Bug report #11131

GPX plugin always saves absolute path

Added by ramon . over 9 years ago. Updated over 9 years ago.

Category:C++ plugins/GPS plugin
Affected QGIS version:master Regression?:No
Operating System: Easy fix?:No
Pull Request or Patch supplied:No Resolution:
Crashes QGIS or corrupts data:No Copied to github as #:19460


A project with a GPX file that I opened with the GPS plugin will save that layer with an absolute path, even if the project setting is set to relative.

Tested 2.4 on ubuntugis, mac and win7-standalone and master on OSGeo4W.

This is a regression on 2.2, and because opening the GPX file with a core plugin over-rides the project settings it also causes QGIS not to work in an expected manner - which is why I'm setting as a blocker.

The attached zip file has:
  1. a sample shp file, which is always saved with a relative path.
  2. an identical gpx file that is saved with a relative path in QGIS 2.0 and 2.2, but is saved with an absolute path in QGIS 2.4 and master.
  3. Project files made with QGIS 2.0, 2.2, 2,4 and master.

GPXnotRelative.zip - Example data (11 KB) ramon ., 2014-09-03 04:32 AM

Associated revisions

Revision e1ff0edf
Added by Jürgen Fischer over 9 years ago

support relative paths for gpx datasources (fixes #11131)


#1 Updated by Giovanni Manghi over 9 years ago

  • OS version deleted (2.4, master)
  • Operating System deleted (all)
  • Priority changed from Severe/Regression to High

Confirmed on the latest master, anyway this is one of the cases I have doubts tagging the issue as blocker (even if it is a regression). In this case because there is no need (not anymore) to use the GPS plugin to load gpx files, just add then using the normal "add vector layer" dialog or by drag and drop.

#2 Updated by Jürgen Fischer over 9 years ago

  • Status changed from Open to Closed

#3 Updated by ramon . over 9 years ago

Jürgen, thanks for fixing this.

Giovanni, one of the main reasons that I don't use the "normal" dialoge is that the plugin adds the layers with a much more useful name. Once you've got a project with a few gpx bits in, either you
  1. loose track of which of the identically namef layer is part of which gpx file (annoying), or
  2. you need to rename them all (painful and time consuming), or
  3. use the plugin (which solves the last two problems).

Another reason is that the plugin allows editing of the gpx file, while often using the ogr approach doesn't.

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