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How to determine on which side of a line a polygon feature falls?

I have parcel data intersecting line data. In the parcel data there are some parcels that don't intersect the line. How could I programmatically figure out if the non-intersecting parcel is on the ...
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Generating true curve elliptical polygons in file geodatabase using ArcPy?

As background, this question arose from trying to answer a question on How to generate overlapping polygons from lines output from Table To Ellipse tool? Using the ArcMap 10.1 GUI it is very easy to ...
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How to count zero values in a table in rows and write it to new field?

This is a very simple task to do but I can't understand the right syntax. I have a shapefile whose attributes are similar to the following: FID Shape FIELD1 FIELD2 FIELD3 ... 0 Polygon 0 1 ...
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Modify raster layer display and symbology properties programmatically with arcpy or ArcObjects

I have over 1500 NITF files that I need to be able to modify the layer display and symbology of programmatically from within ArcMap. I need to set the properties outlined in red below: I've looked ...
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“Greedy” clipping lines with polygon

I am wishing to clip a set of polylines (black lines in image below) to the outer boundary of a polygon. Any voids within the polygon should be ignored. My ideal output are the dashed yellow lines. ...
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Calculating Date Field with today's date from datetime.date.today()?

I'm working on part of tool that will use arcpy.CalculateField_management to add the current date to the attribut table. I've wandered far and wide on the interwebs and can't seem to find the ...
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issues importing arcpy in Python IDLE

I would want to use arcpy in my python code. I am able to import it through the ARCGIS desktop python console. But I am not able to import it into Python IDLE. I get the following error Traceback (...
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Unusual results for geoprocessing speed tests

I have been observing unusual performance with a Python geoprocessing script. The (attached) script performs the following actions: Use a search cursor to look up UTM zone corresponding to polygon ...
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Passing variable from ArcPy script to ModelBuilder?

I have a model that passes a variable to a python script. The script uses that variable to query some directories and return a list of paths. What I want to know is: How can I then use each of those ...
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How can I crawl directory tree and change Mxd relativePaths to true?

I have a large number of project folders where each project folder can have many subfolders. These subfolders can contain mxds, shapefiles, personal gdb's and fgdb's. In many cases the user forgot ...
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Changing to Historical version using ArcPy?

I am having an issue trying to change to a historical version on an SDE feature class using Python and arcpy.ChangeVersion_management. I am able to manually change the version to a specific date and ...
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How to determine if point is surrounded using raster processing?

I am attempting to improve a currently extremely cumbersome vector/python process for a natural hazard model. At the moment we have a lengthy script which generates distance/bearing lines from a given ...
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Generate near table for x number of neighbours using arcpy

There are 3 likely scenerios that I am trying to capture near distances for: An interchange subway station, which has 2 or more neighboring stations. That is, the station in question connects 2 or ...
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Programatically identifying Joined Field in ArcMap?

Is it possible to programmatically identify the Join Field that is being used to Table Join two datasets together in ArcMap? I am currently using ArcGIS 10.0, SP5 and would prefer an ArcPy solution, ...
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Any performance difference between Python window and Python script tool?

Is there a difference in performance between running a Python script in the Python window versus running it as a Python script tool from the toolbox in ArcGIS Desktop 10.0? Sometimes I need to use ...
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Creating summary table of symbology of all datasets in multiple MXDs?

This is related to the following Retain ESRI symbology in Mapinfo TAB . As an initial step (in arcpy) I want to access the symbology of all the datasets and create a document which has the details of ...
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Do ArcGIS Pro tasks support Python Toolbox tools which operate on Map Frames?

Do ArcGIS Pro tasks support Python Toolbox tools which operate on Map Frames? The reason I ask is that I am stuck when trying to do the following: Start ArcGIS Pro 1.1.1 Create a new project - I ...
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What is the difference between data access's “SHAPE@XY” and “SHAPE@TRUECENTROID” tokens?

Data Access Search Cursor. What, if anything, is the difference between the tokens "SHAPE@XY" and "SHAPE@TRUECENTROID"? They returned the same coordnates on a test polygon: >>> cursor = ...
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Prompting for user input during ArcGIS Python script tool execution?

I want to prompt for user input after all parameters have been specified for the script tool. I've seen many forum posts and stackexchange questions about this, and they all conclude that it's ...
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python.exe has stopped working

A python script was written about 18 months ago by a person who has now left. It produced the required outputs then. I've been asked to run it again but with different (finer resolution) data inputs....
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Setting ArcGIS Desktop license to lower level for testing whether Python script still runs?

I have a Python script that will need to be given to a client. We are currently evaluating what license level the client will need in order to run the script for their software acquisition purposes. ...
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What is Python equivalent of ModelBuilder's Iterate Feature Selection?

My data consists of two featureclasses: Points = points representing trees Polygons = Polygons representing % canopy area by area. Each polygon in the FC has a % canopy measurement in the attributes....
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arcpy.MakeFeatureLayer in-memory layer still exists when subsequent step fails during testing

When I used arcgisscripting to create in-memory output layer with gp.makefeaturelayer, I would put it in a try/except block and delete the gp object in the except piece when the makefeaturelayer would ...
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Deleting feature class features faster using ArcPy?

I have written this script that recurses through all feature classes in a given set of feature datasets and deletes all their features. It appears to do the job but it runs pretty slowly. Is there ...
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Subset Folder Contents ArcPy

I have about 1500 .txt files within a folder named 3410001ne => 3809962sw. I need to subset about 470 of these files to process with a Python script. Below is the section of code prior to my for ...
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Python script to export .csv tables from GDB

I am very new to Python programming and have been tasked with writing a program to export a csv file from a file geodatabase feature class. The csv should contain only certain fields and the records ...
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Checking if python script is run from ArcGIS (arcmap or on server) or a stand alone python script

For debugging purposes I have created a hardcoded conditional that checks it the script is run as stand alone or as an ArcGIS tool. Is there anyway to fugure this out at run time? e.g. some ...
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How to get an extent for Raster using python

I have to get an extent of a given raster so that I can save it and use the same to clip another raster with that extracted extent. As of now I am stuck in the extent part. import arcpy from arcpy ...
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Converting ArcGIS date value to string reading in mm/dd/yyyy format using ArcPy?

I am writing an arcpy tool script in ArcGIS 10.0. In a fGDB feature class, I have a Date type field. I gather that the values in the Date field are stored as long integer dates, but they display in ...
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Does dissolving features improve geoprocessing efficiency?

I have a large set of line data (>140,000 features). Is there a processing advantage, in either time required or (more importantly) memory used: to running Dissolve on the data before running Buffer? ...
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Will there be a Python API for ArcGIS Server?

It seems like an obvious next step given the big push towards Python in ArcGIS Desktop at 10.0. Are there any limitations of Python compared to javascript, flex, etc that would prevent ESRI from ...
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Using PyQGIS, ArcPy, NumPy, SciPy Together in Windows Command Prompt

I ran across this slight issue when I was looking to access python installations from ArcGIS, QGIS, Anaconda (cited because SciPy & NumPy come with it), and version 2.7 vs 3. Sometimes, I find it ...
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Creating fishnet from template feature class using ArcPy?

I can’t use the tool arcpy.CreateFishnet_management because define the parameter “templateExtent” with a shapefile it is not filling automatically the parameters “originCoordinate” and “...
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Python - formatting path strings and checking if a path exists

I would like to use the following code to determine if a path exists. The path I would like to check is being passed to my code via parameter on a ArcMap 10.0 tool dialog box. The parameters data ...
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How to access adjacent rows with cursor?

In the attached screenshot, the attributes contain two field of interest "a" and "b". I want to write a script to access the adjacent rows in order to make some calculations. To access a single row, ...
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Is there a way to tell the geodatabase version using Python?

I want to find out if either a file or personal geodatabase is 9.3, 10.0, 10.1, etc Is there a way to do this using Python?
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Clipping raster by multiple datasets or polygons?

I would like to clip a DEM using a grid of polygons. It's probably easier to use multiple polygons in one shape file, but I haven't managed this so I'm trying to use a for loop so I can loop through ...
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Why del cursor/row objects of ArcPy?

Can someone help me understand what the last 2 lines of this code does: import arcpy arcpy.env.workspace = "c:/esripress/python/data/exercise07" arcpy.env.overwriteOutput = True copy = arcpy....
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Creating polygon feature class from X,Y coordinates using ArcPy?

I am trying to write a script that creates a new polygon feature class containing a single ( square ) polygon with the following coordinates: ( 0, 0 ), ( 0, 1,000 ), ( 1,000, 0 ), and ( 1,000, 1,000 )....
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Move legend if it overlaps features within dataframe using ArcPy

Trying to find a way programmatically (arcpy) move the legend if it intercepts features within a data frame, in the scenario below, if the legend obscures the view of the AOI, then I want it to move ...
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Checking if two feature classes have same spatial reference using ArcPy?

Using arcpy, how do you check if two feature classes have the same spatial reference? Just checking if the two are equal doesn't work: >>> import arcpy >>> fc1 = r"C:\Users\e1b8\...
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Is it possible to sort an arcpy.da.UpdateCursor()?

I have an ArcPy Data Access update cursor that I would like to sort before making updates to it. The cursor makes updates if I don't sort, but if I add a sort to the cursor I get an error, "...
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Get shortest distance between two geometries in ArcPy

I'm using ArcPy and using a cursor to step through one polygon feature class. For each of these 'source' polygons, I am creating a SearchCursor to find all polygons in a second feature class that ...
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How to split single address field into 4 fields (House No., Direction, Name, Suffix)

I have to do some massaging of our parcel data to make it usable by a program in sheriff helicopters. The program requires one of the following address formats within the fields: Our addresses are ...
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How to split points by polygon using ArcGIS Desktop?

I am looking for a way to split points by a county polygon feature class. The attached image shows two feature classes: one composed of points and the other a county polygon feature class. The split ...
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Writing world file when exporting TIFF using ArcPy Mapping?

According to documentation, the options are: Syntax ExportToTIFF (map_document, out_tiff, {data_frame}, {df_export_width}, {df_export_height}, {resolution}, {world_file}, {color_mode}, {...
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Debugging AttributeError: 'module' object has no attribute 'Parameter' from Python Toolbox of ArcPy?

I have a big .pyt script (python toolbox) and now i trying split it to many files (1 file - 1 tool). In single .pyt file everything works perfectly, but when file is splited i get this message: ...
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How to check if feature class or table contains field with specific name before adding it?

Im trying to write a script that finds out if the shapefile has a specific field and if not to add the field. I get it to show me the field, but the loop goes through each field, so it would create a ...
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Getting unique value of second field using arcpy.da.SearchCursor?

I have a feature class and using arcpy.da.SearchCursor I'm getting unique values of a field (e.g. Name). How can I use this method to get the associated row value of a different field (diff field = ...
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Error 000725 message from output workspace when using Python (ArcPy) script tool?

I am having trouble running a script tool that I just created in Arc 10.1. The script runs fine in PythonWin, but when I create a script tool with it, the tool seems to not want to accept folders or ...