I am creating feature classes from GNS txt files in ArcCatalog (10.2). When I do this with the file for Bolivia (bl.txt), the feature class is created correctly. When I try to do this with the file for Argentina, the columns LONG and LAT are recognized as
Text instead of
Double, so I cannot assign them as X and Y fields.
The formats for both files are identical. Both ar.txt and bl.txt contain only numeric values in the columns LONG and LAT, with
. as decimal separator. I cannot identify any differences between the two files to explain the different behavior. Is there a way to force ArcGIS to recognize these columns as double precision fields?
As a workaround I can import the
txt files in an Excel spreadsheet and create the feature class correctly from that, but I believe I shouldn't have to.