ESRI geodatabase is a particular database schema designed by ESRI for managing "layers", "versioning", "topology" and other ESRI application specific storage requirements.

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What is ArcGIS for Desktop (and Geodatabase) equivalent to Regions of ArcInfo Workstation Coverages?

Here's one for those who've been around the block a few times. ArcInfo Workstation from days of yore had an intelligent data model called Regions or Region sub coverages. With this model one could ...
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Which free/cheap tools can open ESRI Geodatabase Files?

Ok I don't need anything advanced, I just don't know anything about this GIS business. I'm trying to get local parcel information and the government site states it is in "ESRI geodatabase format." ...
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How is the default label field chosen by ArcMap?

I have 2 questions: I know how to manually go to Layer Properties>Labels tab>Label Field and choose my label field. I also know that I could set up my primary label field and save the setting as a ...
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What are the differences between Append and load data in ArcGIS?

I confused about differences between Append tool in Arctoolbox and Load data in Geodatabase. I think both of them are the same in the result feature class.Both of them use a default output feature ...
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How much database bloat is reasonable?

I use personal geodatabases to hold all the data for my projects (probably around 10-20 feature classes across 2-4 datasets on average). I use the personal gdb because I like being able to hook into ...
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How can I find out Persional GeoDatabase version?

I am working ArcMap software. How can I find out Personal Geodatabase Version? I have client file. But I want to find out which version they have to used. I am looking for your guidance
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How to add feature class from ESRI personal geodatabase (.mdb) in QGIS

How do you add a feature class in a ESRI personal gdb in qgis. I understand this can be done through the option add vector layer and select geodatabase. But what after that ? It doesn't allow me to ...
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Is this possible with ArcGIS using replication?

I work for a telecom company dealing with fiber management. We have a sister company south of us who we share some fiber and fiber equipment with. Both of us will be using ArcSDE databases. We want ...
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How can I reduce the size of my file geodatadase?

We're using file geodatabase for tax mapping. we save building photos and there are 6000 buildings. The size of this data 2GB. So loading the data takes a lot of time we are not unable to do work ...
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FME - Can I write back into my original file geodatabase

I have a gas pipeline network which I have stored in an File Geodatabase as polylines. I've created an FME workspace to split the pipelines at fittings (valves, reducers, tees, etc) which are stored ...
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How to programmatically determine the size of a feature class in a file geodatabase?

My answer to the question How to get the size of a file geodatabase feature class on disk? shows how one can enable a column in ArcCatalog showing the file size of FGDB feature classes in the contents ...
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GIS Database Migration Project (Oracle to ArcGIS)

I have been tasked with converting an Oracle Database into an ESRI file geodatabase. The data represents a gas network. The client's Oracle database has over 400 tables, 120 of which are spatial. ...
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How is IValidate.GetInvalidRules supposed to work?

we are currently trying to programmatically validate features against geodatabase-defined rules. This includes attribute rules as well as connectivity and relationship rules. We have consulted the ...
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Can I update features in an SDE database from python without using an ArcEditor License?

I have a non spatial data set that I would like to keep sync'ed in SDE as a spatial set. So I would like to be able to insert, update, and delete without using one of my two ArcEditor licenses since ...
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When to use multiple geodatabases?

I'm working on a project involving one database , but the customer's needs have evolved, so he needs to manage multiple projects. I tried to work with adding an id for each project, which gave me more ...
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How to undo ArcGIS “Move Edits to Base” mistake?

I'm trying to help a client who mistakenly checked the "Move Edits to Base" option when versioning a feature class in ArcGIS. They would now like to fix this mistake. However, they don't want to ...
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Changes in synchronized replica not shown in ArcMap or ArcCatalog without refreshing

I am synchronizing a one-way replica in ArcEditor using Python. I tried adding RefreshActiveView and RefreshCatalog to the code, but I still need to refresh the synchronized database to see the ...
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How to convert high precision dataset to low precision

A high precision dataset was loaded from a file geodatabase into arcsde 9.3.1. The dataload was achieved by copy/paste in ArcCatalog. A custom tool (arcobjects) that extracts from the dataset to a ...
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Automated geodatabase replication with offline editors

I would like to design an application that would use an SDE database with simple features and a geometric network. That geodatabase would then be replicated out to any number of personal geodatabases ...
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Survey Data to GIS database

This is a General Question on a possible workflow for Survey Data directly to ArcGIS In most GIS/Survey workflows there is a field collection team and backoffice GIS team. When the availability of ...
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What are spatial and attribute indexes?

What is the difference between a spatial index and an attribute index. What are their purposes?
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Data organization strategies for .csv and .shp

I'm organizing a large amount of data for a project and the data is stored in .csv format, with a code to relate each row to a polygon in a .shp. I was planning on converting the .csv data into .dbf ...
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Can I store an ArcObject inside a BLOB or XML field?

I'm having this crazy idea here...Is it possible to store an ESRI object inside a blob field inside a geodatabase? If not, perhaps a serialized XML representation? I'm thinking about storing ...
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Trouble creating a query table

I need to join one feature class and one table. This is a one to multiple join, therefore, my only option seems to be by creating a query table. My problem is that the fields I want to join do not ...
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When is it better to use 64 bit File GDB access?

The beta 2 release File Geodatabase API includes 64 bit support. Esri says arcobjects is still the "preferred" method to interact with the file gdb. However, arcobjects has no 64 bit support. ...
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How can a 9.2 user access a geodatabase created in 9.3?

I have a colleague that uses 9.2 and has access to our server in which I have multiple geodatabases that were created in 9.3. Is there any way for her to access the data?
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arcpy - how to check if a domain contains a particular coded value?

How can I check if a domain contains a particular coded value? How to check if domain already exists? shows how to verify whether a domain exists in a geodatabase. However, I can't see how to check ...
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Determining ESRI File Geodatabase release version?

Is there any method in Python, ArcObjects, or the File GDB API for determining the release version (9.3, 10.0, etc.) of a file geodatabase? There is a need to find all of our shared 10.0 version file ...
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Export all coded value domains from a geodatabase

On the ESRI-L mailing list this morning there was a question about how to see or export all the coded value domains for a geodatabase. The goal is to present the content of the domains in a tabular ...
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60GB .gdbtable file in my file geodatabase – what is it, and can I delete or make smaller?

The title says it all really – I have a single file named 'a0000000.gdbtable’ in my default file geodatabase that is 60 GB in size. I have a number of other files with .gdbtable extension that aren't ...
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Does File Geodatabase performance degrade as it fills up?

I'm having a memory leak issue. Upon investigating this more, it seems the file based geodatabase I write to in a loop, is growing very large, and as it grows, it significantly degrades the ...
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Implementing INSPIRE Metadata with Geodatabase

I would like to begin by saying that I have never implemented INSPIRE metadata with my spatial datasets before. I am undertaking a project which requires my geodatabase metadata to be in the standards ...
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Why shouldn't data be loaded into an enterprise geodatabase logged in with sde user?

I've read somewhere that it is not good practice to load data into an enterprise geodatabase using the sde user. I was wondering what the reason for this is? Thanks.
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How do I convert many .dxf files to one gdb file?

I am using ArcView and ArcCatalog 9.2 with the Data Interoperability extension and I have 159 .dxf files that are comprised of 6 files; a dessin DAO, an annotation DAO, a multipatch DAO; a point DAO, ...
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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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Is there a performance hit from using a Feature Dataset?

I vaguely remember being taught not to use a Feature Dataset to make things "look neat" in the database, and that the Feature Dataset should only be used when there was some sort of spatial ...
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Geodatabase to PostGIS character encoding

Similar to another question I posted previously, I'm trying to import datasets from Esri geodatabases into a PostGIS database directly, and inside the data there are greek letters and symbols that are ...
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How to load mdb geodatabases in QGIS for MAC?

I've been unsuccessfully looking for a way to add data from a .mdb geodatabase into QGIS for mac. Using the add vector layer, .mdb is not available in the filetypes, and in the database connection I ...
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How to repair paths of an unmanaged raster catalog in file GDB?

I'm using ArcGIS 9.3.1 and I have an unmanaged file geodatabase with raster catalogs in it. Tiles are loaded inside the catalog and each tile has a "Full Path" property which is environment specific. ...
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How do I render data quicker in Arcmap?

Is there a way around to speed up the data into ArcMap ? When I converted the raster to polygon and some data would load up quicker and some other load slow. I am wondering if I could add the spatial ...
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One-to-many relationship classe(s)/table(s) used for monitoring

I realize that this may be a bit simplistic for this blog, so I apologize in advance. However, for someone with a working knowledge of ArcGIS, I've had issues figuring this out on my own. I have a ...
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How to Add FileGDB driver to PyGDAL installation

I installed ArcGIS 10.0 and it installed Python 2.6.5 with it. Later, I installed pyGDAL using the windows installer within that Python installation. I cannot find a specific place where GDAL is ...
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Why do file geodatabase and SDE readers produce different fme_geometry types?

I have one very simple workbench that I am running against both SDE (9.3) and FGDB (10.0) sources. I noticed two different fme_geometry values for same type of objects. For the first one, i.e SDE ...
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Plugin Workspace: when to close an OleDbDataReader?

I'm developing a plugin workspace for ArcGIS. Internally, the plugin uses an OleDBconnection. All of the sample code I see seems to stress the importance of closing and disposing the connection. ...
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Search if field exists in feature class

I have a few dozen feature classes, one of which contains the field I am looking for. They are stored in several different file geodatabases. Is there a quick way of searching each feature class to ...
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Looking for good resources for batch files in relation to databases/geodatabases

I hesitated a bit before asking this, as it isn't necessarily a GIS specific question, though I'm using it to update geodatabases. I have found plenty of hits on a Google search, but frankly, many of ...
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How to process large shapefiles faster in ArcGIS for Desktop?

I have huge line and polygon shapefiles that I want to edit with some geoprocessing tasks (clip, buffer, erase,...). Altough my computer is not that slow, I am annoyed of waiting up to 15 hours for ...
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How to programmatically work with featureclasses from multiple geodatabases?

I have produced a Python script which creates multiple buffers of specific (listed) featureclasses within a geodatabase. This is achieved by running each feature through a for loop. I would like to ...
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How to a sync file geodatabase across multiple office locations?

I am planning to have a work project with multiple file geodatabases, fgdb (consisting of images, grids, feature class, etc) and these will be passed along to three regional offices and will sit on ...
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For a ESRI Geodatabase Feature Class, which table holds the spatial reference?

For a shapefile, the spatial reference / coordinate system information is held in the .prj file. I would like to know which file or table in a geodatabase holds the equivalent information for a ...