Delete features and error 504 and timed out

09-09-2021 01:41 AM
New Contributor III

I'm attempting to apply delete feature to a very large dataset in AGOL & it's timing out. 

The dataset is a polygon feature class. 

I can't use truncate because the feature class is sync enabled. 

Couple of questions:

1.  What is the maximum number of records the ArcGIS API can handle for delete and append functions — 10,000 records? 

2.  Any python tips and tricks  to make this happen? 

I'm new to python, so please provide scripts with comments 🙂 





import arcpy
import arcgis
from arcgis.gis import GIS
from arcgis.features import FeatureLayer

gis = GIS("", username="xx", password="xx")

feature_layer_item ='7a4b389c86f74ab8bd8da440e1a87db4', item_type = 'Feature Service')[0]
flayers = feature_layer_item.layers
flayer = flayers[0]
flayer.delete_features(where="OBJECTID >= 0")





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Solved: ERROR - HTTP Error 504: Gateway Time-out - Esri Community

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New Contributor III

Right, so I need to add:  asynchronous=False

I'm a newbie — where in the script do I add this?


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Hi @NickShannon2,

I have added a script to delete data, I usually break it up into packs of 2000, queries are very dependent on network performance. Just unzip the scripts into a python project an install ArcGIS for python pip install arcgis the script you want to fill in is

then on line 42 fill in your server details  and point to the service 

in agol you can get the service url details if you navigate to overview then url, you add /0 if there is only one service /1, /2 for the next etc. 











New Contributor III

Thanks @HenryLindemann — this script is a big improvement over my original script. 

However, while the script doesn't time-out with a warning message — it does not delete all records.  For example, my dataset has 600k rows, the tunk_data script deletes 450k rows leaving 150k.  I have to click 'run' a few times to successfully delete all records. 

Any ideas how to fix this? 

I'm running the script using Juptyer Notebooks. 



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