I have a feature class with a string field that I want to update the length from 10 to 25. Is there a way or a tool to update this property without having to create a new field and using field calculator to move over the records from old to new field?
This script below does what I want, the only thing is it pushes the updated field to the end of the table (not keeping the original field order).
Another option that seemed promissing is to use the Feature Class to Feature Class tool (access this tool by right clicking a layer in ArcCatolog and selecting Export>to Geodatabase single option) . It does create a new layer, however you can update field names and property information. It also appears that you can change the field order using the "Move Input Field Up/Down" arrows, but they seem to not work.
There has to be a solution to just edit field properties without having to create a new field?