Overwrite Hosted Table

04-01-2020 06:43 AM
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Hi,  I'm having trouble overwriting a hosted table using the python api in Jupyter Notebooks.

I've logged in to the organizational account in the script where I'm an administrator and here is the rest of the code

oldcsv = gis.content.get('ecc751eadabe43c083360c07bb7cghbc')

oldcsvFLC = FeatureLayerCollection.fromitem(oldcsv)


And the response below.  This test was done on 40 records but I eventually want to use a dataset with >100,000

Any guidance or suggestions would be most welcome.  I simply want to update the hosted table which would be joined to a feature class of admin boundaries.  
---------------------------------------------------------------------------Exception                                 Traceback (most recent call last)<ipython-input-51-7974c8cc0fe0> in <module>----> 1 oldcsvFLC.manager.overwrite(r'C:\path\out4.csv')~\AppData\Local\ESRI\conda\envs\arcgispro-py3-clone1\lib\site-packages\arcgis\features\managers.py in overwrite(self, data_file)   1324         #region Perform overwriting   1325         if related_data_item.update(item_properties=params, data=data_file):-> 1326             published_item = related_data_item.publish(publish_parameters, overwrite=True)   1327             if published_item is not None:   1328                 return {'success': True}~\AppData\Local\ESRI\conda\envs\arcgispro-py3-clone1\lib\site-packages\arcgis\gis\__init__.py in publish(self, publish_parameters, address_fields, output_type, overwrite, file_type, build_initial_cache)   9030             return Item(self._gis, ret[0]['serviceItemId'])   9031         else:-> 9032             serviceitem_id = self._check_publish_status(ret, folder)   9033         return Item(self._gis, serviceitem_id)   9034  ~\AppData\Local\ESRI\conda\envs\arcgispro-py3-clone1\lib\site-packages\arcgis\gis\__init__.py in _check_publish_status(self, ret, folder)   9257                     #print(str(job_response))   9258                     if job_response.get("status") in ("esriJobFailed","failed"):-> 9259                         raise Exception("Job failed.")   9260                     elif job_response.get("status") == "esriJobCancelled":   9261                         raise Exception("Job cancelled.")Exception: Job failed. 
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I found a solution.  If you add the csv file to AGOL without publishing it then publish it (in my case as a table without geocoding), the overwrite method works (oldcsvFLC.manager.overwrite(r'C:\path\out4.csv').    It is when I publish the table from ArcGIS Pro (presumably ArcMap too) that the overwrite method doesn't work.  I suspect it has something to do with a service definition file which I do not see if I publish from within AGOL.

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Encountering the same issue as you: Job Failed. But not finding your solution to be a fix.

I never published from ArcPro but encountered the issue. I uploaded a non-spatial csv to ArcGIS Online. Then published it as a hosted table in a separate step. I wanted to update the data in that hosted table.

The FeatureLayerCollection.manager.overwrite method is resulting in failed job. I ensure the file name was identical to the one originally used (which is a very strange requirement). The file schema is identical to original since the same process generated the original and my update file. 

I can do so with the arcgis.features.Table delete and add features methods. But, there is a note that if you are working with more than 250 features the append method should be used. Problem is the append method is not working and seems to be a sticking point for many. Was examining this as an alternative.

just adding this info in case someone else comes along with same issue.



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Replying to a deleted post that was reposted over at https://community.esri.com/t5/python-questions/overwrite-hosted-table-with-new-data/m-p/1060818 

This is the flow for a process we have automated. The blue portion is the programmatic portion.

This was developed after encountering issues with the .overwrite() method. See my earlier reply, though I hadn't gotten the append method to work at that time. Hope this helps.

Power Outage Application - Cloud Model - Process Flow clipped for agol answer.png

The programmatic portion of the process goes as follows:

Create a connection object: gis_connection = 

arcgis.gis.GIS(your info)

Then get csv item by id:


Update the csv item using a local file (because the process requires a path):


Get the hosted table item by id:


Create a feature table item:


Analyze the item:


Delete the existing features:

features_table.delete_features(where="1=1", return_delete_results=True)

Append the new data:

attempt_ceiling = 3
for i in range(0, attempt_ceiling):
append_result = self.features_table.append(
except Exception as e:

# Esri exception is generic so there is no specific type to look for.
print(f"ATTEMPT {i + 1} OF {attempt_ceiling} FAILED. Exception in ESRI arcgis.features.Table.append()\n{e}")
print(f"Append Result: {append_result}")

 NOTE on the Append portion:

Esri update of an existing hosted feature layer using append functionality
The append function periodically throws an exception, and the ESRI code is not specific and is just
a type Exception. Was occurring 1-3 times per day out of 97 runs. Added a loop with sleep to introduce a
small amount of wait before retrying the append. Features in existing hosted table have been deleted prior
to the appending of new records so important to not fail out and leave an empty table in cloud.


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Discovered that my above lengthy process is only necessary because we were working with a hosted table joined to a spatial layer that was made into a hosted view. The view breaks the ability to use the simpler process described by @Kara_Shindle in https://community.esri.com/t5/python-questions/overwrite-hosted-table-with-new-data/m-p/1106710#M626... . That process works on a hosted layer that is a join of a hosted table and hosted spatial layer until you move to a view.

commRecTable = gis.content.get('{insert item ID here')
commRec_collection = FeatureLayerCollection.fromitem(commRecTable)


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