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I've downloaded the service pack but have not yet installed it. Today I stumbled over a post on the ESRI forums where problems with reference scale and labeling are discussed. Apparently, this is now a known bug (NIM067942).

Normally, I would install a Service Pack to correct existing issues and to possibly improve performance but it seems that new bug(s) were introduced as well. This particular bug could potentially be a nuisance.

How buggy is it? Will I benefit from installing it? What are your experiences with this particular service pack?

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No issues apart from the NIM067942 mentioned. But have both versions (created a VMware instance of ArcGIS10sp1) –  Mapperz May 20 '11 at 14:48

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I haven't found any new bugs in the types of things that I do and SP2 has fixed a number of critical ones for me which relate to computation geometry and working with geometry objects. For example, Errors in arcpy's Polygon class

So in short...you won't know what new bugs have been introduced until you do some of your regular work. I would suggest that you go through the NIM list of fixed bugs on the download site.

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+1 I had completely forgotten that thread on the ESRI forums and hadn't seen any of the followup. It's one heck of a read...(for those who care about the accuracy of their work, anyway). –  whuber May 20 '11 at 14:38
Thanks. I skimmed the list but will take a closer look. Is there a noticeable performance improvement? Going from 9.3 to 10 was a step backwards in my opinion (not in features, strictly in performance). –  Jakub May 20 '11 at 14:42

Here is a list of the issues addressed by Service Pack 2:


It doesn't look like NIM067942 has been fixed in this service pack, but you can check the list to see which other items affect you.

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Thanks. What i am most interested in is a list of NEW issues/bugs introduced by this SP. NIM067942 is a new bug that wasn't there in SP1. Installing SP2 will introduce this bug. In my workflow, SP1 is OK. ArcGIS is still slow as molasses but at least for me there is nothing severely critical that needs fixing. I am curious if you personally see an improvement after installing the SP. Or did it break something that functioned fine before. –  Jakub May 20 '11 at 14:30
This link...after you login...suggests that there is a NEW know issues link, however, it isn't going anywhere support.esri.com/en for me at least, either the link is down or there are no known issues :) –  Dan Patterson May 20 '11 at 14:38

I found a new bug on ArcGIS desktop 10 SP2. ArcGIS 10 SP2 is slower than SP1 on geometric network function such as rebuild connectivity from 1 second to 2 hours. ArcGIS 10 make me fell bad for ESRI product. Is it possible for testing every functionality before release any version or patch. I don't want to have a new bug after upgrading or installing a new patch.

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Welcome to our site! Thank you for sharing your experiences. –  whuber Jul 12 '11 at 13:28

I have some colleagues that are sticking with the RTM version of ArcGIS 10...they discovered an annotation editing bug that was introduced with SP1 and not corrected in SP2. This is critical to their workflow, so they're sticking with the initial release.

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We have been royally carted, with it saying NIM063853 -

Aggregate Points tool is not creating the derived output table

Has been addressed, as it hasn't, it's now not working at all, throwing a 000210 error. It's a major part of code we've written as part of a project going live on Friday, that now doesn't work. ESRI have simply said, oh, that one, yes, that will take some while to fix...

I can't believe it.

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