I have browsed answers to similar questions but I still can't figure it out. I have created a new field called "namemonyr" in all of 646 shapefiles. I now want to populate that field using (preferably part of) the input file name. My files are currently named e.g. "cl_Arthur_Apr_12.shp". I want the namemonyr field to be filled in with the string "Arthur_Apr_12". The name, month and year elements are different in every shapefile name. I need to know when I output the tables as CSV files which subject the data came from and for what period - I need this info in the table, not just in the file name. I have the iterator working fine.
I have tried using the field calculator in model building using the expression
!%Name%[3:]! to remove the cl_ element of the file name.
The error message reads:
ERROR 000539: Invalid field
failed to execute (Calculate Field)
I have tried using the Parse Path tool to get the file name as the Value that then goes into the Expression part of the field calculator. But I don't really understand this tool.
I have tried variations on these. Nothing is working!
I am very new to ArcGIS and Python and have never used Python coding.