I already have installed libLAS like this:

sudo apt-get install liblas-bin

And Ì have installed GRASS GIS 7 from the ubuntugis-unstable repository.

Is it possible v.in.lidar without compiling GRASS? I have tried to install it with:

g.extension extension=v.in.lidar

This gives the following error:

URL 'http://svn.osgeo.org/grass/grass-addons/grass7/vector/v.in.lidar' doesn't exist ERROR: GRASS Addons not found

Is there any way to make this work? Or any other way to avoid to have to compile GRASS as a whole? I am not very familiar with the compilation process, and as the guide recommends, I am trying to keep things as simple as possible.


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I think the simplest answer is no.

The GRASS LIDAR docs state:

v.in.lidar - (GRASS 7 only; GRASS must be compiled with libLAS support).

Which the GRASS 7.0 Ubuntu packages do not appear to have. From the latest build log (amd64):

GRASS is now configured for: x86_64-pc-linux-gnu


GDAL support: yes GEOS support: yes
LAPACK support: yes
Large File support (LFS): yes
libLAS support: no
MySQL support: yes NetCDF support: yes
NLS support: yes

You will need to find an different package that does have that support built in, or build it yourself.

  • Thanks for your fast response! I was hoping there was any other method i didn't find. I suppose i will have to find a workaround to import the point clouds. Jul 22, 2015 at 13:29
  • @opengisapprendice Have you seen las2ogr? If your GDAL installation is built with GRASS support (or with the plugin) you could use it to convert directly to a GRASS vector by the looks of it. Jul 22, 2015 at 16:24
  • My initial idea was to use las2txt and import the archives with v.in.ascii, but i will try that too :) Jul 22, 2015 at 18:32

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