Suddenly I got a problem opening the project I was working on since a long time. When I open the project, QGIS crashes.

I think the problem might be in one layer, but as I cannot open the project I neither can delete this layer in QGIS desktop. Is there any option to do this another way?


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You can open the qgs file with any text editor, look for the layers, and delete that manually. Better make a copy in advance before editing.

Or open a new project, and add your layer there, and look if it behaves strange.

  • So logic, but I didn't think about it. Thanks a lot Andre Joost!!!
    – Sironsse
    Mar 2, 2013 at 21:37
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    It turns out this was not a good idea: gis.stackexchange.com/questions/53332/…
    – steko
    Mar 3, 2013 at 13:34
  • It caused some other problems, but at least it allowed me to open something.
    – Sironsse
    Mar 3, 2013 at 15:55

My experience is that QGIS tends to crash if the project file (.qgs) contains outdated file paths (after deleting/moving files on disk).

In particular this seems to be true for RELATIVE paths (i.e. something like './xy/z.asc'.)

I was able to fix it by correcting the bad relative paths in the .qgs file manually (in text editor).

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