Find and replace a character within a field in geodatabase

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07-08-2014 02:17 AM
PeterVersteeg
Occasional Contributor II

Hello I have a geodatabase with many features with tables.

I use a tool that splits a features by attribute

(build by Dan_Patterson,    http://resources.arcgis.com/gallery/file/geoprocessing/details?entryID=37AEB018-1422-2418-A036-CA6D9...).

Same field I use have a comma(,) in it and the tool Dan build cannot work with that.

For now I use the find and replace from the table options to make de "," a "_".

Is there a tool or script that will do the search and replace in my geadatabase for all features?

Thank you and Greetings Peter

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DuncanHornby
MVP Frequent Contributor

Peter,

I am not aware of a built in tool that can do this.

Can you program in Python?  You could create a cursor that cycles through a workspace then get the attribute table and run some sort of update cursor on the specified field.

Duncan

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HåvardMoe
New Contributor III

Wouldn't it be possible to just use CalculateField with a small script code block to replace the commas?

Expression: "Recode(!FIELDNAME!)

ExpressionType = "PYTHON_9.3"

Code Block:

def Recode(input):

    output = input.replace(',', '_')

    return output

This could be wrapped in code to iterate feature classes and fields for an entire geodatabase if needed...

PeterVersteeg
Occasional Contributor II

Thank you all for the fast reply. I will be on the lookout for your new build Dan. But in the meantime I will try the script and make a model.

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DanPatterson_Retired
MVP Esteemed Contributor

Special characters will be incorporated in the next build...they were omitted to ensure that the backslash ( \ ) wouldn't be encountered during a Python query.