I am using a DEM and using menu Raster > Terrain analysis > Hillshade. When I type a simple output file name "MyHillshade" and then click "OK", I get a two-part error message that says:

"GDAL provider: Cannot open GDAL dataset MyHillshade.tif: `MyHillshade.tif' does not exist in the file system, and is not recognised as a supported dataset name.

"Raster layer: Provider is not valid (provider: gdal, URI: MyHillshade.tif"

How can I repair this situation?

  • The message error says only that GDAL cannot find MyHillshade.tif in the file system. So, what is the path of your resulting layer ?
    – gene
    Commented Dec 14, 2013 at 10:40

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Make sure you set the full path. This error seems to occur when you only give gdal the name of the file.

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  • I guess that Elevation layer should be set too.
    – AndreJ
    Commented Dec 14, 2013 at 16:07

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