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i am using arcgis server 10 and python 2.6.5.

i have created a "test.lyr" file, now i wanted to convert it either to shape file or raster file. i have created the "test.lyr" from "test0.tif" and added symbology from "test0.lyr" files as follows.

 arcpy.MakeRasterLayer_management(tifFile,tmpFile,"#","","#")
 arcpy.SaveToLayerFile_management(tmpFile,curFile)
 arcpy.ApplySymbologyFromLayer_management(curFile,symbologyLayer)

the curFile in the above code is the test.lyr file obtained. can anyone plz show how to convert it to "test1.shp" or "test1.tif" file using arcpy?

thanks a lot in advance.

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You can use the Feature Class to Shapefile geoprocessing tool to convert a lyr to a shp (see code example below).

BASEMAP_LOADER_Counties_lyr = "C:\\Temp\\BASEMAP.LOADER.Counties.lyr"
Temp__2_ = "C:\\Temp"

# Process: Feature Class To Shapefile (multiple)...
gp.FeatureClassToShapefile_conversion("C:\\Temp\\BASEMAP.LOADER.Counties.lyr", Temp__2_)

And you can use the Feature to Raster tool to convert a lyr to raster (see code sample below).

Feature_2_tif = "C:\\Temp\\Feature_2.tif"
BASEMAP_LOADER_Counties_lyr__2_ = "C:\\Temp\\BASEMAP.LOADER.Counties.lyr"

# Process: Feature to Raster...
gp.FeatureToRaster_conversion(BASEMAP_LOADER_Counties_lyr__2_, "OBJECTID", Feature_2_tif, "4832.40368")
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hi both arcpy.FeatureClassToShapefile_conversion and arcpy.FeatureToRaster_conversion did not work... –  thm Aug 1 '11 at 12:10
    
in most of the cases it says: The value is not a Feature Layer. i opened my a.lyr file with arcmap 10, it shows everything fine... –  thm Aug 1 '11 at 12:21
    
for the shapefile conversion exactly it says the following: ExecuteError: Failed to execute. Parameters are not valid. ERROR 000840: The value is not a Feature Layer. Failed to execute (FeatureClassToShapefile). –  thm Aug 1 '11 at 12:24
    
@thm, My two examples were from using ArcGIS 9.3.1. What happens if you try another different lyr using both tools, same error? –  artwork21 Aug 1 '11 at 14:49
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I'm not sure if it helps, but this is from the arcgis docs

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