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ArcMap running scripts slower if you import Arcpy

I am finding ArcMap runs slower, if you have written a script, which imports arcpy. You may wish to write a script that can be operated in ArcMap, through the python window, or as a standalone ...
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How to create a button in Arcmap 10 to run a Python program?

I have a script that I want to run within ArcMap when a button in a toolbar is clicked, and so far I have only been able to make the script into a script tool. I need it to run as a command, not as a ...
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Fastest methods for modifying attribute tables with Python?

A while ago, I wrote a quick Python function for converting an attribute table to a python dictionary, where the key is taken from a user-specified unique ID field (typically the OID field). ...
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Using ESRI geoprocessing services from a non-ESRI client (Python)?

I'm thinking it should be possible to consume an ESRI Geoprocessing service from a python script without invoking ArcPy or needing an ESRI installation on the client machine. For example I create a ...
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Joining lines when direction is not known

I am struggling with this problem. I have a polyline made up of several segments. Each segment is made up of points, each point identified in 3D space by coordinates and elevation. Together, if ...
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How to split single address field into 4 fields (House No., Direction, Name, Suffix)

I have to do some massaging of our parcel data to make it usable by a program in sheriff helicopters. The program requires one of the following address formats within the fields: Our addresses are ...
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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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How to address the new “Task-Completed” QgsMessageBar in Python?

I am really amazed what huge steps the QGIS development has taken in the last months. The new iconset, the improved Print composer and many more changes to be seen in QGIS 2.0 are really awesome! ...
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The role of '#' in a python 'if':

I recently exported an ArcGIS model to python and was reviewing the script and am confused by the following line: if TRU_W_DatableFeatures == '#' or not TRU_W_DatableFeatures: I can't seem to find ...
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How to split points by polygon?

I am looking for a way to split points by a county polygon feature class. The attached image shows two feature classes: one composed of points and the other a county polygon feature class. The split ...
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How to add a toolbar via python?

Through tutorials I learned how to add a toolbutton to the plugins-toolbar via python. Now I wonder how to add a complete toolbar with toolbarbuttons via python. Can anybody give some example-code? ...
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How do I generate thumbnails images from lots of shapefiles?

A colleague and I recently released an Open Source project called Mapoteca which is a set of Python Scripts that integrates with a GDAL/FWTools installation allowing a full walk-through of directories ...
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update one shapefile attribute table with values from another dbf table

I try to explain here what I am trying to do: I have one shapefile and one independent dbf table with the same fields. In the dbf table all the fields are populated but in the shapefile attribute ...
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Problem with setValue() function in ArcGIS 10

I'm trying to add data to an attribute table in ArcGIS 10 using the following code: def make_floor_no( shapefile ): "Makes header for number of Floors (FLO) and calculates value" fieldName = ...
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concurrent use of in_memory workspace in arcpy

i am using a python script that's eliminating small polygons from a feature class. this script creates temporary feature classes with fixed (hardcoded) names in the "in_memory" workspace. example: ...
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How to get full path of layer selected in drop-down box for ArcGIS Python tool

I have a Python script-based tool in ArcGIS. One of the parameters for the tool is an input raster file, which I've set (using the properties of the tool within the toolbox) to be a Raster Layer. This ...
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How to Rotate Features in ArcGIS for Desktop using ArcPy?

I have a series of polygons that I want to rotate. Each polygon has a rotate angle and an anchor point (xy coordinate) stored as field values. As it happens, all anchor points are on a vertex of ...
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Are there any training resources in SQL and Python as applied to GIS database management?

I've taken ESRI database courses, which have been helpful to my work. But I also need training in SQL and Python as applied to GIS database management. Any suggestions?
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Feeder bus service

First of all, a little background. I work for a regional transit agency. We are making a "diagnostic" about our feeder bus service. We'd like to know what proportion of our users could take the bus ...
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File naming for Enterprise GIS database?

I'm designing the guidelines for an Enterprise GIS database. Part of this database will include customized geoprocessing tools using a variety of software. I'm interested in knowing whether anyone ...
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Python with GDAL and PostGIS as a replacement of ArcGIS

Few times ago, I worked with daily land surface temperature satellite images of an area with the size of Alaska. I had to process around one thousand images. I downloaded them, mosaiced, projected, ...
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How to make a new raster using con() script in Python?

I'm new to Python and have been trying to code a raster calculator style script. Basically, I want to convert a raster that has values 0 to -10,000 into a raster that is populated by 1s between ...
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GDAL RasterizeLayer Doesn't Burn All Polygons to Raster

I am trying to burn a shapefile to a raster using GDAL's RasterizeLayer. I pre-create an area of interest raster from a different shapefile, given a specific pixel size. This AOI then serves as a base ...
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Python script - how to avoid exclusive schema lock error?

I have a script for updating some features on my database every night (just for copying and replacing some features). This features are "read-only". My problem is that I can't avoid that these ...
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Running ArcGIS 10.0 Under Virtualenv

I am working on a Python package that has a mixture of command line tools and ArcToolbox tools. For Python development it is really useful to use VirtualEnv, especially when working with installers. ...
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Difference between python window and toolbox

Are there differences in performance or other potentially critical area between running a python script in the python window versus running it from the toolbox in ArcGIS 10.0? I am asking in cases ...
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What are mystery green lines in Layout View produced during ArcObjects script execution?

Could any of ArcObjects guru tell me, what are these green lines on my Page Layout and what to do, or not to do, so they do not appear? See image attached. I do used ArcObjects from Python. My script ...
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How to split two interscting polygons by the average linestring of the shared area (QGIS / python shapely)

I have two polygons, POLYGON((-5 -5,-5 5,5 5,5 -5,-5 -5)) POLYGON((1 1, 1 7, 7 7, 7 1, 1 1)) and wish to split them evenly. The result should be a split along the red marked line. I'm using ...
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Pros and cons of using Ruby/Rails/RGeo or Python/GeoDjango for a web based GIS

We're at the investigation phase of creating a web based GIS. We're assessing options for an ORM to use in all of our backend import/export and processing routines. From my research, GeoDjango appears ...
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How do I maintain a resposive GUI using QThread with PyQGIS

I have been developing some batch processing tools as python plugins for QGIS 1.8. I have found that while my tools are running the GUI becomes non-responsive. The general wisdom is that the work ...
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Python script to read CAD data to find polygon extents

I have Civil 3D 2012 with ArcGIS for AutoCAD 300. I want to read the extents of a polygon in the drawing. Feature Class in A4A300 = Boundaries, the CAD layer is PROP-BNDY, there is only one polygon on ...
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How to see what lines have changed in an updated Shapefile?

I'm using my county's GIS data to update the roads in OpenStreetMap. I have a copy they published last year and one that was just published, and I'd like to find all the LineStrings that have either ...
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How to call the interpolation plugin from the python console?

I would like to call the QGIS interpolation plugin function (TIN method) (Raster->Interpolate) from python console. I can't find the corresponding function within QGIS API or within the ...
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How to set ArcGIS for Desktop license to lower level for testing whether Python script still runs?

I have a Python script that will need to be given to a client. We are currently evaluating what license level the client will need in order to run the script for their software acquisition purposes. ...
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How to remove spikes in polygons with ArcGIS 10/Python?

In the picture below you can see a polygon layer, representing steep slopes, extracted from a TIN. The polygons have a lot of spikes in them. I would like to remove these spikes while the rest of the ...
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How to buffer a vector shapefile using ogr python?

I am trying to learn how to use ogr in python using the country and populated places datasets from http://www.naturalearthdata.com/downloads/50m-cultural-vectors/. I am attempting to use filters and ...
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Convert an ESRI File GDB Table to Access 2007 ACCDB table programmatically

Does anyone know of a method to convert an ESRI File Geodatabase Table into Access 2007 Table programmatically. I have been trying using the PYODBC library and a series of insert statements but am ...
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Two machines running the same arcpy based software - only one is leaking memory [closed]

Ok, so I'm running a rather large Python application based on arcpy on two separate machines - one of them is leaking memory and one is not. Both are running the same operation in the software. The ...
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Using a different Python IDE/debugger for ArcGIS [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I effectively debug arcpy Python scripts? I prefer to use PyScripter over IDLE as my IDE/debugger for writing GP scripts in Python. In ArcGIS, however, when I ...
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How to extract the number of vertices in each polygon?

I have ArcGIS Desktop 10.2 and my challenge is how to extract the of number vertices in each polygon for all features like this: I have many parcels in my feature class and I want to extract ...
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Generating GeoJSON with Python

Hi I want to programatically create a GeoJSON file using polygons from a shapefile but adding attributes from my own application. This is easily done for a shapefile: def ...
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How to workaround large mosaic process which is failing?

I need to mosaic about 550Gb of tif imagery together and the software I have tried keeps failing. The area has been split into zones so that the smallest has approx 200 tiles. I have used the latest ...
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How to remove numeric characters from alphanumeric value in field calculation?

I have a field containing alphanumeric values in the following format: A-AA00 Sometimes they are also A-AAA0 I need a Python script I can put in the field calculator in ArcMap 10 that will at ...
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How to include variable in where clause of arcpy.Select_analysis?

I am trying to loop through a shapefile, selecting each feature in turn and copying it to a temporary shapefile to by included in a union analysis. I'm using a cursor to find the ID name for each ...
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Basic Field Calculator Python Question

I'm trying to used the Python syntax in ArcGIS 10's field calculator and am thoroughly confused. So far the most basic calculations are failing me, and I don't understand why. I'm trying to create a ...
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python.multiprocessing and “FATAL ERROR (INFADI) MISSING DIRECTORY”

While trying to do multiprocessing with arcpy, I am occasionally running into this error: FATAL ERROR (INFADI) MISSING DIRECTORY I have no clue what is triggering this error, and it crashes the ...
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How can I calculate the orientation of each side of a polygon in ArcGIS 10?

I want to examine the orientation of each line in a polygon so that I can calculate their solar exposure. Each polygon represents a building, and has an associated height. For the moment, I just want ...
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Problems setting up eclipse (with PyDev) for ArcGIS 10

I'm trying to use eclipse with PyDev to program in python. In Windows 7 x64, I've added a PATH environmental variable (PATH C:\Python26\ArcGIS10.0\python.exe;) and what I thought were the relevant ...
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GDAL and Python: How to get coordinates for all cells having a specific value?

I've got an Arc/Info Binary Grid---specifically, an ArcGIS flow accumulation raster---and I'd like to identify all cells having a specific value (or in a range of values). Ultimately, I'd like a ...
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How to create a checkbox parameter in a ArcGIS custom Python tool?

I am working on creating an ArcGIS tool from a Python script I am writing. I am wondering if it is possible to have a checkbox parameter. Basically what I want to do is have a parameter where the ...