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I am trying to delete a table field: From ArcMap table view, I right click on the field heading and select Delete field. Unfortunately, I obtain the following message:

Failed to delete the selected fields.
General function failure [TABLE_NAME]

and the field remains.

How should I proceed to delete this damned field?

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+1 facing same problem – Sunil Jul 10 '13 at 8:05
You don't say what the table is or how it was generated or its source format? Is it part of a geometric network for example? You would not be able to alter the schema of such datasets depending upon the license level you have. Is it an event layer built from a csv or excel file, if so these are read only. You need to provide more information. – Hornbydd Jul 10 '13 at 9:21
up vote 4 down vote accepted

Try the delete field tool and make sure that table is not in use elsewhere.

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Indeed, the table was in used by an ArcGIS server service. By just stopping the service, it became possible to delete the field. – julien Jul 10 '13 at 9:26

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