I have a piece of software (not Arc) that runs nightly on a non-production machine which updates shapefile features from an external database. Periodically I would like to delete all of the features in the shapefile (not the file itself, which must remain) and let the software "rebuild" the shapefile from scratch. I would like to automate this process.
I don't have any GIS software currently installed on that machine. I was hoping that I could script a routine in Python that would automatically delete the features, much like Arc's Delete Features geoprocessing tool.
Are there any Python modules that would allow me to do this? Preferrably open-source? I looked at Shapely and PyShp but didn't see anything that would allow me to delete the features in mass or that matched a WHERE clause. They can write features and analyze them, but haven't seen DELETE FEATURES functions anywhere.
I must certainly be missing something simple...