Opened 12 years ago

Closed 12 years ago

Last modified 12 years ago

#1673 closed defect (fixed)

OGR_G_CloseRings side-effect on OGR_G_GetGeometryType

Reported by: jbronn Owned by: Mateusz Łoskot
Priority: low Milestone: 1.4.2
Component: OGR_SF Version: 1.4.1
Severity: normal Keywords: geometry
Cc: jbronn@…, warmerdam


After closing the rings on a Polygon, when attempting to get the geometry type of one of the closed rings, OGR returns a nonsense number. Exporting the closed-ring Polygon to WKT fixes this scenario, and the closed ring will subsequently return the correct geometry type.

Here is a Python script that demonstrates the problem:

import ogr

# Unclosed Polygon WKT
wkt = 'POLYGON((0 0, 5 0, 5 5, 0 5), (1 1, 2 1, 2 2, 2 1))'

if __name__=='__main__':

    # Creating the polygon from the WKT
    poly = ogr.CreateGeometryFromWkt(wkt)

    # Getting the exterior ring before we close all rings
    ring_b = poly.GetGeometryRef(0)
    print 'Ring Geometry Type Before Closure: %d' % ring_b.GetGeometryType()

    # Closing the rings

    # Now getting the same ring again
    ring_a = poly.GetGeometryRef(0)
    print 'Ring Geometry Type After Closure: %d' % ring_a.GetGeometryType()

    # Exporting closed Polygon to  WKT "fixes" this.
    ring_wkt = str(poly)
    ring_a = poly.GetGeometryRef(0)
    print 'Ring Geometry Type Fixed: %d' % ring_a.GetGeometryType()

Here is the output from that script:

Ring Geometry Type Before Closure: 2
Ring Geometry Type After Closure: -2147483646
Ring Geometry Type Fixed: 2

Attachments (1)

close_rings_test.cpp (2.0 KB) - added by Mateusz Łoskot 12 years ago.
C++ program reproducing this bug

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Change History (6)

comment:1 Changed 12 years ago by jbronn

Cc: jbronn@… added

comment:2 Changed 12 years ago by warmerdam

Cc: warmerdam added
Component: defaultOGR_SF
Keywords: geometry added
Milestone: 1.4.2
Owner: changed from warmerdam to Mateusz Łoskot


Could you look into this?


Changed 12 years ago by Mateusz Łoskot

Attachment: close_rings_test.cpp added

C++ program reproducing this bug

comment:3 Changed 12 years ago by Mateusz Łoskot

Status: newassigned


  • In the closeRings() operation, if start point and end point differs, additional end point is added with the same coordinates of start point.
  • The addPoint() operation was passed with X,Y and Z coordinates without respect of current coordinate dimension.
  • Next, 2D ring was completed with end point of X,Y,Z coordinates what in turn caused re-qualification of coordinate dimension of the ring, from 2D to 2.5D.
  • In result, incorrect (different) geometry type of the ring was reported.


The OGRLinearRing::closeRings() has to be patched to respect current coordinate dimension, to avoid implicit changes.

comment:4 Changed 12 years ago by Mateusz Łoskot

Resolution: fixed
Status: assignedclosed

Fixed in SVN trunk (r11694).

comment:5 Changed 12 years ago by Mateusz Łoskot

Fix ported to branches/1.4 (r11695).

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