GRASS logo

Note: A new GRASS GIS stable version has been released: GRASS GIS 7. Go directly to the new manual page here

NAME - Allows creation and/or modification of raster map layer support files.


raster, metadata

SYNOPSIS help map=name [title="phrase"] [history="phrase"] [units=string] [vdatum=string] [source1="phrase"] [source2="phrase"] [description="phrase"] [raster=string] [--verbose] [--quiet]


Name of input raster map
Text to use for map title
Text to append to the next line of the map's metadata file
Text to use for map data units
Text to use for map vertical datum
Text to use for data source, line 1
Text to use for data source, line 2
Text to use for data description or keyword(s)
Raster map from which to copy category table

DESCRIPTION allows the user to create and/or edit raster map support information. Editing of raster map color tables, category labels, header, history, and title is supported. Category labels can also be copied from another raster map.


If metadata options such as title or history are given the module will run non-interactively. If only the map name is given will run interactively within a terminal shell and the user with be prompted for input.

Freeform metadata information is stored in a "hist" file which may be appended to by using the history option. Currently this is limited to 50 lines of text with a maximum line length of 78 characters. Any input larger than this will be wrapped to the next line. All other metadata strings available as standard options are limited to 79 characters.


r.category, r.describe,, r.null, r.region,, r.timestamp


Micharl Shapiro, CERL: Original author
Brad Douglas: GRASS 6 Port
M. Hamish Bowman: command line enhancements
Markus Neteler: category copy from other map

Last changed: $Date: 2008-05-16 12:11:45 -0700 (Fri, 16 May 2008) $

Main index - raster index - Full index

© 2003-2016 GRASS Development Team