I think the following is very confusing

sel_str = "ND_14 = '108'"
>>> 1 

In a for-loop this gives me

for f in l:
   g = f.GetGeometryRef()
   print g.GetEnvelope()
>>> (8.39746, 8.95788, 46.52757, 46.99331)

Whereas GetFeature() gives me

>>> feat0 = l.GetFeature(0)
>>> feat1 = l.GetFeature(1) 
>>> g0 = feat0.GetGeometryRef()
>>> g1 = feat1.GetGeometryRef()
>>> g0.GetEnvelope()
(8.21206, 10.65409, 56.55045, 57.75181)
>>> g1.GetEnvelope()
(10.60014, 10.6172, 57.48933, 57.4979)

Apparently GetFeature() is based on the FID of the whole set, not the selection. But using a for-loop on a selection of length one is pretty ridiculous. How do I get the FID of my selected feature then? Or what are other ways of using GetFeature() with your current selection?

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Read Chris Garrard's Open Source RS/GIS Python,Week 3: Filters & Simple Analysis of Vector Data; Functions & Modules

Resets reading so GetNextFeature() gets the first feature that matches the filter

So, for a selection of length one use the iterator:

sel = layer.GetNextFeature()
g = sel.GetGeometryRef()

It is easier to use layer.ExecuteSQL


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