Compiling the gdal-grass plugin for GRASS 7

The idea of the GDAL-GRASS plugin is to directly access GRASS raster and vector data from outside. Any GDAL enabled software (QGIS, R, …) can read and write through the plugin from the GRASS database. The different steps are explained on the grass wiki. Mostly as a note to self, I am copying those steps below (for GRASS 7), with some small changes that made this work for me. Continue reading “Compiling the gdal-grass plugin for GRASS 7”


Using GDAL from within QGIS: trouble shooting

Some notes to self about steps I had to take to make GDAL work from within QGIS. Both where compiled from source and run without problems. However, there are still a few issues with running gdal from the QGIS processing toolbox. This may have to do with the fact that I installed both in a non-default location (in the /usr/local/ folder), but in any case, the steps below solved the problem for me. Continue reading “Using GDAL from within QGIS: trouble shooting”

Building QGIS on Ubuntu 13.04

Always one of those dreaded moments after updating Ubuntu, to 13.04 this time. Will QGIS compile properly. Not as it turned out, but the solutions were easy and quick, thanks to posts on and boringnerdystuff.

Ubuntu 13.04 defaults to Qt 5. You could solve this by changing back to Qt4, but as one pointed out in the comments on Nyall Dawson’s post, making system-wide changes to compile a single piece of software might be a bit of an overkill. Instead, what worked for me was to change in the configure options:

from: -DQMAKE_EXECUTABLE=/usr/bin/qmake
to:   -DQMAKE_EXECUTABLE=/usr/bin/qmake-qt4

You may also need to set -DQT_INCLUDE_DIR=/usr/include/qt4 as suggested in the above-mentioned comment. In my case it was already set, so I didn’t need to change it.

The next error was that was not found in /usr/lib. Following Nyal Dawson’s suggestion, I found it in /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/.

Creating a softlink did the trick: ln -sf /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ /usr/lib/ sudo ldconfig
sudo ldconfig

Update from Nyal Dawson: change the PYTHON_LIBRARY option:

from: /usr/lib/
to:   /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/

And now QGIS is up and running again :-), thanks to the above-mentioned two posts.