Bug report #16415

QGIS widget fields values are not loaded with layer definition files

Added by Pablo Fernández Moniz over 6 years ago. Updated over 4 years ago.

Affected QGIS version:2.18.4 Regression?:No
Operating System: Easy fix?:No
Pull Request or Patch supplied:No Resolution:end of life
Crashes QGIS or corrupts data:No Copied to github as #:24324


Summary of the issue: When creating a layer definition file that uses QGIS widget for representing fields, if the layer is loaded, the widget for representing fields is missed.
QGIS version: 2.14-Essen and 2.16.2 for OSX 10.10.5 64 bits. 2.14-Essen for Windows 7 32 bits.

Steps to reproduce:

Add a new shapefile layer with two fields, for example the default id field and a text field called test_field.

Open the layer properties and change the Edit widget for the test_field row. You can set it for example to Date/Time. Save the modifications.

Generate the layer definition file using the option “Save As Layer Definition File” from the menu layer.

If you open the recently created layer definition file, you can check that there is a section with the widget type:

<edittype widgetv2type="DateTime" name="test_field">
<widgetv2config fieldEditable="1" calendar_popup="0" allow_null="0" display_format="yyyy-MM-dd" field_format="yyyy-MM-dd" labelOnTop="0"/>

If you open a new project and add layer using the generated definition file (Layer/Add from Layer Definition File), the layer is added but all widgets used for the fields are the default text widget.

We provided the layer definition file generated for this example.

QGIS version: 2.14-Essen and 2.16.2 for OSX 10.10.5 64 bits. 2.14-Essen for Windows 7 32 bits.


#1 Updated by Giovanni Manghi over 6 years ago

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

#2 Updated by Jürgen Fischer about 6 years ago

  • Category set to Unknown

#3 Updated by Giovanni Manghi over 4 years ago

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

End of life notice: QGIS 2.18 LTR


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