I'm try to merge a few specified features on a topojson map using Mapshaper. For this example, I'm trying to merge Somalia, Somaliland and Puntland to match a dataset that doesn't separate them.
Mapshaper has command features,
-dissolve2, that seem to do what I want. However, they seem to apply to every feature in the selected layer, and I can't see any obvious way in the Mapshaper docs to select only certain features within a layer to apply to.
target apply to files and layers respectively, not features. Likewise all the usage examples I can find don't select specific features to merge.
There's a feature to limit it by field:
Name of a data field to dissolve on.
... but I can't find any way to pipe in a list of field values. I can specify the name field, but can't find a way to specify that the name field should be "Somalia" or "Somaliland".
If possible, I'd prefer not to move the features onto a temporary dummy layer then move them back again.
Ideally I'd use something similar to how
-filter allow to match by an expression but that doesn't seem to exist for
-dissolve. For example, this, which works perfectly for
-filter, doesn't work:
-dissolve '(NAME == "Somaliland" || NAME == "Puntland" || NAME == "Somalia")'
...because that parameter must be a field name and can't be an expression:
Data table is missing field: (NAME == "Somaliland" || NAME == "Puntland" || NAME == "Somalia")