I'm experiencing a problem with the way QGIS Essen 2.14.12 draws a marker line symbol at the end of a polyline. It only occurs sometimes, and sometimes moving (even slightly) the mapping within the window will make the "orphan" symbol disappear, or make it reappear. Zooming in/out will also have the same seemingly random effect. I hope the attached image shows the problem - note the floating V at the top end of the brown line.

orphan v marker symbol at line end

The offending V is an inverted V symbol and offset by 8mm relative to the non-offset symbol (which plays nice and behaves itself) see settings below.

settings for line with orphan symbol

Despite searching, I've not found an answer to this issue.

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The issue arises because the symbol is asked to be located 8 mm away from its supposed location.

To overcome this, you will want not to offset the symbol but rather the marker location along - but on - its line. You will need a style with 1 line and 2 marker lines, one of which having an offset along the line of 8mm. This ensures it will not go outside of the line.

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  • Excellent - resolves the problem perfectly. Thank you.
    – Michael_M
    Mar 14, 2018 at 14:44

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