As HowardButler stated you need to use the JSON option for any PDAL version over 1.5. I am using PDAL version 1.7.2 and PostGreSQL version 9.6.
1) Create a text file using NotePad as described below. This particular JSON script reads from a standard .LAS file and writes to a PostGreSQL database table. The PostGreSQL database has the
postgis extensions enabled. The lidar records go in as patches (groups) of 600 per database record. I don't know why they call them "patches" but that's what they decided to name them. Note the double \ in the filename path. JSON doesn't like single backslashes so you need to escape them. Save the file as
theNameOfYourJsonFile.TXT. Obviously you will change the SRID to whatever is appropriate for what you are working on.
"connection":"host='localhost' dbname='nameOfYourDb' user='yourUserName' password='yourPassword'",
2) I am using the Windows version of PDAL that came with OSGeo4W so in my case I then open the command window to run the next step. If you are using a different operating system you may need to do this next step differently. At the c: prompt in the command window type in the following:
pdal pipeline -i C:\foldername\theNameOfYourJsonFile.txt
pdal pipeline command will run using the JSON from the text file you made. JUST LET IT RUN! It might take anywhere from a few minutes to 10 or 15 minutes. Remember point clouds are HUGE! When complete you will have a PostGreSQL table with your lidar records imported. Each record will contain groups of 600 points that can be extracted using SQL. Here is one way to view the data, there are many other ways available: