When I try to execute "Summarize Within" tool, it gives me the "001409" error ("Failed to write the output location").

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What is the reason of this error and how I can avoid it?

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    Does c:\rda_model\scratch.gdb actually exist?
    – KHibma
    Feb 3, 2020 at 13:08

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I got this error and was completely puzzled. I went back and looked at various different aspects including the basics of ensuring my parameters were set up correctly and had the right path names, etc.

I found that my pathnames were ultimately too long. I changed the naming convention of my files and it worked just fine.

This error code is not in Esri's library of error codes. I'll submit a ticket and see if I get a response as to why and try to remember to update here unless others have any other inputs!

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    Welcome to GIS SE! As a new user please take the tour. How long were your "too long" pathnames? The paths in the question don't appear to be particularly long, but it's impossible to tell without knowing how long your paths were.
    – Midavalo
    Jun 29, 2020 at 17:16

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