I'm using the arcpy.MakeGraph_management and arcpy.SaveGraph_management functions to create & save graphs in a Python Toolbox. The code works initially; however, subsequent use of the tool results in an error saying that the output from arcpy.MakeGraph_management (i.e., "temp_graph") already exists. If I close ArcMap and reopen it, I can again use this code fine, suggesting that the output from arcpy.MakeGraph_management is temporary; however I can't figure out how to delete this temporary graph in order to run the tool in succession or create multiple graphs in the same script.

# User provided input
folder = parameters[0].valueAsText
name = parameters[1].value
arcpy.env.workspace = folder

# Reference files
referenceFiles = os.path.join(os.path.dirname(__file__), "Reference Files")
graph_template = os.path.join(referenceFiles, "template_graph.grf")

# Create graph
arcpy.MakeGraph_management(graph_template, [...], "temp_graph")
arcpy.SaveGraph_management("temp_graph", "{0}/{1}_graph.pdf".format(folder, name))   

Attempts at solution so far:


arcpy.MakeGraph_management(graph_template, [...], "temp_graph")
arcpy.SaveGraph_management("temp_graph", "{0}/{1}_graph.pdf".format(folder, name))  


if arcpy.Exists("temp_graph"):
    arcpy.MakeGraph_management(graph_template, [...], "temp_graph")
    arcpy.SaveGraph_management("temp_graph", "{0}/{1}_graph.pdf".format(folder, name)) 
    arcpy.MakeGraph_management(graph_template, [...], "temp_graph")
    arcpy.SaveGraph_management("temp_graph", "{0}/{1}_graph.pdf".format(folder, name)) 

Yet these tries still get me the same error: Yet these tries still get me the same error

I found someone with the same issue posted years ago: https://geonet.esri.com/thread/55685

I posted a response there in addition to posting it to Stack Exchange.

Edit (5/11/17): I've discovered that the tool will run successfully if I set arcpy.env.overwriteOutput = True, although I'd prefer an actual solution with deleting "temp_graph". I had tried @Midavalo's suggestion to use arcpy.CreateUniqueName, which was unsuccessful, but forgot to include it in the original post.

I've noticed that despite my attempt to setup a Current Worskpace, it's not working.: enter image description here

This is so despite the code where I attempt to set my current workspace and also try using arcpy.Describe() to print the path of where "temp_graph" is located.

param0 = arcpy.Parameter(
    displayName="Output Folder",
folder = parameters[0].valueAsText
arcpy.env.workspace = folder
arcpy.AddMessage("current workspace is {0}".format(arcpy.env.workspace))
desc = arcpy.Describe("temp_graph") OR desc = arcpy.Describe("{0}/temp_graph".format(folder))

enter image description here


You could try using CreateUniqueName. This tool appends incrementing numbers to the end of an input name until it finds one that is unique, e.g. temp_graph_3

uniquename = arcpy.CreateUniqueName("temp_graph")
arcpy.MakeGraph_management(graph_template, [...], uniquename)
arcpy.SaveGraph_management(uniquename, "{0}/{1}_graph.pdf".format(folder, name))  
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  • arcpyCreateUniqueName() isn't working in this context, not sure why... – Edward May 11 '17 at 20:24

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