[Openspace] Shapefile Mystery Solved (in part)
Jane.Garb at bhs.org
Thu Aug 7 15:02:08 CDT 2003
Thank you for your helpful comments and suggestions. I had tried each of
those before and nothing seemed to help, but I think I have a handle on the
problem, and have successfully loaded the files I wanted. I think I have
narrowed the problem to two possibilities:
1. The first four fields (FID,shape, area,perimeter) in ArcView shapefiles
must be present, and in their order. These fields are created by ArcView.
2. Duplicate field names cause problems
I had created the "problem" shapefiles in ArcView or ArcMap from a series of
joins, and had edited columns, deleted some, etc. In the process I think I
either had a couple of duplicate field names or had deleted one of the
"essential" fields (see ! Above).
When I corrected these conditions, my files read in, so the problem must lie
somewhere in these possibilities.
Jane L. Garb
Health Geographics and Spatial Analysis Program
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