The GRASS Development Team announces
GRASS GIS 6.2.2 released 16 July 2007
We are happy to announce that a new bugfix version of
GRASS GIS has been released today.
This release fixes a number of bugs discovered in the 6.2.1 source code.
It is primarily for stability purposes and adds minimal new features.
Besides bug fixes it also includes a number of new message translations
and updates for the help pages.
This release is particularly important for Ubuntu users due to a number of
Bourne shell script fixes. Other highlights include a new location creation
GUI with EPSG search and further maturation of the GRASS 6 GUI, vector, and
database code. These improvements have been backported from the GRASS 6.3
development branch where new development continues at a strong pace of
approximately one code commit every hour, including major work being done
on an all new cross-platform wxPython GUI.
The Geographic Resources Analysis Support System, commonly referred to
as GRASS, is a Geographic Information System (GIS) combining powerful raster,
vector, and geospatial processing engines into a single integrated software
suite. GRASS includes tools for spatial modeling, visualization of raster and
vector data, management and analysis of geospatial data, and the processing of
satellite and aerial imagery. It also provides the capability to produce
sophisticated 4D presentation graphics and hardcopy maps.
GRASS is currently used around the world in academic and commercial settings
as well as by many governmental agencies and environmental consulting companies.
It runs on a variety of popular hardware platforms and is Free open-source
software released under the terms of the
GNU General Public License.
GRASS is a proposed founding project of the new
Open Source Geospatial Foundation.
In support of the movement towards consolidation in the open source geospatial
software world, GRASS is tightly integrated with the latest GDAL/OGR libraries.
This enables access to an extensive range of raster and vector formats,
including OGC-conformal Simple Features. GRASS also makes use of the highly
regarded PROJ.4 software library with support for most known map projections
and the easy definition of new and rare map projections via custom
parameterization. Strong links are maintained with the
R Statistics projects with integrated
GRASS toolkits available for each.
Platforms supported by GRASS
GNU/Linux, Mac OS X/Darwin, Microsoft Windows (native using MinGW or with
full UNIX support via Cygwin), Sun Solaris (SPARC/Intel), Silicon Graphics
Irix, HP-UX, DEC-Alpha, AIX, BSD, iPAQ/Linux and other UNIX compliant platforms.
GRASS runs on both 32 and 64 bit systems with large files (>2GB) supported by
many key modules.
The new source code is available now and binary packages for major operating
systems will be published shortly.
For details on GRASS software capabilities please refer to:
the previous GRASS 6.0.0,
GRASS 6.2.0, and
release announcements, and the
Wiki collaborative help system.
What's new in GRASS 6.2.2
- System and Libraries:
- DBMI/SQL parser: Add missing TIME support
- DBF driver: Add missing SQL TIME support; fix semicolon problem
- Sqlite driver: Add missing 'date' support;
transactions to speed up 'execute'; don't crash with SQLITE_NULL
- QGIS-GRASS DB bug: Fixes QGIS bug #448
- geodetic datum: Enable geodetic datum for Krovak, fixed Slovakia Datum (hermannskogel)
- libgis: Backport false easting/northing test
- Graphical User Interface:
- GIS.m GUI: Backport various enhancements, including: clickable layer buttons;
more robust error handling; main window cosmetics; fix the lwidth bug; various typos;
browsing for EPSG file not updating path to it fixed; browsing for new location path fixed
- GUI menus: Remove non-functional font setting entries; other assorted fixes
- GUI startup: Backport Michael Barton's new EPSG code search tool
- scripts: Backport various fixes; remove all Bashisms from Bourne scripts
- d.labels: Backport fixes for rotated labels
- d.vect: Nodes are displayed in topo mode
- d.vect.thematic: Remove Bashisms
- g.mremove: Fixed to work correctly from the GIS.m GUI
- nviz: compilation fix for MacOSX
- ps.map: Fix landscape mode. Fix map scaling when map projection
is not measured in meters
- r.contour: Fix segmentation fault
- r.distance: Allow null distance for area in area
- r.flow: 3D length fix; 64bit segfault fix
- r.in.bin: Honour the -s flag for 2-byte and 4-byte data
- r.in.wms: Fix a number of teething problems; remove bashisms
- r.median: fix broken internal r.stats call
- r.profile: Allow data from stdin, exit with error if coordinate
request is outside the current region settings (was reporting bogus data)
- r.proj bilinear: Fix inverted interpolation expression
- r.reclass.area: Don't leave the clump file behind, label support added
- r.tileset: Fix break due to platform specific units parsing; Requires Bash
- v.build.polylines: Build polylines out of a closed boundaries,
remove doubled vertices at each node
- v.clean snap tool: Remove doubled vertices
- v.db.addtable: fixed error treatment when wrong SQL types were defined
- v.dissolve: Dissolve common boundaries by attribute;
fix for DBMI error if input map is specified with @mapset
- v.in.ascii: Skip over blank lines without error, improve robustness
- v.in.gns: fixed format incompatibility with current GNS format
- v.in.gpsbabel: Attribute and point import fixed for tracks and routes; works with Mac OSX
- v.in.region: Add additional vertex if necessary to ensure line
segments don't exceed 180 degrees longitude and wrap the wrong way around the world
- v.lidar.*: Various fixes backported
- v.lrs.*: fixes backported + new documentation
- v.report: Backport fixes for RT bug #4459 and Wald bug #301
- v.segment: Make the side_offset instruction functional
- v.to.db: Repair the compactness formula parentheses to match actual formula
- v.type: Wrap with a script so all combinations are allowed from the GUI menus
- v.what: Allow multiple input coordinates
For a comprehensive list of changes see the
ChangeLog since 6.2.1.
For a complete list of commands available in GRASS 6.2.2 see the
GRASS 6 module list.
We are always looking for testers, code developers, and technical
writers to help us maintain
and accelerate the development cycle.
The GRASS GIS project is developed under the terms of the
GNU General Public License
(the GPL) in the open by
GRASS differs from many other GIS software packages used in the professional
world in that it is developed and distributed by users for users, mostly on a
volunteer basis, in the open, and is given away for free.
Emphasis is placed on interoperability and unlimited access to data as well as
on software flexibility and evolution rate.
The source code is freely available allowing for immediate customization,
examination of the underlying algorithms, addition of new features, and
fast bug fixing.
GRASS 6.2 release history:
- GRASS GIS 6.1.0 technology preview released 11 August 2006
- GRASS GIS 6.2.0beta1 released 28 August 2006
- GRASS GIS 6.2.0beta2 released 30 August 2006
- GRASS GIS 6.2.0beta3 released 18 September 2006
- GRASS GIS 6.2.0RC1 released 26 September 2006
- GRASS GIS 6.2.0RC2 released 6 October 2006
- GRASS GIS 6.2.0RC3 released 24 October 2006
- GRASS GIS 6.2.0 released 31 October 2006
- GRASS GIS 6.2.1RC1 released 6 December 2006
- GRASS GIS 6.2.1 released 12 December 2006
- GRASS GIS 6.2.2RC1 released 29 May 2007
- GRASS GIS 6.2.2 released 16 July 2007
The GRASS Development Team
Date: 16 July 2007 (last changed: $Date: 2009-03-15 18:34:46 +0000 (Sun, 15 Mar 2009) $)