[gdal-dev] How to use gdal_vrtmerge.py ?

Myeong Hun Jeong mhjeong74 at gmail.com
Tue Sep 2 03:04:57 EDT 2008

Dear lists.
I want Tiled Map Service with openlayers.
There are 30 GigaBytes datasets(136 tif files from aerial photos).
For the first time, I use gdal_merge.py in order to make a single merged
Next, I use gdal2tiles.py to generate tiled map images with openlayers.
However, it doesn't seem reasonnable to generate a single merged file.
Thus, I started using  gdal_vrtmerge.py.
In my case, I downloaded FWTools226.exe and installed it in window xp.
but, I can't find gdal_vrtmerge.py file. so I downloaded it from
the Internet.
when I run gdal_vrtmerge.py, I encounter an error.
The error message is that

  Traceback (most recent call last):
    File "gdal_vrtmerge.py", line 27, in ?
      from osgeo import gdal
    ImportError: No module named osgeo

So, I chaned  gdal_vrtmerge.py :from osgeo import gdal =>  import gdal
After changing it, It runs well.
For example, python gdal_vrtmerge.py -o C:\raster\tmp.vrt  -separate
--optfile C:\raster\tilelist.txt
Next, I run gdal2tiles.py with tmp.vrt.
For instance, python gdal2tiles.py -title "test" -publishurl
http://myserver/geo/osmap/ -nogooglemaps -nokml -v C:\raster\tmp.vrt

After running gdal2tiles.py, I can get tiled images.
But the problem is that when I look the images, the color of images are
changed from color to black and white.
Why didn't tiled images preserve their orginal color?
How to use gdal_vrtmerge.py?
If I use gdal_vrtmerge.py without -separate parameter,
e.g.  python gdal_vrtmerge.py -o C:\raster\tmp.vrt  -separate --optfile
an error take place :
         C:\GEOFOSS\FWTools2.2.6\bin>python gdal_vrtmerge.py -o
C:\raster\tmp.vrt  --optfile C:\raster\tilelist.txt
          Traceback (most recent call last):
            File "gdal_vrtmerge.py", line 293, in ?
            t_fh.write('\t\t<NoDataValue>%f</NoDataValue>\n' %
           TypeError: float argument required

Best regards,
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