I'm relatively new to Python and GIS.
I am attempting to read in a 1.1 GB shapefile using geopandas. I let the code run for an hour and it is still not complete. Is this normal? How can I optimize the time it takes for the file to be read?
Here's my code:
polygons = gpd.read_file(r"path_to_shapefile.shp")
Edit: My system is an SSD, 64bit Python, and 8gb of RAM.
Edit 2: Not sure what was different, but running this code a third time, the shapefile was able to be read by Geopandas in less than 5 minutes.