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I have a MXD with some layers that have parentheses in them. I'd like to rename them via script.

Is this a valid approach?

import re
map = arcpy.mapping.MapDocument("CURRENT")
layers = arcpy.mapping.ListLayers(map)
for layer in layers:
        newName = re.sub("[()]", "",
        arcpy.Rename_management(layer, newName)

Rename_management is giving me an error:

Runtime error : ERROR 000840: The value is not a Data Element.

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Andy, can you please upload the full and right script? i need such script – newGIS Nov 5 '14 at 11:34
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This is because arcpy.Rename_management does not work on a map layer object - it works on objects on the disk.

Instead try: = newName is a read/write attribute of the arcpy.mapping.Layer class.

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Great answer - Rename_management is documented here… – PolyGeo Mar 20 '12 at 0:29

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