Just got a new laptop (windows7). When opening a QGIS project (shape layers on server), I get an error window "bad allocation. Project was made in Wroclaw, new PC has Lisboa.

Any suggestions?

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Create a new simple project, load a shape from the server, save it, and compare the .qgs-Files with the old ones with a good text editor, e.g. notepad++. If you found the difference in < datasource >, you can edit the qgs-files with notepad++. It can open several files at once, and do search&replace on all opened files.

  • thanks. What i find is very weird: the directory structure in the old file (wroclav version) has a syntax with "/". n the new file (Lisboa version), it is with "\". as in <datasource>V:\02.DEVELOPMENT\B_CaPa.shp</datasou‌​rce>. furthermore, the old wroclav code contains "../.." which is of course not a good idea when migrating to another computer.
    – joris
    Aug 3, 2012 at 13:45
  • Thats the difference between absolute and relative paths. You can change that in project properties, first tab. But ../.. for relative paths comes also here in my Lisboa files. Infact its better to use relative paths if the files are on another drive on the new pc.
    – AndreJ
    Aug 3, 2012 at 14:26

When I formated my PC and reinstall Windows and QGIS I had the same message Exception: bad allocation,

After some time I realised the reason for this is that the project I was trying to open contained a google physical map and I hadn't install the open layers plugin.

So maybe if this happens is because a missing plugin.


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