Broken data link indicator for group layers

06-16-2021 05:31 AM
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With hundred of layers, I always group my layers.  It was the same in Arcmap but, one think always frustrating me is if a link is missing, you can't see it unless always expand the group and sub group. For now, I have a bug showing missing link but they are there in the map so...

It will be very nice when layers are group with a missing link inside the group to show the mark on the group to make it more easy to pinpoint.  Maybe a yellow "!" to indicate a problem in this group.


Something that would probably be helpful, especially with hundreds of layers, is to use the Contents pane filter functionality to show just broken data links:



Hi, Kory,

Yes I know you can filter them.  Since you do not think about filtering each time, when the job is finish and you return later.

So the idea is to have a mark to tricker the need to filter TOC to show the new missing link the change in the data could have done.

I have to reopen projects in month, years after it was made and debug to change my annotations.  So in my mind the project is ok,  I do not thing something is missing unless I see a visualisation to go further in the process.  

But, why is now buggy for me.  See my question


Hi @MarcelSt-Germain I'd recommend refining the title of your idea to make it more discoverable for other community members looking for this functionality.

Instead of "Missing links" maybe something that better describes what is being requested.  Something like "Broken data link indicator for group layers" may help others find your idea when searching.

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I have been intending to log this very same request over the last few weeks and kept forgetting - looks like I was beaten to it by @MarcelSt-Germain. All the same, I have learnt that you can filter by broken links (Thanks @KoryKramer - this will be handy) but also support the idea for an indicator at the grouped layer level showing broken links of the sub-layers. You're not always expecting broken links and therefore won't look for them, and in our maps, almost always are buried in Group Layers too. 



By the way, I have install since I use it for many years in arcmap.  In pro they have a nice feature.  Checking source at startup and, a very, very more easy to use datasource manager.  It could be the solution. Give many useful tools like a real Identify tool who ESRI doesn't port from arcmap.


@MarcelSt-Germain it's been a looooong time since our organisation used XTools. Might need to look into them again.