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I'm trying to define a projection in QGIS. I want to add North America Albers Equal Area Conic. From the spatialreference site I copied the proj4 line:

+proj=aea +lat_1=20 +lat_2=60 +lat_0=40 +lon_0=-96 +x_0=0 +y_0=0 +ellps=GRS80 +datum=NAD83 +units=m +no_defs

Then I went into QGIS -> Settings -> Custom CRS and pasted the following into the window:

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But when I go to view the projection within QGIS I see a very different set of parameters:

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Is this ok? I don't know enough about projections to tell if the parameters generated are the correct ones, or whether something else is going on. It also ignored the name that I provided which made me suspect the parameters may also be incorrect. I'm using QGIS 1.7.3 on Windows 7.

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That's not the CRS you defined above. Did you press the save button? – underdark Feb 19 '12 at 19:12
No, I pressed ok. Oops, I will try pressing save and see if it shows up. – djq Feb 19 '12 at 19:13
Ah, that fixed it. I'll write an answer explaining that I should have clicked save before pressing ok – djq Feb 19 '12 at 19:17
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@underdark made me realize that I didn't actually press save while defining the CRS. So, what I needed to do was first click save, and then to click ok. The projection then showed up fine.

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Yes, I've been caught by that one! – MerseyViking Feb 19 '12 at 20:01
Sounds like a good feature/enhancement request: show pop-up dialog to warn that modified custom CRS has not been saved before closing. In my opinion, this is a pretty common UI feature. – Mike T Feb 19 '12 at 22:08
Please log a bug report for this. Someone was looking at redoing that dialog at some stage. – Nathan W Feb 19 '12 at 23:33
I'll file a feature enhancement (not sure if it really is a bug). – djq Feb 20 '12 at 0:58
Yes, that got me a few times. Quite frustrating. – Alex Feb 23 '12 at 3:27

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