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I'm trying out a mixed environment here at work with PostGIS and ArcSDE together.

I'm having some problems creating feature classes with custom SRIDs. I imagined that all that I needed to do was update spatial_ref_sys table, but it did not worked also.

Any tips on how to achive this with custom SRIDS? With normal srids it's working just fiiine.


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Hi, Have you registered the PostGIS Spatial Column with SDE or are you using a Query Layer? – CDBrown Oct 15 '10 at 4:01
I'm sorry for the delay. I'm just trying to create a feature dataset in arcmap with the custom srid. – George Oct 15 '10 at 13:08
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Can you create features with custom SRIDs if you use the ST_GEOMETRY geom-type, or do you get same error for both postgis and ST_GEOM geometrytypes?

Another question is: does your user have rw-rights on the spatial_ref_sys table within the public (postgis) schema?

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Hello Peter, I cannot create any type of feature classes with custom SRIDS (independent of geometry storage type). When I last checked, yes it the user had rw rights on spatial_ref_sys. I'll check again thought! Thanks! – George Dec 11 '10 at 16:17

If you are attempting to create a Feature Dataset then I believe (this means I have not tested) you need to register the PostGIS with SDE. As you use the sdelayer command line reference it seems this cannot easily be done for a Feature Dataset. I got this from the article attached.

I will actually set up a test of this as I am unsure just thought it was worth posting

Have Fun, CDB

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Hello CDBrown, the feature dataset was just an example. I can't create anything with a custom SRID. – George Oct 21 '10 at 16:24
Thanks I will have a test and get back to you – CDBrown Oct 22 '10 at 2:42
sorry for the delay my other work has gtten in the way, still on my to do list – CDBrown Dec 16 '10 at 23:44

The SRID is embedded in your geometry columns, you cannot change it just by changing the spatial_ref_sys, geometry tables.. , you have to register it in postgis when you first load your tables (there is no function to change tables that already have SRID). I am on the virge of finishing the mixed environment you are talking about.

First, load your tables in postgis with the SRID you want. LAST, use sdelayer -o register to register it to the arcgis geodatabase.

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