[FWTools] matt's gdal_extras

Matt Wilkie matt.wilkie at gov.yk.ca
Thu Jan 10 19:52:47 EST 2008

Frank is pretty good at following the release early, release often creed 
of open source development. It’s not uncommon to get more than one 
FWTools release a month. Go Frank!

However this proficiency adds work which this end user would just as 
soon avoid. So being a lazy guy, I spent a number of hours writing some 
scripts to save me 15 minutes everytime there is a new release. ;-) The 
result is gdal_extras which is now available from 

Basic use guide:

    1. unpack gdal_extras somewhere
    2. Install latest version of FWTools
    3. Open FWTools Shell and run 

And that’s it.

Other than the ease of adding these improvements to new installs, the 
utility I like the best is *gdal-help*, because I’m forever forgetting 
how to spell the commands.

Optionally, create an NTFS Junction of c:\local\fwtools to c:\program 
files\fwtools2.0.4 so you can work with a path without spaces and still 
accept the defaults when installing.

The following components were written by others. There may be 
newer/better versions than what I have here.

     fusion.py          - Mario Beauchamp
     gdalcopyproj.py    - Schuyler Erle
     gdal_vrtmerge.py   - Gabriel Ebner

     gdal_SDE_9x.dll    - Howard Butler


matt wilkie
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