Can someone clarify the meaning of the 'fullPropsRetrieved'and 'metadataRetrieved' properties of a Describe object within ArcPy.

In particular my confusion is regarding the definitions provided on the ESRI website of each of the properties:

  • fullPropsRetrieved: "Indicates whether full properties have been retrieved"
  • metadataRetrieved: "Indicates whether the metadata has been retrieved"

What is the difference between these two properties?

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    can you please include the links to the Esri webpages that you're referring to?
    – Midavalo
    Apr 30 '16 at 5:25
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    Q&A is best suited to one question per question. Can you please edit your question and narrow it down to just one question rather than three.
    – Midavalo
    Apr 30 '16 at 5:34

I haven't found any documentation on these two properties, but this is my opinion on what they mean.

Each item returned by arcpy.Describe() is called a Property. The property fullPropsRetrieved will be referring to the Describe function retrieving the Describe properties available for the type of dataset you are describing.

Metadata is data about your data and can be manually populated against a dataset with information about things like copyright, usage, data entry methods, update frequency etc., and are not necessarily items that can be determined just by looking at the type of dataset like a Describe does. The metadataRetrieved property likely reports whether the dataset has metadata attached and that Describe has been able to access/retrieve that metadata.

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