I am creating a model which will give me two string values, one which reads exactly what is in a field and another which automatically replaces any Space with an "_". I have used Calculate Value tool, and entered in the following:



Code Block:

def ReplaceName(name):
 return name.replace(" ", "_")

The result is an error:

ERROR 000539: Error running expression: ReplaceName(NoSpace1) 
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<expression>", line 1, in <module>
NameError: name 'NoSpace1' is not defined

I suspect because not all my Values have spaces

Model and table

How can I make this work?


You don't necessarily have to define a function for this one. Try this:

str(!PlaceName!).replace(' ', '')

The "not defined" error is related to the lack of quotes around the NoSpace1. This could be from the % on either side of the Value. Your expression should be

  • or str(!PlaceName!).replace(' ', '_') for underscores
    – Midavalo
    Apr 18 '16 at 18:17
  • Thanks for your answer! however it didn't work! I tried several variations including the example you gave. Executing (Calculate Value): CalculateValue str(!PlaceName!).replace(" ", "") # String ERROR 000539: SyntaxError: invalid syntax (<expression>, line 1) Executing (Calculate Value): CalculateValue str(!Value!).replace(" ", "") # String ERROR 000539: SyntaxError: invalid syntax (<expression>, line 1)
    – E. Ballent
    Apr 18 '16 at 18:40
  • Try double clicking the field name to put it in the expression; sometimes a dataset will have a field name prefix that doesn't show up in the attribute table. Also try changing the double quotes to single quotes. Also for the parser make sure you're using the PYTHON_9.3 option. Is the field calculator returning any values at all?
    – crld
    Apr 18 '16 at 20:41

You do not need the field calculator for replace at all.

You can just use the Find & Replace tool which is accessed from the attribute-table which has the search/replace function the same way as in Excel, for example.

It also works for all columns simultaneously or can be set to search for whole values etc.

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  • Thanks for your answer, but I need this to work inside of model builder, also I am not trying to change the value in the table. Ultimately both the value with the space and the value without a space are going to be used as inputs in a later portion of the model.
    – E. Ballent
    Apr 19 '16 at 13:12

This may not be the most elegant of fixes, but it did work:

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I found that the %Value% had to have Quotes and I used a try/except sequence to get around the possible lack of a space in some of the values.

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