I'm trying to use Ogr2Ogr.exe to import some shapefiles. It came installed with QGIS 1.8. When I try and run it, i get the following error:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Quantum GIS Lisboa\bin>ogr2ogr -overwrite -f MSSQLSpatial "MSSQL:serve...<snip> 

ERROR 4: Unable to open EPSG support file gcs.csv. 
Try setting the GDAL_DATA environment variable to point to the 
directory containing EPSG csv files. 
ERROR 6: No translation an empty SRS to PROJ.4 format is known.

C:\Program Files (x86)\Quantum GIS Lisboa\bin>

Can anyone help?

It looks like it's an issue with some PATHS.

I just opened up a normal command prompt, when to that directory (listed above) and ran the command.

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You might need to set your GDAL_DATA environment variable as the error message said. It's at C:\Program Files\Quantum GIS Lisboa\share\gdal if I'm not mistaken but do check on your machine.

To manage environment variables:

  1. Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
  2. Click the Advanced tab.
  3. Click Environment variables.
  4. Click one the following options, for either a user or a system variable:
    • Click New to add a new variable name and value.
    • Click an existing variable, and then click Edit to change its name or value.
    • Click an existing variable, and then click Delete to remove
  • @RK - is there some documentation which lists what environmental variables I should have set up / check that are set?
    – Pure.Krome
    Sep 27, 2012 at 2:55
  • The error message explicitly stated GDAL_DATA. Do start with that. YOu might want to consult this too trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/…
    – R.K.
    Sep 27, 2012 at 2:58
  • Ta :) that was ze tricksies!
    – Pure.Krome
    Sep 27, 2012 at 3:36

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