-dev] OGR shapefile to MapInfo

nicholas.g.lawrence at mainroads.qld.gov.au nicholas.g.lawrence at mainroads.qld.gov.au
Sun Dec 7 17:11:45 EST 2008

> > GDAL list,
> >
> > I have a shapefile "C:\DATA\asris_shp\QLD_COMBINEDSOILS_lyr.shp"
> > that I want to convert into a mapinfo file
> > "C:\DATA\asris_mi\QLD_COMBINEDSOILS_lyr.TAB"
> >
> > The command I used was;
> >
> > ogr2ogr -f "MapInfo File" C:\DATA\asris_mi\QLD_COMBINEDSOILS_lyr.TAB
> > C:\DATA\asris_shp\QLD_COMBINEDSOILS_lyr.shp
> >
> > The resulting error is;
> >
> > ERROR 1: IMapInfoFile::CreateField() called with unsupported field type
> > Note that MapInfo files don't support list field types.
> >
> > I don't know what has gone wrong.
> >
> > All the fields in the shapefile are text and numeric (double)
> >
> > Regards,
> > nick

> Nicolas,

> Despite the hint provided in the error message, field type
> 9 is actually OFTDate.  So the problem is that your shapefile
> has a date field, but the mapinfo code does not know how to
> create this field type.

> I am under the impression this has actually been fixed
> very recently.  So if you are using a version other than
> GDAL/OGR 1.6.0 (beta or RC) then consider upgrading.

> If that still does not help, consider using the facilities
> provided by RFC 21 to use SQL to cast the field to
> a string (also only in GDAL 1.6 I believe).

> http://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/rfc21_ogrsqlcast

> Best regards, Frank


I downloaded FWTools only a few days ago. I thought
that it would have the latest OGR.


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