Using ArcMap 10.2 I am getting the ERROR: 000714 for this script. Therefore I am having trouble debugging it.

The purpose of my script is to spatially join points to lines in ArcGIS. And is simply a test script that will become part of a larger scripted tool. The script I am currently working off is as per below which is largely a copy/paste from ArcGIS Spatial Join Help, which I have modified for my .shp files and a count field.

# Spatial Join Script
# Initiating top of catchment junction connections to pipes.
# Process: Spatially join points to lines with count field.

# Import system modules
import os
import arcpy

# Set workspace environment
arcpy.env.workspace = "c:/.../Python/SpatialJoinTest"
arcpy.env.overwriteOutput = True

# Script arguments

PointInput = arcpy.GetParameterAsText (0)
LineInput = arcpy.GetParameterAsText (1)

#Set Variables
Outputs = "C:/.../Python/SpatialJoinTest/Outputs"
LW = Outputs + "/" + "LineWorking.shp"
PW = Outputs + "/" + "JunctionWorking.shp"

O_PL = Outputs + "/" + "PointLine_JoinCount.shp"

# Creating Working Shapefiles
arcpy.CopyFeatures_management (LineInput, LW)
arcpy.CopyFeatures_management (PointInput, PW)

# Want to join Points to Lines and 'count' the number of joins for each pipe to junction
''' I note that in this section in the help file .gdb were referenced rather than .shp
    Thus: I think it is these lines where I am going wrong(?)'''
targetFeatures = os.path.join(PW)
joinFeatures = os.path.join(LW)

# Output will be the target features, (Points) with the 'count' of Lines joined.
outfc = os.path.join(O_PL)

# Create a new fieldmappings and add the two input feature classes.
fieldmappings = arcpy.FieldMappings()

# First get the 'L_ID' fieldmap. 'L_ID' is a field in the 'LW' feature class.
# The output will have the 'ID' with the 'count' of connecting lines. Setting the
# field's merge rule to 'count' will count the connections for all of the points for
# each line intersecting. The field is also renamed to be more appropriate
# for the output.
L_IDFieldIndex = fieldmappings.findFieldMapIndex("L_ID")
fieldmap = fieldmappings.getFieldMap(L_IDFieldIndex)

# Get the output field's properties as a field object
field = fieldmap.outputField

# Rename the field and pass the updated field object back into the field map
field.name = "L_COUNT"
field.aliasName = "L_COUNT"
fieldmap.outputField = field

# Set the merge rule to mean and then replace the old fieldmap in the mappings object
# with the updated one
fieldmap.mergeRule = "Count"
fieldmappings.replaceFieldMap(L_IDFieldIndex, fieldmap)

#Run the Spatial Join tool, using the defaults for the join operation and join type
arcpy.SpatialJoin_analysis(targetFeatures, joinFeatures, outfc, "JOIN_ONE_TO_MANY", "KEEP_COMMON", fieldmappings, "INTERSECT")

How can I make the above work?

My guess is it is to do with os.path.join() commands, however my experience is limited.

The error message is below:

Running script SpatialJoinScript... ERROR 000714: Error in script SpatialJoinScript. Error in executing: cmd.exe /C D:...\Python\SpatialJoinScript.py "D:\Michael Austin - Working\GIS\Python\20180323\Inputs\Point.shp" "D:...\Python\20180323\Inputs\Line.shp"

Failed to execute (SpatialJoinScript). Failed at Mon Apr 09 11:57:52 2018 (Elapsed Time: 0.06 seconds)

  • Can you write the error message in your post? Commented Apr 9, 2018 at 1:54
  • It could be the hyphen in your source path, try changing "D:\Michael Austin - Working" to "D:\Michael Austin Working"
    – Dan
    Commented Apr 9, 2018 at 2:46
  • That's a particularly non-helpful error message, can you put in a couple of arcpy.AddMessage(sys._getframe().f_lineno) statements (see stackoverflow.com/questions/3056048/…) to find out what line the error is on - you will need to import sys first. Commented Apr 9, 2018 at 2:48
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    You'll need a lot of them, every blank line for a start, then when the error causing line is located you can find and replace arcpy.AddMessage(sys._getframe().f_lineno) with an empty string to get rid of them all at once or put a # in front just in case you need them again. Commented Apr 9, 2018 at 3:22
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    Always best to debug without arcpy.GetParameterAsText (0).
    – Aaron
    Commented Apr 9, 2018 at 4:10

1 Answer 1


There were three errors in my script.

The first was the inclusion of os.path.join() - this is not required as I am not using a .gdb.

The corrected code for this section is below:

# Want to join Points to Lines and 'count' the number of joins for each pipe to junction
targetFeatures = PW
joinFeatures = LW

# Output will be the target features, (Points) with the 'count' of Lines joined.
outfc = O_PL

The second error was: L_IDFieldIndex = fieldmappings.findFieldMapIndex("L_ID") This field exists in my larger script but not in my 'test' script'

The third error is on the last line: "JOIN_ONE_TO_ONE" - in order to keep a count I need to join one to one so the points aren't duplicated.

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