I'm trying to create a linestring based on a value in a column in PostGIS. My code looks like this:

create view left_span as 
SELECT st_geomfromtext('LINESTRING(line_att.wkt_left)', 27700) as geom
FROM line_att 

It creates the view but without any results.

When I try to select just LINESTRING:

SELECT st_geomfromtext('LINESTRING(line_att.wkt_left)', 27700) as geom
FROM line_att 

I get this error:

ERROR:  parse error - invalid geometry HINT:  "LINESTRING(li" <--
parse error at position 13 within geometry
********** Error **********

My column structure looks like this:

608499.156438 127925.765696, 608583.734491 127621.137605
609186.961722 128406.984816, 609287.145785 128550.322806

Calling just one row works fine.


I think the issue here is with your WKT construction:

SELECT st_geomfromtext('LINESTRING(line_att.wkt_left)', 27700)

will try to create a geometry from the WKT


which is invalid.

Try using string concatenation to ensure the wkt_left values are being inserted into the string:

SELECT st_geomfromtext('LINESTRING('||line_att.wkt_left||')', 27700) as geom
FROM line_att 

This should result in the WKT

'LINESTRING(608499.156438 127925.765696, 608583.734491 127621.137605)'

which is a valid linestring.

More info on string on string functions and operators can be found here.

  • Thanks! it solved to problem :) for some weird reason it shows me that result is empty but when i go inside the table is fine. – Losbaltica Jan 24 '17 at 9:14
  • I'm not sure what's going on with your result without seeing the data but I'm glad my answer helped – Ali Jan 24 '17 at 9:35
  • Do you know if i can load view table inside qgis? – Losbaltica Jan 24 '17 at 10:10
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    You can, just follow the same procedure as you would for a table. You have to also include a primary key column in your view. – Ali Jan 24 '17 at 10:21

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