[FWTools] Problems with GML to Shapefile

Paul Wittle pwittle at pba.co.uk
Tue Jan 13 05:39:58 EST 2009

Hello Frank,

Yes the error you reference does seem to be the problem as I am
specifying an output shapefile and it is interpreting that as a dataset
(or folder) and therefore failing to write to it. 

Best Regards 

-----Original Message-----
From: Frank Warmerdam [mailto:warmerdam at pobox.com] 
Sent: 12 January 2009 15:33
To: Paul Wittle
Cc: fwtools at lists.maptools.org
Subject: Re: [FWTools] Problems with GML to Shapefile

Paul Wittle wrote:
> Thanks for getting back to me.
> Most of the errors are Error 1, can not create a dataset or can not 
> open a dataset. It is not running from within the shell I don't think 
> so I had to set the GDAL_DATA environment variable. Can I pass the 
> command to the FWTools shell with a batch file because at the moment 
> I'm using cmd.exe.
>> C:\FWTools2.2.8\bin\ogr2ogr.exe -f "ESRI Shapefile" 
>> "C:\Import\shape\1_CS.shp" "C:\Import\gml\1.gml" CS -a_srs EPSG:4277 
>> -update


I'm a bit vague on how to launch the FWTools shell with a batch file,
but you can call the same init stuff that FWTools shell does in a batch
file and your environment should be fine.

I just noticed that you are attempting to write to shapefiles in update
mode.  I wonder if you might be running into:


Error 1 is not very specific.  Are any messages issued with the error?

Best regards,
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