[GRASS-user] Label placement mechanism in GRASS?

Nikos Alexandris nikos.alexandris at felis.uni-freiburg.de
Wed Jun 18 18:44:24 EDT 2008

On Thu, 2008-06-19 at 01:40 +0300, Wolf Bergenheim wrote:
> On 19.06.2008 00:40, Nikos Alexandris wrote:
> > As far as I understand, there is no mechanism for optimal label
> > placement when labels overlay partially to each other.
> There is an experimental module v.label.sa, available in the svn. It is 
> ready but I'm still waiting on word for patches to ps.map and d.label 
> from Hamish. v.label.sa uses a simulated annealing method of finding an 
> optimal label placement.
> It supports point and line features. I'm working on adding support for areas
> It is not built by default, but if you want to give it a try I'll gladly 
> help more.
> --Wolf

Thank you Markus and Wolf. I did not think to search in
grass-source/vector directory. It also makes sense now why it's not
compiled by default.

I am fighting to get something on the screen. I have the impression that
it works but I can't find the proper size (in metres)?

Would this be considered as an extra feature? Estimating a default size?

Excuse my ignorance if this is something extremely difficult or


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