[gdal-dev] Spatialite oddness

Even Rouault even.rouault at mines-paris.org
Sat Sep 19 18:27:01 EDT 2009

Selon Jukka Rahkonen <jukka.rahkonen at mmmtike.fi>:


yes, I can also reproduce the issue, but the solution is quite easy. You'll have
to convince Frank to update FWTools' sqlite3.dll to a newer one as it appears
that the sqlite lib used by spatialite-gui outputs the SQLITE db in a newer
format that an ancient sqlite3.dll can't read. I've managed to make it work by
just dropping the DLL from http://www.sqlite.org/sqlitedll-3_6_18.zip into

(But note, that you won't be able to use the spatial extensions from spatialite
from FWTools. GDAL/OGR needs to be compiled and linked against libspatialite for

Best regards,


> Hi,
> I made some trials with Spatialite and faced some problems.
> My environment:
> Windows Vista Business
> Spatialite-GUI v.1.2.1 with Spatialite 2.3.1 inside
> GDAL 1.7.0dev, FWTools 2.4.2, released 2009/06/24
> Oddness is that ogr does not recognise Spatialite database that is
> created with Spatialite-GUI. Or it does, initially after the
> database is created but still without data:
> C:\data\Vmap0>ogrinfo bordersdb.sqlite
> INFO: Open of `bordersdb.sqlite'
>       using driver `SQLite' successful.
> However, once I have inported a shapefile into this database
> with Spatialite-GUI Load shapefile tool it is no more recognised:
> C:\data\Vmap0>ogrinfo bordersdb.sqlite
> ERROR 1: Unable to fetch list of tables: unsupported file format
> ERROR 1: Unable to fetch list of tables: unsupported file format
> Unable to open datasource `bordersdb.sqlite' with the following drivers.
> QGis version 1.3.0 build 11628 open this same Spatialite db without
> problems.
> I tried also to create a Spatialite database with ogr2ogr from the same
> shapefile as:
> C:\data\Vmap0>ogr2ogr -f SQLite sqlite4.sqlite borders.shp
>  -dsco spatialite=yes
> This database is opened by all three: ogr, Spatialite-GUI and QGis.
> Is the Spatialite driver that comes with FWtools 2.4.2 outdated
> or what is going on?
> By the way, there is quite a difference in file sizes if the same
> shapefile is imported either by Spatialite-GUI or ogr2ogr:
> 15.09.2009  20:08           642Â 048 Spatialite-GUI_borders.sqlite
> 15.09.2009  20:15            55Â 296 FWTools_borders.sqlite
> -Jukka Rahkonen-
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