[postgis-users] forced conversion of linestring to mulitlinestringwhen using shp2pgsql utility ?

Obe, Regina robe.dnd at cityofboston.gov
Mon Jan 26 06:04:22 PST 2009

If all your linestrings are actually linestrings, then you can use the

-S option

The -S will force into single mode and if it can't, then it will throw
an error.

If you actually have multilinestrings, then what I do is bring it into a
temp table as linestrings and use ST_Dump


Hope that helps,

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Subject: [postgis-users] forced conversion of linestring to
mulitlinestringwhen using shp2pgsql utility ?


I have a shape file of linestrings that I want to load into postgis as
My problem is whenever i use the shp2pgsql utility,  the utility
converts all the linestrings
to multilinestrings. My purpose of loading the shape files is to do
geometry operations on them
eg line interpolation. This operation can only be done on linestring not

Is there a way shp2pgsql can load linestrings to postgis as linestrings
? or is there another tool that
can do that for me ?




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