[GRASS-user] v.dissolve doesn't create singlepart features

Markus Metz markus.metz.giswork at googlemail.com
Wed Jan 19 06:40:19 EST 2011

On Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 1:00 PM, -C.R- <hartreim at gmx.net> wrote:
> Hello Grass-Users and -Experts,
> I'm trying to realize ArcGIS processes in GRASS.  In this context I tried to
> dissolve the boundaries of adjacent areas of the same category (type of
> column is 'character') to afterwards calculate their size. While doing this
> I met the following problem.
> Because of the fact that v.dissolve uses v.reclass the dissolving procedure
> creates only multipart features (according to the classes created by the
> category-based reclassification). What I need are single area features of
> the same category (without matched together to a few classes). This way I
> would be able to address every individual dissolved area and calculate its
> size.

If I understand you correctly, there are several spatially separated
areas in the result of v.dissolve that share the same category, but
each area should have a unique category because what is needed is the
size of each area and not the combined size of all areas of category

In this case, you can either remove all categories from all centroids
with v.category option=del cat=-1 layer=1 and then add new categories
with v.category option=add cat=1 step=1 layer=1. Or you keep the
categories in layer 1 and add unique categories in layer 2 with
v.category option=add cat=1 step=1 layer=2, in which case you will
also need to specify layer=2 for v.to.db to upload area size.


Markus M

> The spatial dissolving on its own works well and generates the expected
> number of areas respectively centroids. But the simultaneously created table
> only shows a few records/classes (cats with the dissolve-column as
> attribute).
> I tried already to drop the table, delete the vector-db connection and
> recategorize the dissolved map, but I didn't succeed this way.
> I hope anybody can help me.
> Thanks,
> Christoph
> P.S: I'm working with GRASS 6.4.0svn, db-driver: PostgreSQL on Linux
> P.P.S: Sorry for possibly receiving this message again and again, but I had
> problems with subscribing.
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