I'm currently writing my Thesis about QGIS where it is my task to create a map of Austrias motorways (roads with the type A and B3**). I am working with a shapefile where all roads are so I selected the ones I need by looking for attributes. Now my problem is that I cannot save them as a new layer. As it comes to saving it the following message shows up:

"Export in Vektordatei schlug fehl. Fehler: Layererzeugung schlug fehl (OGR-Fehler: Failed to open Shapefile `Autobahn_Test1.shp'.)"

This pretty much says that the export to a vector-format has failed.

Error: Generating a layer has failed (OGR-error). 

What else can I try to make this work?

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    Perhaps use a query for the layer gis.stackexchange.com/questions/25963/…. The most likely cause of failing to save is to have bad characters in the file name, the name must not contain non-alphanumeric characters except for underscore, what is the file name you're trying to save? – Michael Stimson Jun 29 '17 at 0:18
  • Autobahn_Test1.shp is a valid filename, but did you perhaps accidently try to save at a location without write-permission?? – Kurt Jun 29 '17 at 17:55
  • Did you perhaps try to overwrite your shapefile wich is openend in QGIS? I never observed a fail when trying to write shapefiles from QGIS ... – Jochen Schwarze Jun 30 '17 at 5:39
  • Consider to provide some screenshots for better explanation of the steps you carried out... – Jochen Schwarze Jun 30 '17 at 5:53
  • I first had to save it as a layer definition file and then i could continue saving it as a new layer. – Nicole Sch. Jun 30 '17 at 21:57

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