File geodatabases are a proprietary data format created by ESRI.

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File Geodatabase (*.gdb) support in QGIS?

Following questions: Open Source Tool capable of reading Esri File Geodatabase (.gdb)? How to access file geodatabase in Qgis? How to get FGDB support in GDAL 1.9 without compiling? I have spent ...
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Whether to use File Geodatabase (*.gdb), Personal Geodatabase (*.mdb) or shapefiles?

I am a bit confused on the topic of geodatabases. Previously, I have used geodatabases as an easy way to keep all files together rather than having dozens of shapefiles all over the place. And it's ...
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Can ESRI's File Geodatabase API be Redistributed?

ESRI's file geodatabase API can now be used with GDAL/OGR - http://www.gdal.org/ogr/drv_filegdb.html however each individual seems to have to login to ESRI and download the API files individually. For ...
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Bulk field rename in file geodatabase

I have a file geodatabase with several hundred feature classes in it. Some feature classes have a field that got named incorrectly, and it got named "SCHEMA_FEATURECLASS_ENTITY" instead of just ...
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How to get size of file geodatabase feature class on disk?

Is there a simple way to determine the amount of hard drive space a feature class takes up? I feel like I'm missing something simple, but I don't recall a method that does so. You would think that ...
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Recalculating full extent of File Geodatabase feature class?

I have a featureclass in an Esri file geodatabase. When I edit the features using the editor in ArcMap, and I delete most of my features and keeping only the ones in the middle, the zoom to layer ...
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How to unit test ArcObjects with Mocking?

I'm a huge fan of unit testing, but still make use of a FGDB to grab features for running unit tests against when using the ArcObjects framework. Is anyone successfully using mocking against thinks ...
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How to get FGDB support in GDAL 1.9 without compiling?

I was hoping that I could use the 'master' (nightly-build) version of QGIS to get fgdb support without compiliing (I'm not a developer and frankly have wasted days of productive time trying to get ...
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Issues Using Dropbox to Sync File GeoDatabases

I've been able to accumulate a large free dropbox account and use it to Sync my GIS databases across several different PC's. I've just started doing this and havent had any problems thus far. But I am ...
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Is it possible to edit layers from a FGDB - File Geodatabse in QGIS?

I think I've found the answer (you can't edit FGDB's) but there seem to be few reports around that it is possible to edit FGDB files in QGIS. Can anyone advise if it's possible to setup QGIS ...
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Why does ArcGIS “forget” my specified default GDB for a map document (mxd)?

I'm using ArcGIS 10.0 on Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate. I've noticed that sometimes ArcMap's geoprocessing tools as well as scripts seem to forget my setting in the mxd (confirmed via arcpy.env.workspace ...
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Why Intersect gives ERROR 999999: Error executing function Invalid Topology [Too many lineseg endpoints]?

I am trying to run an Intersect process in arcgis 10 sp 3 with 2 file sets (aspect and slope) from up to a 1m DEM across an area of 65,000sq km. The aspect has 9,930,384 records and the slope has ...
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How to perform Full Text Search of Esri geodatabase?

How would you go about searching the contents of features, the values in the attribute columns, in an Esri geodatabase? (preference for file-gdb, but SDE would be useful too.) I can envisage workflow ...
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How to convert GDB data to shapefiles without ArcGIS?

We've got some data (supposedly it's a simple collection of points--or at least that is all we need to extract) from a 3rd party in a GDB folder (I don't know how to tell what version) but we don't ...
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What are the Best-practices for deploying services, data, & code to an ArcGIS production server?

We have a production GIS viewer that runs on a production server. Testing new development/data is done on a test server and we develop on a different server also. At the moment, a lot of the ...
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Building FGDB support for GDAL 1.10 on Ubuntu

Because data.gc.ca is now distributing some of its data in FGDB format (example: Plant Hardiness Zones), I would like to be able to use it with gdal/QGIS. The compile/install is not going as planned, ...
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File Geodatabase API .NET Wrapper - Determine if Table/Feature Class Is Locked

I have been using the file gdb api .NET wrapper, and it has suited my needs quite nicely (vs using ArcObjects). One of the things I have yet to figure out if there is a proper way to determine if a ...
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How to create something similar to GDB in QGIS?

I used to work with ArcGIS. There I had geodatabases in which I could store several shapefiles with defined layer styles. Is there a way to do something similar with QGIS? The background is: we are ...
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Creating a table containing all filenames (and possibly metadata) in a File Geodatabase

I need to create a metadata-table for all files in a File Geodatabase or Spatial Database. It would be awesome if it were possible to automatically be updated with new filenames, and possibly even ...
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Check validity of file geodatabase using arcpy

AS the title suggests, how can I whether a GDB file is valid using arcpy? One approach is, only checking the whether the name ends with .gdb, but that's not a robust approach. Because a normal file ...
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Building GDAL With Read/Write Support of FileGDB

Has anyone been successful in building gdal with read/write support of file geodatabases? I am able to build successfully, just never see FileGDB as in the supported vector formats. Here is what I ...
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FME - How to send list of files to reader

I have an Excel spreadsheet which contains the file paths of MapInfo files that I want to convert to a File Geodatabase using FME. Is it possible to send this spreadsheet to the MapInfo reader so ...
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How to collapse folder structure into single folder using ArcGIS ModelBuilder?

I have a single folder, let's call it Folder1, which contains multiple folders; FolderA, FolderB, FolderC.....FolderZ. Folders A-Z each contain multiple file geodatabases. Folders A-Z do not contain ...
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QGIS2--How long to open 3.5GB File.GDB directory vector layer? Seconds, minutes, hours?

I am a new GIS user, and have started with QGIS 2.01 Dufour. I am trying to open an ESRI-style File.GDB (v10) directory that has a 3.5GB gdbtable file that is of Texas state hypsometry/topography. ...
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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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Geometry errors when importing data from ESRI file geodatabase to PostGIS

When I run the following command to import by data from an ESRI fgdb to postgis... ogr2ogr -f "PostgreSQL" -a_srs "EPSG:28355" -t_srs "EPSG:3857" PG:"dbname=tp_test user=postgres port=54321 ...
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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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How to copy File Geodatabase, in its entirety, while it is in use?

I'm wondering if there is any way to duplicate an in use File Geodatabase? The Geodatabase I have is being used by ArcGIS Server for a few of our web mapping applications. I understand I could stop ...
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ESRI GDB Support in GDAL / ogr2ogr on Mac OS X 10.8

How do you incorporate support for ESRI's fgdb format into GDAL / ogr2ogr on Mac OS X 10.8?
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Slow FileGDB Performance in GDAL

I am attempting to write many ASPRS LAS point files into an ESRI File Geodatabase using my compilation of GDAL 1.9.2. The FileGDB driver for GDAL/OGR appears to be incredibly slow when writing large ...
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Data ETL workflow optimization

I have a legacy workflow that I would like to optimize and automate (at least partially). The current workflow goes like this. I receive a MS Access .mdb file containing a single table. This table ...
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How to export data from ArcGis to .txt? [duplicate]

I have a file-geodatbase,it is a road network of a city. Now I want to export the data into .txt file for map matching, I have installed ArcGis for Desktop and not used ArcGis before, what should I ...
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How to compare two Geodatabases

I would like to compare the data of two geodatabases, in SDE or a file geodatabase, to detect the changes occured between them , i've tried to compare the Xml workspace document of both databases ...
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Why can't I checkout points from FGDB?

I'm using ArcGIS 10.1 with ArcPad 10.0. I am trying to learn how to use the check-out and check-in functionality with a file geodatabase. The database I'm has 13 feature classes in it, most of which ...
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How to solve “Cannot create topology” in ArcCatalog?

I have a FileGeodatabase in ArcGIS 10.0 with a feature dataset and five feature classes (3 polygon shapes, 1 line shape, 1 point shape). I'm trying to create a topology to verify some vectors. ...
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Can I verify that attribute indexes are being used in a query from ArcObjects?

We have some software as part of a larger project written using ArcObjects via .NET. This software migrates and merges data from multiple file geodatabases in one schema to a single file geodatabase ...
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How do I read a File Geodatabase using R?

File geodatabase (fgdb) includes numerous file geodatabase tables. As far as I know they exist as dbf files, but are within a Database.gdb. In ArcCatalog, the file pathway resembles ...
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Move .SHP from .MXD to gdb [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to move SHP to gdb with ArcView license? Let's cut it short, I have numerous mxd with layer coming from .SHP and various servers WMS that I need to move to a gdb. ...
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How to find out if a file geodatabase was compressed?

I work with a bunch of file geodatabases and some of them are compressed. I want to find out quickly which ones are and which aren't. The Compress File Geodatabase Data GP tool doesn't seem to have ...
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How to add files within file geodatabase (*.gdb) folder into ArcMap?

I'm trying to use ArcMap to make a basemap and I currently have an unzipped folder full of files including .atx, .gbdindexes, .gdbtable, .gdbtablx, and .spx. I'm well aware that these files cannot be ...
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What is the relative popularity of ESRI GDB files vs GDB over RDBMS for custom web apps?

Our organization is interested in knowing the frequency with which people who are using ESRI geodatabases choose GDB files over GDB in relational databases for serving web applications. Opinions and ...
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Where can I find the various Esri tools to design a geodatabase?

There is a confusing multitude of tools written by Esri and others (some supported, some unsupported) for designing and diagramming a geodatabase. Here is an attempt at creating a definitive list of ...
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Using File GDB API .NET Wrapper in ASP.NET Web Service

I am trying to use the File GDB API (1.2) .NET wrapper in an asp.net web service with no luck. The website will not load spitting out error: "Could not load file or assembly 'Esri.FileGDBAPI.DLL' or ...
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Problems with a FileGeodatabase locking

We have file geodatabase on a network drive, version 9.2, which locks every time a specific machine starts up ArcMap 10.0 or ArcCatalog 10.0. This machine isn't actually reading anything from this ...
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Calculate area of interest based on X events within Y kilometers within Z days

I'm currently in Afghanistan and need some geospatial support. I have a customer that needs to know where Areas of Interest (AOI) exist. AOIs are defined as 3 types of events within 1KM of each other ...
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Gdal Python Bindings and File Geodatabase API

I'm trying to get python 2.7 to work with GDAL/OGR and an ESRI file geodatabase. There have been a few similar questions asked but the answers don't fully resolve my situation. I have installed the ...
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Calculating the space a feature class will use in ArcSDE?

Is it possible to get a good estimate on how much space a feature class will take once loaded into ArcSDE from how big they are in a FGDB? I have some feature classes in a FGDB, where some are a few ...
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Preparations for a transition to ArcSDE [closed]

So I'm a GIS Intern for a city government, we are preparing to purchase ArcSDE and implement it to our current GIS setup. I'm curious as to what should be done before it is purchased. Our GIS consists ...
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Why does ArcGIS 10.1 Upgrade Geodatabase tool throw ERROR 999999: Error executing function?

I am trying to upgrade File Geodatabases using a Python script that runs fine until the step where it runs the Upgrade Geodatabase tool. The error is: "ERROR 999999: Error executing ...
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Need links on DWG to GDB conversion using FME Workbench

I am using FME workbench (trial version) to convert .DWG to .GDB (ESRI Geodatabase [file based]). I have mapped the Writer attributes with the exact Writer attributes. In fact, in the test database ...