I have an ArcSDE (SQL) database and Feature Dataset with multiple layers involved in a Topology, with about a dozen rules. I've added a new FC and I'm now working on setting up and modifying the rules.
I know I can right-click the properties of the topology to see the rules, but I can't expand the properties box to see all three columns in full. Saving the rules creates a binary (non-readable) .rul file. I tried a select-all, copy/paste from the properties window but that does not work.
I know that a dozen rules isn't so much that I couldn't just right them down (which is what I willdo for now), but wondering if anyone has a tool or procedure for converting/viewing the .rul file as a a text file....or any other simple tool.
I figure this question with either be something simple I am missing, someone has a snazzy tool, or not work pursuing, but worth asking in case it's one of the first two.
I will answer and close (unless someone finds an answer) with the answer that it isn't possible (feel free to prove me wrong).
But to summarize, I will include some tips and something that almost got me what I wanted....but really just proved it wasn't possible (maybe with ArcObjects, but I'm not going there).
path = r"C:\ArcGIS\Default.gdb"
arcpy.env.workspace = path
gdb_objects = arcpy.ListDatasets(wild_card=None, feature_type='Feature')
print "Feature datasets are: " + str(gdb_objects) #only feature datasets are here
for obj in gdb_objects:
fd_path = os.path.join(path,obj)
arcpy.env.workspace = fd_path #get a new workspace pointed to the fd
fd_objects = arcpy.ListDatasets(wild_card=None, feature_type='')
for dataset in fd_objects: #iterate feature dataset objects
desc_dataset = arcpy.Describe(dataset)
if desc_dataset.datasetType == 'Topology': #finding out whether is topology
It gives the name of the topology, but no other info. But with that, and pointing me to the properties (I'm including 10.3 links)
I could then list the feature classes that are in the topology
pathtoTopology = r'full path to topology'
descTopoFC = arcpy.Describe(pathtoTopology)
However, I could not find anything that would print the FeatureClass, Rule, and 2nd-FeatureClass (if applicable) as shown in the properties.
So, closing this thread. If anyone finds anything, I would be interested, but not worth spending more time on it for me right now.