GRASS and Sextante

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GRASS has been integrated into Sextante as extension. Sextante itself is commonly used within gvSIG. Through this integration, gvSIG users have access to the wealth of well tested algorithms provided by GRASS.

Note: the GDAL-GRASS plugin must be installed.

How to install (tuned OADE version)

  1. Download OADE gvSIG binaries from here
  2. Download Sextante binaries from here

Linux

Now you have three files, for example: gvsig-oade-2010-1.0.0.b2-linux-installer.bin and sextante.zip

You have to run (follow the dialogs; we assume that you install it in your HOME directory as predefined in the dialog). Install at least gvSIG, andthe included demo data:

chmod a+x gvsig-oade-2010-1.0.0.b2-linux-installer.bin
./gvsig-oade-2010-1.0.0.b2-linux-installer.bin

To update the pre-installed Sextante with the newer content of sextante.zip:

rm -rf $HOME/gvsig-oade-2010-1.0.0/bin/gvSIG/extensiones/es.unex.sextante
mkdir  $HOME/gvsig-oade-2010-1.0.0/bin/gvSIG/extensiones/es.unex.sextante
cd $HOME/gvsig-oade-2010-1.0.0/bin/gvSIG/extensiones/es.unex.sextante
unzip /PATH/TO/sextante.zip "core/*"
mv core/* .
rmdir core
unzip /PATH/TO/sextante.zip "bindings/gvsig_1_9/*"
mv bindings/gvsig_1_9/* .
rmdir bindings/gvsig_1_9  bindings

rm -f jts-1.9.jar
# help:
cd ../sextante_help
rm -rf en/ es/ de/
unzip /PATH/TO/sextante.zip "help/*"
mv help/* .
rmdir help

Now you can launch gvSIG, from the Desktop or via (adjust path if you didn't use the default installation directory):

 $HOME/gvsig-oade-2010-1.0.0/bin/gvSIG.sh

Windows

TBD.

MacOSX

TBD.

Alternative: How to install (original gvSIG version)

  1. Download gvSIG binaries from here
  2. Download Raster Pilot from here
  3. Download Sextante binaries from here

Linux

Now you have three files, for example: gvSIG-1_1_x-raster_pilot-BN7-linux-i586.bin, gvSIG-1_9-linux-i586-withjre.bin, and sextante.zip

You have to run (follow the dialogs):

sh gvSIG-1_9-linux-i586-withjre.bin
sh gvSIG-1_1_x-raster_pilot-BN7-linux-i586.bin

To install the content of sextante.zip:

# software
mkdir /PATH/TO/gvSIG_1.9/bin/gvSIG/extensiones/es.unex.sextante
cd /PATH/TO/gvSIG_1.9/bin/gvSIG/extensiones/es.unex.sextante
unzip /PATH/TO/sextante.zip "core/*"
mv core/* .
rmdir core
unzip /PATH/TO/sextante.zip "bindings/gvsig_1_9/*"
mv bindings/gvsig_1_9/* .
rmdir bindings/gvsig_1_9  bindings

rm -f jts-1.9.jar
# help:
cd /PATH/TO/gvSIG_1.9/bin/gvSIG/extensiones/
mkdir sextante_help
unzip /PATH/TO/sextante.zip "help/*"
mv help/* help/
rmdir help

If you installed it with JRE usage (default), you now have to remove some files to avoid conflicts with the main gvSIG installation:

rm -f sextante_flowTools-0.55.jar flowmap.jar j3dcore.jar prefuse*.jar vecmath-1.3.jar

Now you can launch gvSIG, from the Desktop or via (adjust path):

 /usr/local/gvSIG_1.9/bin/gvSIG.sh

Windows

TBD.

MacOSX

TBD.

Activating GRASS in Sextante

(cited after grass_sextante.html)

Configuring Sextante to use GRASS takes just a few easy steps. Once you have configured the system, you will be able to execute GRASS algorithms from any Sextante component like the toolbox or the graphical modeller, just like you do with any other Sextante geo-algorithm.

Only two parameters must be set, namely:

  • The path to the GRASS installation folder. It is needed by Sextante to execute GRASS commands.
  • The path to a GRASS mapset. The mapset doesn't have to contain any data at all, since data will be imported automatically each time you execute an algorithm. The only important part of the mapset is the location information, particularly the Coordinate Reference System. You must set the same CRS that is used by the layers that you want to process using GRASS algorithms. If, for instance, you have layers with data in the EPSG 23030 reference system, you must set the mapset to that same reference system. When data is imported into the mapset, no reprojection is performed, and layers are assumed to be in the same projection as the mapset itself.
  1. Go to Sextante settings (open Sextante Dialog -> right of the "Search" bar)
  2. Go to "GRASS"
  3. Set therein
  GRASS folder: /path/to/grass-binary-installation/  (e.g., /usr/local/grass-6.4.0svn/ )
  GRASS mapset: /path/to/grassdata/location/mapset  (e.g., /home/neteler/grassdata/nc_spm_08/sextante ) The mapset doesn't have to contain any data at all!

Note: you need to create this mapset with GRASS

  grass64 -c /path/to/grassdata/location/mapset  (e.g., grass64 -c /home/neteler/grassdata/nc_spm_08/sextante )
  exit

How to use

GRASS is used in an internal temporary session.

Sample session:

  1. File -> open Project -> $HOME/gvsig-oade-2010-1.0.0/sample_data/north_carolina.gvp
  2. Open Sextante dialog
  3. Go to "Indices and other hydrological parameters"
  4. Start (double click) r.topidx, select as Input "Elevation", as output write "topidx.tif" (it will go into your current directory; check with browse button), click OK
  5. It should have generated a new map.

See also