I'm trying to convert a GTiff raster to a PDS raster (NASA Planetary Data System) using gdal_translate with this command:

gdal_translate -of PDS -ot Float32 input.tif output.IMG

But I get this error message: 0ERROR 6: GDALDriver::Create() ... no create method implemented for this format.

Did I use the wrong input or is GDAL Drivers missing? I have GDAL 2.1.0


If you run gdalinfo --formats|sort in the OSGEO4W shell or a Linux terminal, you will get:

PDS -raster- (rov): NASA Planetary Data System

So there is no writing support for that format. http://www.gdal.org/frmt_pds.html does not offer more possibilities.

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    OK, I see, I thought the whole list from --formats was supported but now I learned that (rov) stands for read-only. Thank you! More info can be found here: gdal.org/gdal_utilities.html under --formats, for other people wondering. – Stina_F Sep 2 '16 at 16:26

Currently, the only software that has write support to PDS files is the ISIS: https://isis.astrogeology.usgs.gov/

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