I have a feature dataset that is using the GCS_WGS_1984 as the geographic coordinate system. It includes a few feature classes.
This feature dataset is itself in a file geodatabase that contains a few more feature classes in the root of the gdb. One of these is a feature classes called "points" that is also using the GCS_WGS_1984 as its coordinate system.
I thought it would be trivial to use ArcCatalog to drag the feature class from the root of the gdb into the feature dataset since they have the same coordinate system. Unfortunately ArcGIS gives an error dialog that says:
Failed to paste points The spatial references do not match
Why does this fail? If the GCS of the feature class and the feature dataset are the same, shouldn't it just work? I've verified this is the case via the dialogs as well as exporting the prj file for both the dataset and the class and using a diff tool to compare the two. They are identical.
Is the spatial reference of a feature class different than the coordinate system/projection?
Attemping to copy the feature class into the feature dataset by holding ctrl while dragging results in ArcCatalog crashing each and every time (shame on ESRI).
I guess I could try alternate means of moving feature classes. Use CopyFeatures into the dataset. Project from the feature class into a new feature class within the feature dataset?