Whenever I run a geoprocess overnight, it seems my computer reboots. Does ArcGIS save some log file information? Where does it save it?

For example, when I run a large dataset or image process I need to perform overnight, does it save the logfile that tells you what it performs from start to finish?

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If you have logging turned on, you will be able to see your geoprocessing results in a log file. The "Log geoprocessing operations to a log file" option (under Geoprocessing [menu] -> Geoprocessing Options... in ArcGIS 10 or under Tools [menu] -> Options -> Geoprocessing [tab] in ArcGIS 9.3) will do what you're looking for.

Default locations for these files are C:\Documents and Settings\<user name>\Application Data\ESRI\ArcToolbox\History in Windows XP and C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\(Local or LocalLow or Roaming)\ESRI\ArcToolbox\History in Vista (and presumably 7).

More details from Esri here.

  • hello, what's the file location for a Windows Server 2008?
    – Ligia
    Commented Nov 22, 2013 at 13:28
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    C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Roaming\ESRI\Desktop10.3\ArcToolbox\History on Windows Server 2012 with Desktop 10.3. Commented Jul 3, 2018 at 13:17

You can also review the process by looking at the geoprocessing results window.

As mentioned by nmpeterson, go to the Geoprocessing menu, but then go to --> Results --> Current Session. Expand the Messages option to review the actions and processes.

  • I'm sorry, I just noticed that you've used the tag for arcgis-9.3.1. The Geoprocessing menu and results option is available in 10.0. :(
    – JLP Wisc.
    Commented Nov 15, 2011 at 19:59

I know this is an old question but I like to look at the ArcToolbox History folder. It is a more complete picture of what you are doing - ie it will show you all the inputs and outputs for building a Service Definition file not just GP tools used.



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