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Currently trying to use gdal_merge within qgis to stack three raster bands, the command it's showing is like this:

gdal_merge.bat -separate -of GTiff -o out.tif "LC80190302014126LGN00_B4.TIF" "LC80190302014126LGN00_B3.TIF" "LC80190302014126LGN00_B2.TIF"

however it keeps giving me ERROR 1: TIFFOpen:out.tif: Permission denied

I realize this should be a fairly simple procedure, is there something obvious I'm missing here?

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    Message "Permission denied" suggests clearly that you do not have right to write into the default directory what ever it is. Edit the part "-o out.tif" to point to some directory where you can for sure write new files. – user30184 Jun 10 '14 at 16:02
  • Good, I copied the comment into an answer. – user30184 Jun 10 '14 at 17:06
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"TIFFOpen:out.tif: Permission denied" message means that you do not have enough rights to write a new file into the target directory. Edit the -o parameter to point to some directory where you have write access.

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