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In ArcGIS 10, is there a way to add a field to a feature class even if it currently contains data?

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Add Field ArcGIS 10

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Thanks. I had been trying to do it through ArcCatalog, but this did what I needed. – Seth P. Aug 30 '10 at 15:48
Is there any way to modify an existing field name (not an alias)? – Seth P. Aug 30 '10 at 19:25
Modifying existing field names is at top of ArcGIS Desktop Ideas that users would like to see Esri implement:… – PolyGeo Sep 8 '10 at 0:01

To do this programmatically, use IClass.AddField. (Do NOT use IFieldsEdit.AddField on an existing dataset).

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In Python, using the ArcPy site package, you'd use


You cannot modify the actual field name of an existing field. I would LOVE to be able to do that, but even if they implement it, I bet it'll be similar to renaming in SQL. That is, the net effect is a renamed field, but the underlying operation is: make new field with new field name, copy contents from old field, drop old field name.

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