I have LAZ files that I unpacked with laszip.exe, then I ended up with LAS files.

These files showed no error when making a LAS dataset in ArcGIS. I used this dataset several times without ant issues.

But when trying to use r.in.lidar in QGIS, I get this error:

ERROR: North must be north of South.

Since the files worked in ArcGIS, I am thinking this is a software or setup issue I have in QGIS.

I can't find that error message anywhere on the interweb.

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    Have you tried it in the stand alone GRASS that comes with QGIS? If you do so, you could print the output of g.region -p and r.in.lidar -sg input=(las file here) output=dummy -o
    – Marco
    Mar 12, 2018 at 12:24

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I am reading the man page of GRASS 7:

Since the r.in.lidar generates a raster map through binning from the original LiDAR points, the target computational region extent and resolution have to be determined. A typical workflow would involve the examination of the LAS data's associated documentation or the scan of the LAS data file with r.in.lidar's -s (or -g) flag to find the input data's bounds.

Another option is to automatically set the region extents based on the LAS dataset extent (-e flag) along with the desired raster resolution using the resolution parameter. Link to Source

My guess is that you need to look at the options you are using and set a proper region extent


I used "System Administrator" to execute QGIS with GRASS and the error would not show.

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    Can you explain a little more?
    – MrXsquared
    Jun 1, 2021 at 8:36

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