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Advanced search options for data

10-04-2011 12:16 PM
Status: Open
Esri Notable Contributor
It would be helpful to have advanced search options for data based upon its properties. The Search Window already provides the ability to search by data type.  Here is a list of some properties that would provide better search capabilities:

Storgage Type (shapefile, Personal Geodatabase, File Geodatabase, SDE)
File Size
Number of Features
Coordinate System
Raster Format
Raster Pixel Type
Raster Pixel Depth

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Here's one I just found: Field name.

You would think it would be easy to test all indexed locations to find all datasets that have a certain field.  Let's say that a field has had its format changed for a set of client datasets.  I need to find all of those datasets on our system that use this field and update them to match.

Easy, right? I just type the field into 'Find' and away we g... No, "0 items".  

The only way to do this appears to either to manually view properties on every item in the database(!), dump database schema to text and parse, or write a gp script to search connections for this information.

(Yes I did ReadTheFineManual)