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Set up gdal on Ubuntu 14.04

6. May 2014

Recently, I updated my system to Ubuntu 14.04 and now I noticed that gdal is not running in Python anymore!

Importing gdal (respectively ‘osgeo’) broke with a command, that ended like:

"...version GDAL_1.8 not defined in file libgdal.so.1 with link time reference"

After a little investigation…I decided to (Re-) build gdal from source…like suggested:

http://gis.stackexchange.com/a/21739

But in contrast to the description…I installed the latest stable version of gdal (1.11.0):

http://download.osgeo.org/gdal/1.11.0/

So, here’s what I did:

Ctrl+Alt+T (Open terminal)

cd ~/folder/for/builds/from/source

sudo apt-get install build-essential python-all-dev

wget http://download.osgeo.org/gdal/1.11.0/gdal-1.11.0.tar.gz
tar xvfz gdal-1.11.0.tar.gz
cd gdal-1.11.0

./configure --with-python
make
sudo make install

The answer on http://gis.stackexchange.com/ recommends also to update the shared library cache…but this was not necessary, in my case!

Now it works perfect…again!

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4 Comments
  1. Dave permalink

    Excellent! Was struggling to get the rgdal package installed under Ubuntu … no matter what I did, I couldn’t get it sorted. Then I stumbled on your post and boom! Installed package no probs! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Shane permalink

    Thanks, it worked perfectly!

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