Working under CentOS (Linux), we have run up against the 4GB shapefile (dbf) limitation in our Monte Carlo model. We've decided to switch to GeoPackage to output our point attributes. I cannot find a reference on what GDAL/OGR driver to ask for under C++.

If I specify"GKPG" as a driver name, I get a null value returned from GetGDALDriverManager()->GetDriverByName. I am linking with GDAL 2.3.2. Using the command: $ ogrinfo --formats |grep GPKG

I get:

GPKG -raster,vector- (rw+vs): GeoPackage. 

I assume this means that we linked with GEOPKG (and sqllite3) when we installed the package, but I am checking with IT to try to find out more. Apologies that I don't know how to make my code show with line feeds below:

My stripped down code below:

#include <ogr_feature.h>
#include "ogrsf_frmts.h"
GDALDriver  *Driver;
int main()
 const char *Seed_drv = "ESRI Shapefile"; //Results in valid Driver below. 
 OGRRegisterAll(); // Register Drivers
 Driver = GetGDALDriverManager()->GetDriverByName(Seed_drv); //Driver:Valid


 const char *Seed_drv = "GPKG"; // Results in NULL myDriver below.
 OGRRegisterAll(); // Register Drivers
 myDriver = GetGDALDriverManager()->GetDriverByName(Seed_drv); // Driver:NULL
  • How I'm linking:# Optimise: g++ -O3 -Wall -std=c++0x $1.cpp -o $1 -L/usr/local/lib -lgdal -L/usr/lib64 -I/usr/local/include/ # Debug: g++ -ggdb -Wall -std=c++0x -rdynamic -o $1 $1.cpp -L/usr/local/lib -lgdal -L/usr/lib64 -I/usr/local/include/ Feb 22, 2019 at 17:18

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To check availability of GPKG execute following command in console:

ogrinfo --formats

It is expected the following line in output:

GPKG -raster,vector- (rw+vs): GeoPackage

The driver details, create and open options can be found at GPKG driver page

  • I received the expected result when I entered your command above. I've updated my question with the code I'm using for ESRI Raster vs GPKG. I need to know whether I need to rebuild GDAL Even though I got the correct response from the info query. Feb 22, 2019 at 17:27

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