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Why can't I import arcpy?

>>> import arcpy Traceback (most recent call last): File "<interactive input>", line 1, in <module> File "C:\Python27\lib\arcpy\__init__.py", line 21, in <module> ...
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Make Buffer like Offset in Arcpy

I would like to make a buffer for a polyline and get as Output a Polygon with the same angles as the polyline, having not arcs, like in ordinary buffers. i tried the FLAT option in arcpy, but it's ...
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How can I more efficiently select related records?

Below is the code I'm using to replicate the "related tables" button in ArcMap. In ArcMap that button selects features in one feature class or table based on the selection of features in another ...
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How to keep spatial reference using arcpy.RasterToNumPyArray?

I am using ArcGIS 10.1, and want to create a new raster based on two preexisting rasters. The RasterToNumPyArray has a good example which I want to adapt. import arcpy import numpy myArray = ...
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Using newly created features in the next part of a python script

Good Afternoon I am trying to write a python script which buffers a large number of features from a geodatabase (but not all) and then dissolves the newly created buffer shapefiles together. ...
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Copy a polygon geometry in Arcpy

This to me sounded very simple so I am probably missing something basic here. What I need to do is to create a copy of a polygon shapefile to a new shapefile with slightly different attributes. Where ...
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How to programmatically add shapefile to data frame in Arcmap

I have a toolbox with python script which creates a shapefile from JSON txt file, but it does not show the generated shapefile in arcmap, i have to add it from the output location. What code shall I ...
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Is there a way to delete a raster using arcpy / ArcGIS 10.0?

I'm trying to find a way to delete a raster dataset (in any format) using arcpy. As it is now I have been writing custom functions for each file type (eg, delete directory and pyramids for grids, ...
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How do I calculate a weighted centroid with respect to a raster, e.g. population weighted centroid

In ArcGIS 10.0, how do I calculate the weighted centroid of a collection of polygons, where I want the weight to be a raster layer. In particular I am using a raster of population counts and would ...
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How to check via Arcpy if ArcMap is currently in an edit session or not?

I've created a Python add-in button that helps speed up my coworkers workflow by copying one feature class attribute to another. It uses the arcpy.UpdateCursor function to update a row in the target ...
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How to Make a New Shapefile Based on Attributes of an Existing Shapefile?

In my last post I had an issue where I wanted to create multiple shapefiles based on only one attribute field (years). How to do it was answered in that post. I want to make that tool more dynamic so ...
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Good practices for storing connection info while deploying geoprocessing tool on Server

I have a geoprocessing tool written in python. It will be deployed on ArcGIS for Server 10.1 as a GeoProcessing Service and it's processing workflow includes some manipulations with data in SDE ...
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Problem with the where clause in ArcGIS when dealing with variables

I am writing a python script for ArcGIS. I have an input feature class which contains multiple pipelines which is saved as a variable InputPipeline. I would like to iterate through the pipelines and ...
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How to check if domain already exists?

I am trying to check the existence of domains in my file geodatabase which contains 4 domains (automatically populated after I created some annotation feature classes). My code is as follows: import ...
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Create a polyline buffer with Arcpy

I'm trying to write a python script with ArcPy that draws arcs and I've achieved something with creating a buffer and then clipping it with a bounding box so I only keep the length I need (I thought ...
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Using SearchCursor to access & export values in a raster table

I am desperately trying to export the values in a raster table to a .txt file. I've seen some other folk post about this, but for some reason can't get the code to work in my case. I have a raster, ...
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Calculating slope cell-by-cell in ArcPy

I am relatively new to the ArcGIS-Python environment and want to calculate elevation raster slope. But it says "ValueError: setting an array element with a sequence". Below code is what I have. Any ...
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Arcpy cursors, WHERE clauses, and date/time fields

I'm having trouble making a selection of rows that meet certain date criteria using my arcpy.UpdateCursor(). I need to update records in a field in a geodatabase table with an ascending value based on ...
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Create a definition query for groups of layers: Is it possible?

I have a large number of groups created, with each group having many layers. I have looked for a way to set a definition query for all the layers in each group but haven't found anything. Is it even ...
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How to use Arcpy UpdateCursor to update a field?

This should be simple but I've spent days trying everything to get it to work. I need to update a field in a layer based on two other fields. I can't even get it to update based on one field. Could ...
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Is there a way to refresh imported modules in a ArcGIS Python Toolbox?

When using a python toolbox (.pyt) in ArcMap, I'll typically follow a pattern where the .pyt file itself is simply a wrapper to collect input arguments and define the tools themselves. Supporting ...
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data driven pages format

I have an issue, but I don't even know the terms needed to search for an answer. I'm exporting the pages to png files. The pages are divided by lots. Each page has a label with the lot number. In ...
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How to add Radio Buttons to Python Script tool dialog?

I have 3 Point shapefiles for 3 species that contains the accession points of each. The user needs to specify only one species at a time. I need to write a script tool for adding the selected Point ...
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problem with “Con” conditional expression

I created a python script where I use Con (Spatial Analyst). Till now I passed the where clause value as value>1000 and it worked fine for me. But recently I found some raster on which Con ...
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How to clip/export multiple selected vector layers in a map to extent of another raster/vector layer in ArcGIS?

Is there a way to clip/export selected vector layers (more than one) in a map to the extent of another raster/vector layer at a time?? in Arcgis or any other software. I am using Arcgis10. I am ...
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How not to Copy Features when too many would be output?

This question has already been posed to the ArcGIS Geoprocessing forum but I have had no responses there. I have a 3.5 million polygon layer (cadastre) stored in Oracle via ArcSDE. I use a polygon ...
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arcpy.mapping.ListLayoutElements() takes longer in a tool than in ArcMap

Has anyone else noticed that accessing elements from arcpy.mapping.ListLayoutElements() through a tool script takes longer than within ArcMap? Whether using a specific name, wildcard or nothing, the ...
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(New at Python Scripting) Creating a Loop so i can replace text in page layout in multiple mxds instead of one mxd at a time

I found some code on a website that will perform a search and replace on page layout text elements. Currently you can only do it one MXD at a time. I was hoping to change the code so I can do a search ...
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How to replace arcpy.CalculateField_management with an update cursor?

I'd like to replace this expression arcpy.CalculateField_management(bufferFile, "Shape_Area", "float('!shape.area@squaremeters!')", "PYTHON") with an arcpy.da.updatecursor. The reason for this is ...
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What is the most efficient way to get a list of featureclasses from a large ArcSDE database?

I have a SDE DB which consists of 40 feature datasets and around 300 featureclasses. I need to get the full list of all featureclasses whose name does not contain "ARCHIVE". It takes several minutes ...
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Convert polyline with Left ID and Right ID to polygons with ID

I have a polyline shape file which contain Left Id and Right ID information and struggling in converting this polyline layer to polygon with ID via arcpy. I am using ArcGIS(editor) license so feature ...
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How to get the editor's current layer in ArcPy?

In ArcObjects, it is possible to retrieve the currently selected editable layer using IEditor3.CurrentTemplate.Layer, or IEditLayers.CurrentLayer. Is it possible to do the same thing in ArcPy? In ...
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How to copy an SDE geodatabase to a file geodatabase using Python?

I would like to make an exact copy (domains, feature datasets, feature classes, etc.) of an SDE database to a file geodatabase. I have tried several possibilities, including: using the Copy (Data ...
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How to arcpy.Describe() a layer when script is run from outside of ArcMap?

The following code will work if I run it from the ArcMap Python dialog, or from a GP tool, but not from PyScripter IDE: import arcpy mxd = ...
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SelectLayerByLocation not Selecting

I have been trying for some time now to create a script to extract the polygons within an extent, but am unable to get the same result as when I use the user interface manual method. Maybe someone ...
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Select and copy features in ArcMap using Python add-in tool

I'm trying to add a tool to an add-in toobar to select features from an existing feature class and copy them across to another feature class. I need two tools, one for a point and one for a rectangle. ...
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Table to table script using Excel sheets (not workbooks) arcpy

So what I'm trying to do is to create feature classes from the sheets in an Excel table. I can get it to work if I save each excel sheet as its own workbook, however this isn't really what I want. I ...
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What's the centerline of a peninsula?

Given a peninsula stretching north south and the two coast lines connecting in the south, I want to find out which is the place, or rather line, which is furthest away from both coastlines on the ...
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How to update shapefile data source in multiple dataframes and mxds using lyr.replaceDataSource and Python dictionary?

After reorganizing the file structure for some of our GIS base data files I need a script to update the data sources for ~ 100 shapefiles in about 50 mxd files. Some of the mxds have multiple data ...
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How to improve Python script processing speed (performance)?

I've been working on a script which essentially reads in a large amount of point and polygon data and generates frequency values for a featureclass of 2.5 acre hexes covering California. I have found ...
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Is it possible to install ArcPy on a server for use in a geoprocessing web application?

I have a website on my intranet and would like to add some geoprocessing tools to it with Python. Many Users will not have Arc installed on their machines, so I think I need to have the scripts set ...
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Setting Output Parameter in ArcPy for Server Tool

I have published the following script tool (which is wrapped in a model, i.e. just the script tool and all of its parameters) to ArcGIS Server 10. The GP service succeeds when run, but I cannot ...
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Is there a way to get layers from a .msd using arcpy?

I need the name of each layer in an .msd, but I could not find support using arcpy (ArcGIS 10.0). Is there a method I missed? In the current workflow, since I am publishing the document, I use the ...
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ArcMap Draw Camera Range with ArcPy

i am working on some camera data. I have some points which consist of azimuth, angle, distance, and of course coordinate field attributes. In arcmap I want to draw shapes like this: The shape is ...
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Efficiency of python script using SAGA and arcpy

=== SUMMARY === I have created a process to import a LAS point cloud, clip it, select the ground points and save the output as an XYZ.txt for clients to use. This uses a python based script (will ...
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Installing ArcGIS 10 with Python(x,y)

EDIT 10/20/2011: The problem I was having below was caused by trying to install Python(x,y) after ArcGIS 10. I got a new machine yesterday and instructed IT to install Python(x,y) 2.6.5.3 (has ...
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Cannot get rid of lock on file geodatabase and feature class created in Python script

I have a python script, (for ArcGIS 10), that creates a new file geodatabase, creates a new feature class in that file geodatabase and then reads data from an SDE feature class to populate the new ...
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Is there a way to find out which pixel values are around the current pixel?

I would like to write a cycle which takes a current pixel, look at the surrounding pixels, choose the pixel with max/min value and skip to that pixel...and so on. Is there in arcpy such a function ...
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Does arcpy have a method for accessing related records within a cursor?

I have a line feature class that represent sampling segments. I have a data table of field notes in the same Geodatabase that is connected to the feature class with a Relationship Class. Is there a ...
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Using ArcPy to batch merge based on shapefile name?

ArcGIS 10 SP4 Python 2.6.5 I have quite a few shapefiles that are in many different directories. I'd like to pull out groups of like shapefiles, merge them, and move the results into a FGDB. I've ...