Bug report #6131

New layer creation file browser doesn't resolve aliases in MacOS

Added by Alexandre Leroux over 10 years ago. Updated almost 7 years ago.

Affected QGIS version:master Regression?:No
Operating System:MacOS X Easy fix?:No
Pull Request or Patch supplied:No Resolution:
Crashes QGIS or corrupts data:No Copied to github as #:15465


In QGIS 1.8.0-2 for MacOS X from KyngChaos, aliases don't get resolved in the layer creation file browser when creating new layers. If the alias is a directory, it is treated as a file instead of a directory.

Steps to reproduce:
(A) Menu Layer => New => New shapefile browser...
(B) then try to browse through an existing alias, you can't, it's considered as a file instead of an alias.

This bug doesn't occur when opening or saving a QGIS Project. It doesn't happen either when adding an existing layers to a Project.

Thanks - Alex

new-shapefile_symlink.png (17.5 KB) Larry Shaffer, 2012-08-01 12:41 PM


#1 Updated by Larry Shaffer over 10 years ago


The New Shapefile Layer... action uses a subclassed QFileDialog, and shows a Qt, instead of Mac OS X native, save file dialog. This means Mac alias files will not be resolved. However, symbolic links will be and can be used instead of aliases. Check 'man ln' in Terminal.app for more info (e.g., ln -s src_file_or_dir symlink).

Note: while symlinks will be followed in that dialog, the symlink will also be part of the path saved in the QGIS project file (not the original, resolved path). So, you will have to maintain the symlink and not move it, or your paths to data source will break.

The Open Project... dialog is a native OS X dialog, so it has no issues with Mac alias files.

There are currently inconsistencies with dialogs of this nature in 1.8.0 and will not be fixed until next full version. You can use the workaround provided in the meantime, but please keep this issue open so that it can be referenced in the upcoming GUI changes. Thanks.

#2 Updated by Paolo Cavallini about 10 years ago

  • Target version set to Version 2.0.0

#3 Updated by Jürgen Fischer over 8 years ago

  • Target version changed from Version 2.0.0 to Future Release - Lower Priority

#4 Updated by Médéric RIBREUX almost 7 years ago

  • Status changed from Open to Feedback

Hello, bug triage...

do you still have this bug with the latest QGIS version (2.12.1) ?

#5 Updated by Alexandre Leroux almost 7 years ago

  • % Done changed from 0 to 100
  • Status changed from Feedback to Closed

Bonjour Médéric,

I'm closing the ticket. I confirm aliases are now properly handled with latest QGIS. Thanks -- Alex / Satri

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