Zip me the file if it's not confidential.  I can test it.

> Le 25 nov. 2016 à 12:07, Mira Kattwinkel [via OSGeo.org] 
> <ml-node+s1560n5297449...@n6.nabble.com> a écrit :
> 
> Hello Nicola 
> 
> Thanks for the suggestion but this is not the problem. I did not move 
> any files and it happens with whatever shape file I try. 
> 
> Mira 
> 
> 
> On 25/11/16 17:58, Nicolas Cadieux wrote:
> 
> > Hi, 
> > 
> > Perhaps you moved or copied the shape files and forgot to move the 
> > accompanied files (3 to 8 files with different extensions like .shx 
> > .dbf .shp .prj)?  If you just move the .shp and not the others, this 
> > is will create errors.  The .shx contains the geometries.  You may get 
> > this kind of message if you try to drag and drop the .shx and not the 
> > .shp in QGiS. 
> > 
> > .tiff will not crash because it's a lone file. 
> > 
> > Nicolas 
> > 
> > Le 25 nov. 2016 à 11:36, Mira Kattwinkel [via OSGeo.org 
> > <http://OSGeo.org>] <[hidden email] 
> > </user/SendEmail.jtp?type=node&node=5297448&i=0>> a écrit : 
> > 
> >> Dear list 
> >> 
> >> I have been working with QGIS 2.14 and now 2.18 for a while on Linux 
> >> Mint 17. Suddenly, I cannot open shape files any more. When trying to 
> >> load them I get the message: "Layer is not valid: The layer XX.shp is 
> >> not a valid layer and can not be added to the map."  In the log message 
> >> panel under ogr it says: "Data source is invalid (Unable to open XX.shx 
> >> or XX.SHX.Try --config SHAPE_RESTORE_SHX true to restore or create it)" 
> >> 
> >> Additionally, I cannot open GRASS files any more (which also used to 
> >> work fine) and get the error:" Error reading database file from: 
> >> /usr/share/qgis/resources/srs.db Because of this the projection selector 
> >> will not work..." and then QGIS crashes. 
> >> 
> >> Interestingly, I can open shape files from my file browser (it starts 
> >> QGIS and loads the file) but then I cannot add another one. Raster 
> >> (GeoTif) data are also fine. 
> >> 
> >> I have no idea what's causing this. I have tried removing and 
> >> reinstalling QGIS (version 2.18 and 2.14) without any success. 
> >> 
> >> Can anybody give me any hint what might have corrupted my system? 
> >> 
> >> Thanks a lot, 
> >> Mira 
> >> 
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