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Alternatives to using Arcpy

I seem to use ESRI's Arcpy site package for virtually all of my python geoprocessing. To ESRI's credit, these are an incredible suite of tools that can help accomplish a great deal. However, I would ...
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Documentation for Esri's ArcPy Python site-package?

Has anyone found any informative documentation about Esri's ArcPy Python module?
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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 have a python script self terminate in ArcMap10?

I have tried sys.exit, but it doesn't seem to work in ArcMap. Anyone know how to do it?
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Measuring Script Writing Competency

I've been asked by my manager to come up with some sort of competency measure for an employees understanding of scripting/programming. Because I am a self taught programmer, I really don't have a ...
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How to export only certain columns to a CSV file in ArcGIS?

I've written a python script using arcpy which outputs a polygon feature class into a File Geodatabase. I have added a function to export the attributes to a separate CSV file. I am using the code ...
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Python scripts that run inside ArcMap vs ones that run outside?

I'm just starting to get into Python scripting for work.. I'm currently creating a script to automate a process. Basically, it asks the user the client name, gets a projection if available, creates ...
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Remove feature layer using ArcPy script?

I have an ArcPy based script where I'm trying to intersect two layers where one layer must have its centroid in the other layer. Since I need to know that one layer (feature_layer below) includes ...
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Are there any “highly customizable” GIS platforms?

I'm new to this site which I find useful and refreshing until now. And to my question ( WARNING: it's a bit long, so you can skip right to the question two paragraphs down). I was educated in GIS ...
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Automatic batch update a file geodatabase from shapefiles

Every week I need to update the same shapefiles that are used to produce up to date maps. The files are downloaded from 3 different web-servers. The thing I want to do is to have a script that can ...
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Where to find and share Python geoprocessing scripts? [duplicate]

Where are folks storing and sharing their Python geoprocessing scripts? For example, I know that GitHub has some shared scripts. ESRI is phasing-out ArcScripts, which is still really handy, and ...
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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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How to calculate XY coordinates in Decimal Degrees from projected dataset in model or script?

Is it possible to calculate points XY coordinates in Decimal Degrees in model or script when a feature class is in projected coordinate system? It's easy when a FC is in geographic coordinate system: ...
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How to simulate moving vehicles?

I have a point layer (stored in SQL Server 2008) that is being served up by a map service in ArcGIS Server 10.1. I am consuming this service in a web client. Lets say the points are boats out at ...
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Resources on using R in QGIS for R users?

This is a very basic question, but I'm having a heck of a time figuring it out because so much of the QGIS documentation is oriented toward use of the GUI. I want to be able to run R scripts in QGIS, ...
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How to replace a cyrillic symbol in an attribute table using python?

I've tried searching for an answer and I've already seen some similar themes here, but I still haven't been successful in replacing Cyrillic symbols in an attribute table, which is why I'm asking for ...
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Check if shapefiles exists in folder

In ArcGIS modelbuilder I want to check if a shapefiles exists, if not I want to create the shapefile in that folder. I guess the calculate value tool within ArcGIS modelbuilder can be used, but I need ...
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How to use QGIS Zonal Stats Plugin from Python Console?

I am using the Zonal Stats plugin in QGIS to extract raster statistics from overlaying polygons (I have shapefiles of species distribution and I want to extract environmental data from within each ...
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How to send someone a file of a custom python script with all parameters for the popup interface already defined?

I have a python script in ArcGIS 10 that when clicked, has a popup for a user to choose parameters. I would like to send this file to someone else. While I could send them the python code and have ...
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Cannot run standalone QGIS script

I've been trying, along with this post, to run a script in OSGeo4w Shell, outside of QGIS. But I get the following error: ImportError: No module named qgis.core I have also read the following ...
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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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Setting units in python using ArcGIS 10

I want to calculate the area of each polygon in a shapefile. How do I control what the units of measurement are? def getArea(shapefile): """Print area of polygons""" Rows = ...
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How to write standalone Python scripts using QGIS?

I've been learning how to use the Python Console in QGIS using references from qgisworkshop.org. I'm familiar with writing standalone scripts in ArcGIS and want to learn how to do the same with QGIS. ...
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ArcMap Field Calculator syntax (again)

I'm trying to string together a field calculator script that will populate all the records of a field at once based upon values in a number of fields. I can't even get the first part of the command ...
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ArcGIS median value from a layer

I've been hunting around ArcGIS 9.3 and having no success at finding a tool/function that can give me the median (not the mean/avg) tabular value of a spatial database. For example, if I have a data ...
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Methods for lat/lon quality control?

I have a database with fields including latitude, longitude, city, state, and country. When mapped, it is clear that a number of the sites are in the wrong location - most commonly because of a sign ...
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Python: Combine multiple Shapefiles

i have got a lot of Point-Shapefiles (r20010101.shp, r20010202.shp, r20020101.shp...). Each of them has the same amount of points at exactly the same location. In a column that is named after the Date ...
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How to identify polygon/point shapefiles in python?

I have a script which performs various functions on shapefiles, most of which are polygon-based. However, some shapefiles are point-based and I have to specify where these files are by editing the ...
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ToolValidator not doing anything

I have created a simple script tool which has a single parameter of type "String". I have written the tool validation to disable the input field (simply trying to learn tool validation). The ...
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Field calculator script to work out first 5 dominant area fields?

I have 5 fields of different landcover types with areas of each and found below: > PRC_Water| PRC_Bare| PRC_Urban| PRC_LVeg| PRC_LVeg| > 5 20 40 20 15 I have ...
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Monthly Average Solar Maps (R.Sun) in Grass

I'm trying to create monthly average maps as described in R.Sun in Grass. I have my DSM. In reading the page on OSGEO it mentions that it is possible without showing how. Ideas? I assume I will need ...
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Postgres/postgis cursors

I have a road network with StreetName and min/max address ranges for each segment (ie- StreetName = 'Main St', Min = 100, Max = 199). I also have individual address points with similar information ...
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ArcGIS Conflation Tool Recommendation or Custom Script for Comparing Points

Can anyone recommend conflation tools for ArcGIS Desktop (10 or 10.1, paid or free) or a scripting outline / procedure (or just a script) to have a technician efficiently process the following rules? ...
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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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Can QGIS map canvas update while python script is running?

I want to automate a periodic refresh of the QGIS map canvas with updated shapefiles. A Python plugin or console script does not allow the map to update until the script terminates. Is there a way to ...
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Removing “(optional)” from parameter description in Python script tool dialog?

I am using ArcGIS 10.2 and create a script tool in toolbox for attribute search on a layer, all the searching criteria is not compulsory, and user can combine multiple search criteria. But in the ...
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ArcGIS script tool: Can you have an input parameter set to optional and have the tool work when an input is not provided?

I'm building a script tool that processes shapefiles ( GPS data collected on weekly basis). The tool is set up to take an input for each shapefile ( in this case Sewer, Storm, Sign). On some days, ...
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How to install add-ons in GRASS?

How do I install the r.inund.fluv script in GRASS? https://svn.osgeo.org/grass/grass-addons/grass6/raster/r.inund.fluv/
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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 to automate the drawing of polygons (square) around a number of points in QGIS?

In QGIS (or alternatively any other scripting + GIS stack), how can I automate drawing a 100km x 100km square around a number of points, with the point being dead in the center? I'd need to loop ...
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How to write a script to square polygon corners?

I'm looking for a script that will square the corners of polygons that are near 90 degrees but not exactly. Near could be dealt with via a variable, for example within 5 degrees of 90 (85 - 95 ...
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FIELD CALCULATOR VB scripting

In my attribute tables field. I am trying to get rid of the "&" in between names i.e. "John Adams & wife" and want it to say "John Adams and Wife" in all the attributes with "&". What is ...
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Batch shapefile merge, with adding and calculating field

I have over 60 shapefiles, all in their own folders. I'm looking to add a field titled "Name" and then populate it with the name of the shapefile. I want to be able to do this so that I can then ...
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How to import GDAL in Jython?

I'm trying to use jython with GDAL on Windows. Python and GDAL are installed through MS4W and work perfectly together. Jython is installed manually, but I can not import GDAL. I tried to update ...
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Python loop Polygon to raster not working

I want to convert a large number of different shp polygons to raster in ArcGIS 10.1, using an existing field column "class" for the new raster classes. I am not very fluent in python but I thought ...
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Can a new point automatically be populated with data from the containing polygon

I need some help to create a script. Imagine that I'm using 3 shapes: 1 point and 2 polygons. When I create a new point I want it to assume some attributes of the polygons in which that point is ...
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script for automated line drawing procedure for set of start and end points

A colleague conducted a field survey and recorded the start and end points of the transects with a GPS. These points have been imported to ArcMap 9.3 as 2 point layers. Both layers have a "transect ...
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Programatically detect the format/version of an arc toolbox (e.g. 10.0,10.1 etc)

Is there a way to tell programatically (from the command line) what format a given ArcMap toolbox was saved in - 10.0, 10.1 and so on?
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How does one build a Python script that exports to several output files?

I'm trying to build a Python Script that will receive one feature layer that will be clipped by several adjacent grid squares (each in a different shapefile) and output several shapefiles. Now, I've ...
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ogrinfo bash script failure

I need to recursively document a bunch of Shapefiles using orginfo in many directories. For example, $ tree -P *.shp . ├── acfish2s │   └── acfish2.shp ├── airports │   ├── airport_runways.shp │   ...