I have a workbench set up where I create a Feature Class inside a file geodatabase. the next step is to create the metadata and load it into the same Feature Class. This all works fine.

I'm doing the exact same thing with a zipped file geodatabase and it's giving me errors.

Attempting to create table 'XXXXXXX' with 'geodb_type' set to 'geodb_metadata'. FME features of 'geodb_metadata' can only be written to existing tables. If intending to write metadata, please ensure the table already exists. If intending to create a new table, ensure the 'geodb_type' is set to a valid table type. A fatal error has occurred. Check the logfile above for details

I've checked all my parameters and they are the same between my zipped and non-zipped file geodatabase.

Any idea why?


  • See fmepedia.safe.com/articles/How_To/…
    – Mapperz
    Commented Jun 26, 2014 at 3:46
  • Thanks @Mapperz but I've already done that.
    – Dom
    Commented Jun 26, 2014 at 3:54
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    Which Version of FME? Which Geodatabase Writer are you using? Have you selected the "zip output" button on your writer?
    – Fezter
    Commented Jun 26, 2014 at 4:28
  • @Fezter it's FME 2014 sp2 with the "Esri Geodatabase (File Geodb ArcObjects)" writer, which I believe isthe only writer that can do metadata. And yes I've selected the zip output.
    – Dom
    Commented Jun 26, 2014 at 14:07
  • Do you have ArcGIS installed on the same computer to access the ArcObject library?
    – Mapperz
    Commented Jun 26, 2014 at 14:18


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