ArcCatalog Search for Feature Classes

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04-10-2015 11:54 AM
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RobertBorchert
Frequent Contributor III
Similar Idea to a Windows search of your hard drive.  This would be built into Catalog such that you could select a folder or hard drive and it will search all folders and subfolders for ShapeFiles and Feature Classes in file and personal geodatabases.

Say I have a feature I created for a specific task called SearchToolExplained and it resides in a database or as a shapefile in a folder and I cannot remember where I put it.  I could then in ArcCatalog search for SearchToolExplained and it would then search all Shapefiles and databases and find all instances of that Feature Class.
2 Comments
MarkVolz
Hello,
This python script will search vector but not raster layers....

import arcpy, sys, os

#arcpy.env.workspace = "D:\Lakeland_GIS\GDB\Lakeland\Lakeland.gdb"

orig_stdout = sys.stdout
f = file('gislayers.txt', 'w')
sys.stdout = f
feature_classes = []
for dirpath, dirnames, filenames in arcpy.da.Walk(workspace,datatype="FeatureClass"):
    for filename in filenames:
        feature_classes.append(os.path.join(dirpath, filename))
        thisline = "Dir Path, " + dirpath + ", Dataset, " + filename
        print thisline
sys.stdout = orig_stdout
f.close()
 
RobertBorchert
I see a lot of people posting solutions wiht Python but I really have no idea what to do witht he script you posted.  

I used to write VB and looking at the script you posted it lookas as though it is only going to search a specified database.