I'm trying to reproject and copy some shapefile featureclasses to a file geodatabases and I'm having problems with the names imported. The code Im using is

# -*- coding: iso-8859-1 -*-
# -*- coding: latin-1 -*-

fcItem = "gsd_ap.shp"
outWorkspace = "database.gdb"
outCS = "1330"
fcList = arcpy.ListFeatureClasses() for fcItem in fcList:
    outFC = os.path.join(outWorkspace, fcItem.strip(".shp"))
    arcpy.Project_management(fcItem, outFC, outCS)

Unfortunately the outFC name in the file geodatabase becomes gsd_a, the last letter disappears. The same happens if the last letter is a "s". There are more letter combinations that don't work as well.

Why does this happens? CopyFeatures_management() does exactly the same.

Doing the above inside ArcGIS Desktop using toolbox, this does not happen, only when I try a standalone script.

  • Are you running the stand alone script directly from the command line (ie python myscript.py) or through the interpreter or other console (IDLE, IPython, etc.)? Oct 21, 2016 at 14:42
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    If you print outFC does the filename include the issue you described? Is the path sent to Project_management correct? Oct 21, 2016 at 14:46
  • In the code you posted, the fcItem variable is getting overwritten with each iteration of the loop (so by the time it's passed to Project, it may not be gsd_ap.shp anymore). Also make sure your workspace is set to where your Shapefiles are stored (arcpy.env.workspace = '/path/to/shapefiles'), or else ListFeatureClasses won't list the right data.
    – roms
    Oct 21, 2016 at 15:02
  • @roms - Workspace is set correctly, I just forgot to include that.
    – FishHead
    Oct 21, 2016 at 18:53
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    This is a python issue, apparently strip removes all instances of the characters listed. stackoverflow.com/questions/7853914/… Oct 24, 2016 at 11:39

1 Answer 1


Assuming you are referring to EPSG projection code 1330 then a spatial reference should be defined in the following manner:

sr = arcpy.SpatialReference(1330)

Then change the reference from the string outCS to the spatial reference

arcpy.Project_management(fcItem, outFC, sr)
  • The spatial reference isnt the problem, rather python stringhandling, se above :)
    – FishHead
    Oct 27, 2016 at 6:49

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