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Whenever I run a geoprocess overnight, it seems my computer reboots. Does ArcGIS save some log file information? Where does it save it?

For example, when I run a large dataset or image process I need to perform overnight, does it save the logfile that tells you what it performs from start to finish?

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If you have logging turned on, you will be able to see your geoprocessing results in a log file. The "Log geoprocessing operations to a log file" option (under Geoprocessing [menu] -> Geoprocessing Options... in ArcGIS 10 or under Tools [menu] -> Options -> Geoprocessing [tab] in ArcGIS 9.3) will do what you're looking for.

Default locations for these files are C:\Documents and Settings\<user name>\Application Data\ESRI\ArcToolbox\History in Windows XP and C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\(Local or LocalLow or Roaming)\ESRI\ArcToolbox\History in Vista (and presumably 7).

More details from Esri here.

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hello, what's the file location for a Windows Server 2008? – Ligia Nov 22 '13 at 13:28

You can also review the process by looking at the geoprocessing results window.

As mentioned by nmpeterson, go to the Geoprocessing menu, but then go to --> Results --> Current Session. Expand the Messages option to review the actions and processes.

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I'm sorry, I just noticed that you've used the tag for arcgis-9.3.1. The Geoprocessing menu and results option is available in 10.0. :( – JLP Wisc. Nov 15 '11 at 19:59
JLP Wisc, It's okay. Thanks! – PROBERT Nov 16 '11 at 1:54

I know this is an old question but I like to look at the ArcToolbox History folder. It is a more complete picture of what you are doing - ie it will show you all the inputs and outputs for building a Service Definition file not just GP tools used.


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Thank you for the info. – PROBERT Dec 31 '14 at 19:28

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