I included coordinateSystem = arcpy.SpatialReference(4283) and it works when I point the workspace path to a GHB file. However I get an error below when including multiple GHB folders into the workspace z:/temp.

name 'inData' is not defined.

My code is below. Can somebody suggest a fix?

import arcpy
from arcpy import env
import os

arcpy.env.workspace = "Z:/temp"
fcs = arcpy.ListFeatureClasses('*', "ALL")

for file in fcs:
   print arcpy.env.workspace, file

    for file in fcs:
      inData = file
     coordinateSystem = arcpy.SpatialReference(4283)

 # updates/overwrites coordinate system information and map projection stored with a dataset
# accepts dataset and coordinate system information
      arcpy.DefineProjection_management(inData, coordinateSystem)

except arcpy.ExecuteError:
   print arcpy.GetMessages(2)
except Exception as e:
   print e.args[0]

The ghb folders and shape files are stored in their folders as per the screenshots. enter image description here enter image description here

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    It's GDA94 isn't it? Perhaps coordinateSystem = arcpy.SpatialReference(4283) would work better. 4283 is the EPSG/SRID code for GDA94/Geographic spatialreference.org/ref/epsg/4283 I note that your indentation is inconsistent, the try: should be indented but that may be in your copy/paste. Is it possible there's a broken shapefile in that folder? I've seen much mischief and face-palm caused by a missing .dbf or .shx file. Commented Aug 15, 2016 at 4:33
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    – PolyGeo
    Commented Aug 15, 2016 at 11:21
  • I'm also trying to figure out why coordinateSystem's value contains two GEOGCS objects and a space. Try taking out the second GEOGCS object. Are you trying to add a vertical coordinate system too?
    – mkennedy
    Commented Aug 16, 2016 at 17:29

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You need to make your coordinate system variable into a spatial reference object. Do this with arcpy.SpatialReference(EPSG Num or Name) - 4283 for GDA94.

If you need a custom spatial reference, create it in ArcMap and save as a .prj file. You can then point to the prj file like this:


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