[Qgis-psc] Re: [Qgis-developer] dxf2Shp plugin

Gary Sherman sherman at mrcc.com
Fri Mar 28 13:41:02 EDT 2008

On Mar 28, 2008, at 8:50 AM, Marco Hugentobler wrote:
> Dear QGIS devels,
> Paolo sent me a plugin that converts dxf files to shape. In my  
> opinion, this
> is quite an important functionality and also a nice plugin. Many  
> thanks,
> Paolo!
> At the moment, there is feature freeze for 0.9.2. I plan to add the  
> plugin to
> svn when the freeze is over. In the meantime, if someone likes to  
> test the
> plugin, the sources of the plugin are available on
> http://karlinapp.ethz.ch/dxf2shp_converter.tgz
We need to have a discussion about adding Python plugins to the core  
of QGIS. So far there are two: plugin_installer and mapserver export.  
The installer is critical to allowing users to add plugins. The  
mapserver export was converted from a previous tool.

In general, I'm not in favor of adding python plugins to core and here  
is why. They are generally developed by individuals not on the  
development team. When a plugin gets added to core, we have to support  
it. Already there have been support requests for third-party plugins.  
I prefer to keep core plugins to a minimum and expand the plugin  
repository concept as has been discussed on the mailing lists.

Please let me know your position. I'm afraid if we end up with a bunch  
of core plugins that none of us are familiar with it just adds to the  
support burden and takes away resoures from our core mission.

We can discuss this publically on qgis-developer if you wish.


> Regards and happy weekend,
> Marco
> -- 
> Dr. Marco Hugentobler
> Institute of Cartography
> ETH Zurich
> Technical Advisor QGIS Project Steering Committee
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Gary Sherman
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