Bug report #5900
QGIS 1.8.0 windows standalone ships with GDAL version that causes new attribute data loss in Shapefiles
|Affected QGIS version:||master||Regression?:||No|
|Operating System:||Easy fix?:||No|
|Pull Request or Patch supplied:||No||Resolution:||upstream|
|Crashes QGIS or corrupts data:||Yes||Copied to github as #:||15349|
Steps to reproduce issue on Windows:
1) Create a new Shapefile with a text attribute;
2) In "Save As" dialog leave encoding as-is = "system";
3) Add a vector feature with text attribute value "āšņļ";
4) Stop editing and save edits.
1) In layer properties, General tab under "provider specific options" encoding is set to "UTF-8" => WRONG! On my system "system" encoding equals "windows-1257";
2) In attribute table text has turned into "????" and thus content has been lost. Reopening dataset with "system" encoding doesn't help a lot.
Creating dataset with "UTF-8" encoding doesn't fix problem. (Read: encoding "system" is not the issue)
As all mentioned bug reports are closed as "fixed" or "use specific Linux installator" or "downgrade GDAL" all of which doesn't apply to Standalone installer, this is Windows packaging bug that can cause data corruption or loss and thus currently renders QGIS on Windows to be unusable for any non-latin language using user. I hope, that it will be fixed soon, as currently the last fully operational QGIS version on Windows is 1.6.0!
Probably also related to OSGeo4W #294
#3 Updated by Jürgen Fischer over 9 years ago
marisn - wrote:
Alexander Bruy wrote:
This is not packaging bug
Shipping QGIS package with known broken GDAL/OGR library that causes data loss is not a packaging bug?!? Then what it is?!? Sabotage?
The packaging would have a bug, if it would introduce new bugs, that the packaged software doesn't have. As the standalone installer is based on OSGeo4W and the bug is there too (OSGeo4W #294), this strictly isn't a packaging bug.
#4 Updated by Minoru Akagi over 9 years ago
There will be a bug that LDID value of new Shapefile is set to 0x57(ANSI) regardless of selected encoding.
At present, you will be able to re-choose codepage in "provider specific options" if you set LDID of dbf file to "0" before you start editting new Shapefile. DBF file resaved with OpenOffice.org Calc has "0" in LDID field.