[gdal-dev] 2.2.0beta1 regression NULL values

Even Rouault even.rouault at spatialys.com
Fri Apr 21 01:54:26 PDT 2017

Hi Roger,

> See https://github.com/edzer/sfr/issues/309 - < 2.2.0 we could write
> "missing values" in vector drivers and read them back. In 2.2.0beta1, we
> see REAL "missing values" written out OK, but read back as numeric zero.

Did you check the output with ogrinfo/GDAL 2.2 to verify that they are indeed properly 
written as missing ?

> We've only checked shapefiles and GPKG so far.
> Is this RFC 67?

Most likely

> Until now, rgdal code (and likely sf) has used:
>        case OFTReal:
>  	if (poFeature->IsFieldSet(iField))
>            REAL(ans)[iRow]=poFeature->GetFieldAsDouble(iField);
>  	else REAL(ans)[iRow]=NA_REAL;
>  	break;
> and the same for other field and list field types. Should we be using:
> int    CPL_DLL OGR_F_IsFieldSetAndNotNull( OGRFeatureH, int );


> and should we be writing:
> void   CPL_DLL OGR_F_SetFieldNull( OGRFeatureH, int );
> instead of leaving the field unset with for example:
>               if (!ISNA(NUMERIC_POINTER(VECTOR_ELT(ldata, j))[i]))
>                   poFeature->SetField( CHAR(STRING_ELT(fld_names, j)),
>                       NUMERIC_POINTER(VECTOR_ELT(ldata, j))[i] );
> that is jumping over features for which the field value coming from R is
> missing?

Leaving the field unset or setting it to Null with OGR_F_SetFieldNull() will have the same 
effect for most drivers. For example the shapefile driver uses IsFieldSetAndNotNull() 
internally on the write side, so both should result in the same result. The difference between 
unset and setting to null will only be seen for JSon-based drivers or GML.

> We'd need to condition on GDAL version here (too), I guess.
> Was this regression intended?

There are indeed a few backward incompatible changes (that you've mentionned above) per 
https://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/rfc67_nullfieldvalues that require user code changes.

Besides those intended changes, it is not impossible of course there's a real regression in 
GDAL itself, but ideally you should try to isolate it from the Rgdal code, possibly through a 
standalone C code or a GDAL Python script, so it can be more easily investigated 
(unfortunately, I couldn't really make sense of the ticket you mentionned due to my 
unfamiliarity with rgdal or sf). I'd also start by making sure where the issue is really: on the 
read side, or the write side. For example by producing a shapefile/GPKG with rgdal/GDAL 
2.1.3 and reading it with rgdal/GDAL 2.2, and the reverse.

Best regards,


Spatialys - Geospatial professional services
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