Bug report #22010
Raster calculator, abs() not working
|Affected QGIS version:||3.6.1||Regression?:||Yes|
|Operating System:||Easy fix?:||No|
|Pull Request or Patch supplied:||No||Resolution:|
|Crashes QGIS or corrupts data:||No||Copied to github as #:||29824|
abs() function in the QGIS 3.6.1 Raster Calculator does not work. When the absolute value is taken using the Raster -> Raster Calculator function it will return the original (negative) values without a warning. As an example a GeoTiff (
neg2.tif) is attached with the result from the Raster Calculator (
abs2.tif). Behaviour was observed on both Microsoft Windows and Linux machines.
I am unsure if the function worked properly in previous versions of QGIS. Although we have not noticed the problem before upgrading to QGIS 3, reanalysis of earlier results shows that the bug might have been present before.
From issue #21405 I understood that the OpenCL acceleration may produce erroneous results in the raster calculator. OpenCL was disabled on at least some of the machines this was tested on.
The Raster Calculator provided by GDAL provides the correct results.
gdal_calc.py --calc "abs(A)" --format GTiff --type Float32 -A /tmp/abs2.tif --A_band 1 --outfile /tmp/abs2_gdal.tif
Use GDAL Raster Calculator or
sqrt("[email protected]"^2) in the QGIS Raster Calculator.
#2 Updated by Adriaan van Natijne over 3 years ago
Alessandro Pasotti wrote:
That said, it is important for us to know if the issue was found with that option on or off because the code paths are different.
On my machine OpenCL was switched off (and can't be enabled due to missing drivers).
I have since installed QGIS 3.6.2, which did not solve the issue.
#3 Updated by Adriaan van Natijne over 3 years ago
This issue is also confirmed in QGIS 3.4.4 on Windows.
Diving into the source, the issue is probably more general in nature. As far as I could reconstruct the syntax checking is done in source:src/analysis/raster/qgsrastercalcparser.yy. Here any function is accepted, therefore the use of
spaghetti() are all considered valid by the raster calculator - although none of them is implemented. I believe the actual calculations are done in consecutive calls to source:src/analysis/raster/qgsrastercalcnode.cpp#L53. For unknown operations this function will return
false. As the ouput of the
calculate() function is checked before writing (either source:src/analysis/raster/qgsrastercalculator.cpp#L233 or source:src/analysis/raster/qgsrastercalculator.cpp#L306) I am unsure on why/how the original data is written to the output. Possibly due to the fact that
("[email protected]") is a valid statement in itself, that copies the input to the output matrix (source:src/analysis/raster/qgsrastercalcnode.cpp#L189?) before trying to apply the non-existent