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pgsql2shp – postgis to shapefile dumper

pgsql2shp [options] database [schema.]table
pgsql2shp [options] database query


The pgsql2shp table dumper connects directly to the database and con‐
verts a table (possibly created by user query) into a shape file. It is
compatible with all versions of PostGIS.

Version: 1.1.5 (2006/10/06)

The is the name of the database to connect to.


is the (optionally schema-qualified) table to read spatial
data from. Alternatively, you can specify a QUERY whose result will be
written into the shapefile.


The commandline options are:

Write the output to a particular filename.

The database host to connect to.

-p The port to connect to on the database host.

-P The password to use when connecting to the database.

The username to use when connecting to the database.

In the case of tables with multiple geometry columns, the geome‐
try column to use when writing the shape file.

-b Use a binary cursor. When used on pre-1.0.0 PostGIS versions
this will reduce the likelihood of coordinate drift due to con‐
version to and from WKT format. Coordinate drifts will not occur
with PostGIS 1.0.0 and newer versions. It will be slightly
faster, but might fail if any NON-geometry column lacks a cast
to text.

-r Raw mode. Do not drop the gid field, or escape column names.

-d For backward compatibility: write a 3-dimensional shape file
when dumping from old (pre-1.0.0) postgis databases (the default
is to write a 2-dimensional shape file in that case). Starting
from postgis-1.0.0+, dimensions are fully encoded.

-k Keep identifiers case (don’t uppercase field names).

Specify a file containing a set of mappings of (long) column
names to 10 character DBF column names. The content of the file
is one or more lines of two names separated by white space and
no trailing or leading space:



-? Display version and usage information.

To compile the program from source, simply run “make” in the source
directory. Then copy the binary in your shell search path (or wherever
you like). This text is also available as a man page in the ../doc/man/
directory, ready for copying it into the manual search path on unixoid

An example session using the dumper to create shape file from a data‐
base might look like this:

# pgsql2shp -f myfile -p 5555 my_db roads_table

Originally written by Jeff Lounsbury .
Improved and maintained by Sandro Santilli . Includes
small contributions and improvements by others.

This application uses functionality from shapelib 1.2.9 by Frank
Warmerdam to write to ESRI Shape files.



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