[GRASS-dev] QGIS/GRASS failure of v.in.ogr

Markus Neteler neteler at fbk.eu
Tue Oct 23 08:10:40 EDT 2007


I got the following mail today about QGIS 0.9.0 (I assume the
preview version) on Windows:

On Tue, Oct 23, 2007 at 01:16:44PM +0200, El. wrote:
>    I have a quick question for you, I have installed QGIS 0.9.0 Ganymede on a
>    Vista computer (from a colleague) and contrarily to what I have
>    experienced on my PC (no problems whatsoever), we seem to have a problem
>    when we want to create dbf files.
>    eg using v.in.ogr or v.in.db
>    Each time we get the following error message:
>    v.in.ogr dsn=C:\training\exercise3\rivers.shp output=gr_rivers -o
>    Over-riding projection check
>    Layer: rivers
>    Invalid argument: can't _spawnl
>    Cannot open driver 'dbf'
>    Cannot open database C:/EpiGIS/grassworkingdir/Kenyadata/Els/dbf/ by
>    driver dbf
>    Finished with error
>    And we are not able to solve it. I have tried using the mingw shell but to
>    no avail. I have also copied my directory structure, which works fine on
>    my pc to hers but also no solution. We have created the dbf dir by hand
>    but also no solution....

This is probably related to the fact that winQGIS 0.9 preview AFAIK contains
a GRASS 6.2 copy. Could this be fixed later on (hence, we want 6.3.0 to be


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