I'm missing all the usual processing tools in the Vector menu in QGIS 2.16 (eg vector overlay, analysis, etc). They do appear in the processing toolbox but there's no sign of them in the Vector menu. Has anyone come across this issue?
I had the same issue, first thought it was intentional, but discovered if you delete the .qgis2 directory from user account this fixes the problem. See https://hub.qgis.org/issues/15265
According to https://hub.qgis.org/issues/15265, the GDAL tools might get lost if you have the processing tools installed as an external plugin.
Since some time, it has become a core plugin, so no need to be in the users .qgis2/python/plugins/processing folder. You can remove that savely.
Apart from that, I discovered a second
Vector menue right to the
Help menu, if my locale is not US English. Overriding the locale with US English puts them back together again.
The fTools plugin offered these menus and it has been removed from QGIS and is replaced with the processing plugin.
Just enable the processing plugin and the menu will be back. Note that you can go to Processing => Options => Menus, to configure in detail which algorithms will be available in the menu.
fTools and processing both offered the same tools in the past. This resulted in a much increased maintenance overhead and regularly issues were only addressed in one of the the two.
Processing offers a lot more possibilities like a vast amount of additional algorithms, modelling capabilities and configuration, so it's really worth it!
I've installed Qgis 2.16, the first time without tools because there were problems with PyQGIS libraries after uninstalled old versions. Then i decided to fully uninstall Qgis, deleted ".qgis2" folder in my Userprofile folder, deleted some keys related with Qgis in Regedit (Windows OS), cleaned OS and finally reinstalled Qgis without problems. Maybe certainly can be done in other method instead of this long boring way...
I had the same problem of having two vector-menus (my QGIS 2.18 (Ubuntu 16.04) set to Finnish): one that was actually in the language set for QGIS (Finnish) and other that was in English. The two menus together had all the vector functions that QGIS normally would have. This problem didn't occur when using QGIS set to English.
In my case, to lose the second vector-menu while using the QGIS set to Finnish, I had to: | Processing | Options > Choose "Reset to defaults" besides "Menus (requires restart)" and it worked (after restarting QGIS, of course).
I had the same problem to find the "points in polygons" entry in the Vector's menu, however with a little trick, I found a work-a-round, which immediately solved my problem. Here is the solution (sorry for the German menu, but you'll find the corresponding items): Menu: Ansicht>Bedienfelder>Werkzeugkiste (STRG+ALT+T) This brought a toolbar on the right side up--> then type points in polygons and select the item showing up, which brings a pop-up window for using the feature.