I have a problem ( How to stop features to redraw unwillingly in OpenLayers ) that might be solved by aborting the beforefeatureremoved or beforefeaturesremoved event.

What I would like to to is to stop the layer from refreshing (removing and the adding again) features from a vector layer. If I for example make a javscript error in those methods the features isn't removed or refreshed. But causing a javascripts error causes other issues so I hope that there is a controlled way of doing this in Openlayers

I have tried the


But it doesnt seem to do anything, Im I

Br Mike

  • Have you tried to return false?
    – Tommaso
    Feb 6, 2013 at 16:11
  • Yes, and sadly that don't help either.
    – Mike001
    Feb 6, 2013 at 16:24

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Unfortunately the beforefeatureremoved and beforefeaturesremoved events will not prevent features from being removed when returning false from a listener - although the name would suggest such behavior.

  • Hi ahocevar Since you help me solve the main issue it dont need to abort the event any longer. But perhaps that will be needed in a later scenario. Do you have any idea on how to do it? As you write, returning false won't help.
    – Mike001
    Feb 7, 2013 at 12:39
  • Better add your features to the layer and use a filter to not display them. But it depends on your use case whether this is feasible or not.
    – ahocevar
    Feb 11, 2013 at 16:51
  • Sadly thats not possible in this case.
    – Mike001
    Feb 19, 2013 at 15:29

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