Problems with saving my QGIS-Project

by BeneGIS   Last Updated June 21, 2017 19:22 PM

It doesn't matter how I save my project (Qconsolidate-Plugin, Relocator-Plugin, QPackage-Plugin or manual), the output is always defective: The export always consists (as shown in the picture) of three layers per one original layer in my original project: One .shp-layer, one .shx-layer and one .dbf-layer.

Additionally the .qgj-file, the .prj-file and the .cpg-file of every layer are "no vaild data sources" referring to the defect report of QGIS.

The result is a wrong projection and a wrong symbology.

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How ist that possible?

Tags : qgis save


Answers 1


I'm not sure if maybe you're confused about how shapefiles write to disk.

A GIS single layer, when exported as a "shapefile", actually becomes a collection of files on disk, including one .shp file and usually also a .shx, a .dbf, a .prj, and a .cpg file.

Only the .shp will load in QGIS (and QGIS will automatically look for those other files). If you tried to open the .prj or .cpg directly QGIS, as you said, it will say they're not valid, because QGIS expects you to specify the .shp file.

Jeff G
Jeff G
June 13, 2016 11:37 AM

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