I have a geojson feature collection. Some of its features have spaces in their property names. I am attempting to use the -select argument to limit which properties are included in the output.

Is there a way to pass in property names that have spaces in them? On Ubuntu 18.04.3 I have tried:

ogr2ogr -select '"My Property"' -f 'Esri Shapefile' my-shp-dir my-fc.json

Which results in: Error 1: Field "My not found in source layer

I have also tried not quoting the spaced properties, and putting square brackets around them.

Is there a way to handle spaces in properties?

  • Linux or Windows?
    – user30184
    May 19, 2020 at 20:36
  • @user30184 Ubuntu 18.04.3
    – Avocado
    May 19, 2020 at 21:10
  • Maybe '"My\ Property"'?
    – wfgeo
    May 19, 2020 at 21:24
  • @wfgeo no such luck: ERROR 1: Field '"My\' not found in source layer.
    – Avocado
    May 19, 2020 at 21:26

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I don't think you can do it directly with select, but you can use -sql instead of -select to reference a column/property with spaces in the name:

ogr2ogr -sql 'SELECT "My Property" FROM layername' -f 'Esri Shapefile' my-shp-dir my-fc.json

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