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Using ArcMap 10.1 I Merged multiple .shp layers (each with multiple polylines) into one .shp

The resulting layer will not draw, I get the following error message: One or more layers failed to draw: [LAYER NAME] There was a problem drawing the shapefile. Drawing aborted.

I have re-done the merge but have the same problem. This is a very large layer - is there a size limit? Could it be taking too much memory to draw?

I don't need to see the layer but want to run intersect with it (so that I can calculate the length of the lines in multiple buffers) and that is returning a blank output - I presume because it is failing to draw.

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    Shapefiles have a limit of 2^31-2 bytes in the .shp component. If you have exceeded this, the shapefile is corrupt, and will not draw or process correctly. – Vince Jul 25 '16 at 22:24
  • Thanks. I suspect this is the case then. I can't even see how many rows there are in the attribute table there are too many. I will think of a work around. – Ben Jul 26 '16 at 8:06
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Have you seen this thread?

I think once that issue is resolved, you should be able to run the Intersect tool on the layers chosen.

  • This is a link-only answer. While links can be used to support your answer or to provide more details there should be at least a summary or an extract in your answer. – PolyGeo Jul 25 '16 at 20:35
  • Thanks. I saw that and tried before posting my question. I suspect it is a size limit issue. – Ben Jul 26 '16 at 8:07

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