I got Warning 000117 - Warning empty output generated while trying to import a CSV to the ArcGIS Pro geodatabase. I have cleaned the file to remove obvious problems -- changing NA and NaN cells to 0 and removing all special characters from field names. I still get Warning 000117. I've also tried using a short version of the same file -- a few thousand record instead of 500,000 records -- with the same result.

File has 18 columns: one text (coerced from numeric) and the rest double. Field names are: BLOCK2020, Totpop, NHWhite, NHBlack, NHAmInd, NHAsian, NHPacIsl, NHOther, NHMulti, Hispanic, HUTotal, HUOcc, HUVac, NHWhitePer, NHBlackPer, NHAsianPer, HispanicPer, and NonWhitePer.

Note: I want to import directly to the geodatabase rather than to a folder so I can specify the datatype of the BLOCK2020 field. If I import it through the folder, the Block comes in as numeric, and several states with leading zeroes in their block ID's have to be manually corrected after import - a huge pain.

  • It will also make text field 8000 ! Long. Go through Access perhaps
    – FelixIP
    Commented Jun 24, 2021 at 20:42

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Partial answer: The default length for text columns is 8. I changed it to the actual length of the census block ID, 15, and the import worked. But although I specified text, Arc truncated leading zeroes from the block ID.

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