DESCRIPTION builds polylines from the lines or boundaries in a vector map.

A line is defined by one start node, one end node and any number of vertices between the start and end node. The shortest possible line consists of only two vertices where the coordinates of the start and end node are identical to those of the two vertices. picks a line and from its start node, walks back as long as exactly one other line of the same type is connected to this node. Line directions are reversed as required, i.e. it does not matter if the next line is connected to the current node by its start or end node. Once the start line of a polyline is identified, it walks forward and adds all vertices (in reverse order if needed) of connected lines to the start line, i.e. the start line and connecting lines are reversed as needed. That is, if a line is reversed depends on what node is initially picked for building polylines. If the direction of lines is important (it's not for boundaries to build areas), you have to manually change line directions with either v.edit, v.digit, or the wxGUI vector digitizer.

Polylines provide the most appropriate representation of curved lines when it is important that nodes serve to define topology rather than geometry. Curved lines are usually digitized as polylines, but these are sometimes broken into their constituent straight line segments during conversion from one data format to another. can be used to rebuild such broken polylines.

NOTES combines only lines if the same type to a new polyline, i.e. lines and boundaries are kept separate.

Category number(s) are assigned to a polyline based on cats parameter. correctly handles input vector maps containing lines, boundaries, centroids and points. Lines and boundaries will be converted to polylines. Areas are guaranteed to be preserved.


This program was originally written during Mark Lake's tenure of a Leverhulme Special Research Fellowship at University College London.

SEE ALSO,, v.split, v.edit


Mark Lake, Institute of Archaeology, University College London.
Major rewrite by Radim Blazek, October 2002
Category mode added by Martin Landa, FBK-irst, Trento, Italy, October 2007
Support for categories, attributes, and different line types by Markus Metz

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