Opened 7 years ago

Closed 7 years ago

#5917 closed enhancement (fixed)

OGR option to force named driver only on read

Reported by: maphew Owned by: warmerdam
Priority: normal Milestone:
Component: OGR_SF Version: unspecified
Severity: normal Keywords: ogr, ogr2ogr


It would be useful to have OGR use only the named drivers when attempting to read in input source. Basically the inverse of OGR_SKIP.

The scenario where I want this right now: I'm troubleshooting why some files I have are not recognized or converted by ogr2ogr. Using OGR_SKIP environment variable to leave only 1 or 2 drivers enabled requires a command line string approaching 600 characters, and is easy to write incorrectly (quoted spaces etc.)

In an experiment using python ogr.GetDriverByName(in_format) it comes to light that at least in one case the instruction is overridden by something else. When in_format is CSV and infile is 'thing.txt' it fails, while infile of 'thing.csv' succeeds. See

In this we also learned that as of gdal 1.8 CSV:thing.txt forces using the CSV driver. So somebody encountered the need often enough to program a workaround in the driver itself. This ticket is suggesting this logic be promoted out of single-case use and made available everywhere.

As to syntax, either ARCGEN:thing.asc or -in_format ARCGEN both look good to me. Though the latter might be useful for saying "try these drivers in this order".

Change History (2)

comment:1 by Even Rouault, 7 years ago

It is possible to restrict the set of allowed drivers in trunk (2.0dev) with GDALOpenEx() / gdal.OpenEx() : . As raster and vector drivers are unified, this works for both.

Regarding to the issue with CSV, this is a bit different. Only selecting the CSV driver will not make it accept any file. The CSV driver accepts .csv files only. Or you have to really insist with the CSV: syntax. Otherwise it could potentially accept any text file since there's no really distinctive header for a CSV file.

comment:2 by maphew, 7 years ago

Resolution: fixed
Status: newclosed

Ok, thanks for the info Even. Sounds like this could be closed then. :)

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