I would like to create a new SpatiaLite table based on a command.

For example, I would like to transform a table to a different coordinate system:

SELECT Transform(Geometry, 3068) FROM points_berlin;

To create a new table I would do this in PostGIS:

CREATE TABLE points_berlin_3068 AS
SELECT Transform(Geometry, 3068) FROM points_berlin;

Although this creates the table and the table has as many rows as the input table it is not a spatial table. How do I get the geometry to show up in the new table?

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SpatiaLite requires you to explicitly register geometry columns in its ecosystem (updating metadata, adding triggers) using the provided management functions; SQLite does not support automatic detection like with PostgreSQLs type-modifier system.

Having created a new table as you specified you should be able to 'spatially enable' it with

SELECT RecoverGeometryColumn('points_berlin_3068', 'geometry', 3068, 'POINT', 'XY');
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    RecoverGeometryColumn is unchanged but this is a newer document about SpatiaLite functions: gaia-gis.it/gaia-sins/spatialite-sql-5.0.0.html.
    – user30184
    Commented Oct 28, 2020 at 10:46
  • @user30184 Thx.! I use to look up the most commonly compiled version in QGIS.
    – geozelot
    Commented Oct 28, 2020 at 10:49
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    Interesting workflow, thank you! Worth noting: pay attention to how you name the new geometry colum, as its default name is the command you executed! If you execute the command as I did, you would have to subsequently run SELECT RecoverGeometryColumn('points_berlin_3068', 'Transform(Geometry, 3068)', 3068, 'POINT', 'XY'); since the geometry column is now named Transform(Geometry, 3068). To avoid this you can use an alias in the original select command: CREATE TABLE points_berlin_3068_newest AS SELECT Transform(Geometry, 3068) AS Geometry FROM points_berlin; Commented Oct 28, 2020 at 13:53

I find thast using RecoverGeometryColumn adds the record to geometry_columnns, and also allows QGIS to read the table. However, ArcGIS cannot read the geometries in the table. Still looking for a way to issue a CREATE TABLE AS statement and have it be a valid table that other GIS products can read.

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