Bug report #15903

Creating _packed shapefiles and fails to save edits correctly

Added by Matthew Yandell-Thomas over 7 years ago. Updated about 5 years ago.

Affected QGIS version:2.14.8 Regression?:No
Operating System:Windows Easy fix?:No
Pull Request or Patch supplied:No Resolution:end of life
Crashes QGIS or corrupts data:No Copied to github as #:23820


Hi, we've discovered another problem when dealing with vectors, specifically shapefiles. QGIS is failing to repack shapefiles on saving and creating _packed file with some missing polygons.

The shapefiles were generated via ecognition. Those source shapefiles were opened in Arc10 SP5 and the 'Clean Polygon Layer' tool within ET Geowizards was performed.

We've had no issues previously working with datasets that had been created in this manner.

Users are editing the attributes of the polygons in the datasets and performing splits. On saving, we experience this repack problem and some split features are removed from the dataset. The error message reported is:

Layer <LAYERNAME>: OGR[3] error 1: REPACK of layer '<LAYERNAME>' failed.

I can send you the corrupted shapefiles if you require them. The zip file is 100 MB, I can upload it and share it via our cloud storage. However I would require your email address.

This data belongs to our client, so I would appreciate it if this could be shared to as few people as possible and can it be deleted as soon as you're done with it.

corrupt_shp.zip (44.1 KB) Kai Borgolte, 2017-10-13 10:10 AM


#1 Updated by Even Rouault over 7 years ago

Those issues should normally go away once QGIS 2.14 ship with GDAL 2.1.2. I guess your current GDAL version is 2.1.1 ?

#2 Updated by Giovanni Manghi about 7 years ago

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

#3 Updated by Kai Borgolte over 6 years ago

I just encountered the attached corrupted shapefile. A co-worker edited the file yesterday and didn't notice any errors, but he left work in hurry. Today he found the shapefile without geometries. After renaming the "-packed" files everything seems OK. QGIS 2.18.12.

#4 Updated by Giovanni Manghi about 5 years ago

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

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