I've downloaded the service pack but have not yet installed it. Today I stumbled over a post on the ESRI forums where problems with reference scale and labeling are discussed. Apparently, this is now a known bug (NIM067942).

Normally, I would install a Service Pack to correct existing issues and to possibly improve performance but it seems that new bug(s) were introduced as well. This particular bug could potentially be a nuisance.

How buggy is it? Will I benefit from installing it? What are your experiences with this particular service pack?

  • No issues apart from the NIM067942 mentioned. But have both versions (created a VMware instance of ArcGIS10sp1) – Mapperz May 20 '11 at 14:48

I haven't found any new bugs in the types of things that I do and SP2 has fixed a number of critical ones for me which relate to computation geometry and working with geometry objects. For example, Errors in arcpy's Polygon class

So in short...you won't know what new bugs have been introduced until you do some of your regular work. I would suggest that you go through the NIM list of fixed bugs on the download site.

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    +1 I had completely forgotten that thread on the ESRI forums and hadn't seen any of the followup. It's one heck of a read...(for those who care about the accuracy of their work, anyway). – whuber May 20 '11 at 14:38
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    Thanks. I skimmed the list but will take a closer look. Is there a noticeable performance improvement? Going from 9.3 to 10 was a step backwards in my opinion (not in features, strictly in performance). – Jakub Sisak GeoGraphics May 20 '11 at 14:42

Here is a list of the issues addressed by Service Pack 2:


It doesn't look like NIM067942 has been fixed in this service pack, but you can check the list to see which other items affect you.

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  • Thanks. What i am most interested in is a list of NEW issues/bugs introduced by this SP. NIM067942 is a new bug that wasn't there in SP1. Installing SP2 will introduce this bug. In my workflow, SP1 is OK. ArcGIS is still slow as molasses but at least for me there is nothing severely critical that needs fixing. I am curious if you personally see an improvement after installing the SP. Or did it break something that functioned fine before. – Jakub Sisak GeoGraphics May 20 '11 at 14:30
  • This link...after you login...suggests that there is a NEW know issues link, however, it isn't going anywhere support.esri.com/en for me at least, either the link is down or there are no known issues :) – user681 May 20 '11 at 14:38

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