[Qgis-developer] ESRI FileGDB support on Mac OS X using Homebrew

William Kyngesburye woklist at kyngchaos.com
Mon Nov 19 16:53:30 PST 2012

On Nov 19, 2012, at 11:43 AM, John C. Tull wrote:

> If you manage it, please report back. My workaround is clunky, but it works for me.  A usable, more elegant approach would be nice to have. If the simple method works for you or others, then I probably have something else wrong with my system that I would need to sort out.
If it's just a question of FGDB support for GDAL (and QGIS), I've been sitting on a FGDB plugin for my GDAL framework.  2 problems have been holding me back: the license is unclear if the DLLs can be distributed with open source software (or any software at all), and even if that was allowed, all Esri software has an export limitation that I am not capable of enforcing in my downloads.

The only option I can think of is to have users download and install the FGDB API themselves and my plugin will use that (I did that long ago with the OCI plugin).  I could craft my installer to make that painless.  Other open source software does a similar thing with incompatible licenses.

William Kyngesburye <kyngchaos*at*kyngchaos*dot*com>

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