I am trying to obtain a clipping of a contour map into a polygon by using the command

Vector-> Geoprocessing tools -> Clip

in QGIS 2.18.13 freshly installed on Ubuntu 14.04. I run the command on a contour lines layer whose files are within a directory since it is a DXF file (to be imported to autocad) and a shapefile (a polygon basically)

But when I run the command I get the message:

"NameError: global name 'features' is not defined"

Is this error due to some coding glitch in the new release? What is the global name Features referring to?

  • Hi PolyGeo...I am not sure I understand why you edited my post. You took the word "regards" away. Why? I know it doens't add to my original question but I think showing respect and politeness towards the people who might read my question is important and makes this forum more human friendly. – Antonio Scotti Sep 20 '17 at 9:22
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    Have you tried converting the contours to shapefiles before attempting the clip? Might be a DXF issue. – underdark Sep 20 '17 at 17:32
  • Not sure how to do that, what's the way to do it? Within the .DXF directory there are 4 files and one of them is a .SHP file. On the other hand the layers panel just shows the name of the directory where this file is contained (and the directory name has the .DXF extension) – Antonio Scotti Sep 21 '17 at 10:40

This is a known bug in version 2.18.13 of QGIS. https://issues.qgis.org/issues/17248


are your contour lines shapefiles line type? If so, you need to convert to polygon to clip another polygon; you should also ensure projections are the same on both shapes

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