man v.buffer () - Create a buffer around features of given type (areas must contain centroid).


v.buffer - Create a buffer around features of given type (areas must contain centroid).



v.buffer help

v.buffer input=string output=string [type=string[,string,...]] [layer=integer] buffer=float [tolerance=float] [debug=string]


Name of input vector
Name of output vector
Type Options: point,line,boundary,centroid,area Default: point,line,area
Layer number Default: 1
Buffer distance in map units
Maximum distance between theoretical arc and polygon segmentsas multiple of buffer. Default: 0.01
Stop the process in certain stage. Options: buffer,clean


v.buffer creates a buffer around features of given type with category of given field.


Buffer around input lines

v.buffer input=map output=buffer type=line buffer=100

Circles around input points

v.buffer input=pointsmap output=circles type=point buffer=1000

Note that attributes are not transferred (due to potential buffer overlap which cannot be resolved automatically).

Non-overlapping circles around input points with attribute transfer

v.buffer input=archsites output=circles type=point buffer=200

# change original points to centroids:

v.type in=archsites out=archcentroids type=point,centroid

# patch circles and centroids:

v.patch in=archcentroids,circles out=circles_db

# attach attributes, either use

# db.copy ...

# or link to the original table:

v.db.connect map=circles_db table=archsites field=1 key=cat driver=dbf database='$GISDBASE/$LOCATION_NAME/$MAPSET/dbf'


For some data v.buffer can produce strange results, especially if the buffer size is bigger than input features. Usually you can solve the problem if you run v.buffer more times with smaller buffer.


v.type, v.patch, v.db.connect


Radim Blazek

Last changed: $Date: 2005/01/10 18:20:14 $

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