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http://forums.arcgis.com/threads/312-Beta-10-Lock-Files ArcGIS 10: Lock Files

According to the above post the only way to delete these sr.lock files is to completely exit all ArcGIS programs.

When attempting copy & paste of a recently used shape file (with corresponding mxd closed) this error pops up sr lock error

It will paste a portion of the shape files, but not all of them.

I have both service packs 1 and 2 installed.

Anyone think Esri will have this problem fixed in 10.1?

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Arcgis or ArcCatalog is still running in the background - check your task manager. –  Mapperz Sep 14 '11 at 14:42
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If you want to copy a shapefile (or file geodatabase for that matter) without exiting all Arcgis programs or killing processes open up a Command Prompt window and:

xcopy /c some-shapefile.* d:\some\other\place

The /c means continue even if there are errors. More info about parameters on SS64.

Use the Command Prompt here windows explorer extension (vista and win7 users can just press shift when r-clicking) so you can open a prompt quickly in the folder you need to work in.

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Look in Task Manager for the arcgiscachemgr process. This is what is holding the lock.

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so if that process shows up in task manager we should delete it to kill the lock files? –  sirgeo Sep 14 '11 at 15:38
    
yes the application once 'killed' will remove the lock on the file. –  Mapperz Sep 14 '11 at 15:56
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maybe it's just me, but i think a $20,000 software should perform better than this... anything that requires routinely killing a process in task manager to function properly is poorly designed imho. –  sirgeo Sep 14 '11 at 16:15
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1. using a $20k software to create shapefiles? 2. If you use arccatalog to copy the shapefiles you won't have to kill the cache process. 3. viewer is much cheaper and will create shapefiles. –  Brad Nesom Sep 14 '11 at 16:33
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you will pay a lot of extra money to be able to the things you need, i.e. Maplex, Spatial Analyst, 3D Analyst, etc. –  sirgeo Sep 19 '11 at 13:14
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