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I want to tell QGIS where to start with a marker, like: use 3 markers, start at positions 0, 2, 4, and apply an interval of 12 to each marker.

However, after searching for hours, I haven't found a way to deal with this issue.

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Regardings Nathan's answer: This happens if x-offset for markers is used:

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You sure can.

First you need to add a Marker symbol to your line symbol and stack the symbols like so:

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  • The first Simple Marker has a X offset of 0
  • The second Simple Marker has a X offset of 2
  • The third Simple Marker has a X offset of 4

Click on the Marker Line symbol layer and set the with interval value to what ever looks good

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This will only work for a straight line - if the line bends, the offsetted markers will not align along the line! See the image in the post-edit. – Kay Feb 13 '14 at 12:42
It would be good to have an option "offset along line". – tobias47n9e Feb 13 '14 at 12:53
So, it is not possible? I couldn't imagine that.. – Kay Feb 13 '14 at 12:58
Yes it's a known issue. – Nathan W Feb 13 '14 at 13:27
Do you know if there are any feature requests regarding this? - I really want to push this, as it seems to me as a very basic feature! – Kay Feb 13 '14 at 15:54

I just found a workaround which works for single color simple markers, using a custom dash pattern with round cap style and 0,0001 long dashes, which will look like dots:

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Damnit, this was a hard one..

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