[postgis-users] Strange behaviour from ST_MakeValid when holes escape polygon outer ring

Craig de Stigter craig.destigter at koordinates.com
Tue Oct 11 13:24:14 PDT 2016

Hi folks

We've been using an internal geometry-fixing function for a long time, and
I'm looking into replacing it with ST_MakeValid().

I've come across a strange edge-case where ST_MakeValid() appears to
incorrectly treat polygons as a set of linework, rather than a shell and a
set of holes.

This means that when you give it a shape with a hole that partially escapes
the exterior ring, instead of that part getting discarded it forms the
outer ring of a new polygon, thus creating a multipolygon.

I expected it to take the outer ring and ST_Difference() all the inner
rings from the outer ring.

Here's some screenshots to demonstrate:


Would anyone who knows a bit more about ST_MakeValid() be able to comment
on this? (If I dug into the source and was able to submit a patch to fix
this, would it be likely to be accepted?)



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