Bug report #15798

Shapefile layer not editable after clearing Query Builder

Added by Steve Lowman over 7 years ago. Updated about 5 years ago.

Affected QGIS version:2.14.8 Regression?:No
Operating System:W10 Easy fix?:No
Pull Request or Patch supplied:No Resolution:end of life
Crashes QGIS or corrupts data:No Copied to github as #:23718


In a shapefile layer, I apply a Query Builder expression. Later, I clear the Query Builder, so I can make an edit. However, the 'Toggle Editing' button is still greyed out, and the Layer Source has the full path but with ".shp|layerid=0" at the end of it. I can work around this by saving, closing, and re-opening my .qgs file. Then, the layer is back to normal and I can edit it.


#1 Updated by Steve Lowman over 7 years ago

Should have said, "..., so I can make an edit to a filtered-out feature."

#2 Updated by Steve Lowman over 7 years ago

I notice that if I change the filtered attribute value in the Query Builder, then I can edit the features thus made visible.

#3 Updated by Steve Lowman over 7 years ago

I tried changing the filter expression to <field> LIKE '%' as an alternative to clearing the Query Builder, and that was a good work around. However, then I cleared it, and the layer was still editable. Therefore, I cannot reliably reproduce the issue, because I do not know what exactly triggers it. However, my colleague has also experienced the issue.

#4 Updated by Steve Lowman over 7 years ago

The following may be consistent and repeatable.
Apply a query builder expression to a shapefile layer.
Save and close the file.
Re-open the file. (The layer cannot be edited)
Clear the query. (The layer still cannot be edited)

#5 Updated by Giovanni Manghi almost 7 years ago

  • Regression? set to No
  • Easy fix? set to No

#6 Updated by Jürgen Fischer over 6 years ago

  • Category set to Unknown

#7 Updated by Jakob Lanstorp over 6 years ago

I can confirm this problem still exists in QGIS 2.18.15. For now one way to fix the problem is using the changeDatasource plugin - where the '|layerid=0' text can be removed from shapefile layer source - enabling editing of the layer again.

#8 Updated by Giovanni Manghi about 5 years ago

  • Resolution set to end of life
  • Status changed from Open to Closed

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