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?


My experience is that QGIS tends to crash if the project file (.qgs) contains outdated file paths (after deleting/moving files on disk).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


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 '13 at 21:37
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    It turns out this was not a good idea: gis.stackexchange.com/questions/53332/…
    – steko
    Mar 3 '13 at 13:34
  • It caused some other problems, but at least it allowed me to open something.
    – Sironsse
    Mar 3 '13 at 15:55

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