Saving a toolbox from 10.4 to 10.3

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04-19-2016 03:20 AM
DuncanHornby
MVP Frequent Contributor

All,

I want to confirm with the user community that I have found a bug or is it some behaviour I have misunderstood? I have upgraded to 10.4. I have a toolbox created in 10.4 with a single script tool. So I have wired up a python script and exposed it as a tool and everything runs fine. If I choose Save As and save the toolbox to 10.3 (or any other earlier version) it creates a toolbox but it does not show the script tool inside. According to Windows Explorer the tbx files are exactly the same size as shown below:

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Is there a bug in 10.4 that is not allowing it to save backwardly? If so this is show stopper as no one can share anything!

Interestingly if the toolbox includes a model then I can view that in a earlier version but not a script tool.

The official help file page "Saving toolboxes to earlier versions" gives no indication that script tools are treated differently so this is why I wonder if it is bug?

Duncan

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DanPatterson_Retired
MVP Esteemed Contributor

So I take it, you have embedded the script in the 10.4 toolbox and then trying to save it to a previous version.

So, saving toolbox in a previous version isn't carrying the script over?

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DuncanHornby
MVP Frequent Contributor

Dan,

No the script is not embedded it's external. I have just tried to embed the script and Save As a 10.3 toolbox and this still does not work. I get a toolbox with nothing more than my model, I see no Script Tool.

Duncan

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DanPatterson_Retired
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I just did it in 10.3.1 and save back to 10.2 and the toolboxes are the exact same size as well.  I keep my scripts relative to the location of the toolbox either in a folder beneath or in the same folder as the toolbox. So if you script isn't showing and you have the same setup, then it is a bug.  The first is for 10.3.1 and the second is for 10.2 even though the toolbox labels are the same, since I didn't want to relabel it.

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DuncanHornby
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I can confirm that the paths are relative and the script is in a sub-folder called scripts, you can see it in the image in my original post. So it sounds very much like a bug in 10.4

Thanks for your help.

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DanPatterson_Retired
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And your script doesn't show as in my example, when it is loaded back into arctoolbox??? That is what I was showing, not a catalog view, but what it should look like in toolbox.  And you can run and older version in the newer, just no the other way around.

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DuncanHornby
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Yeah older 10.3 script tools in their toolboxes are all visible and can be executed in 10.4. When I Save As from 10.4 to 10.3 I cannot see them, I see no classic script icon in the toolbox when viewed in Catalog panel, despite the toolbox being exactly the same size when I check it in Windows Explorer.

I have fired this off as a bug to ESRI UK.

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DuncanHornby
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With some help from ESRI UK I've come to the conclusion that this problem is not with 10.4 but some corruption of the toolbox which is causing problems when I Save As. How, when, why, who and what has corrupted it I don't know but I can confirm that if I create a new toolbox in 10.4 and then save to an earlier version I can see the script tool.

I would have deleted this thread but it seems I cannot do this.

DanPatterson_Retired
MVP Esteemed Contributor

knowing something that is not a bug is as important as knowing something is

DuncanHornby
MVP Frequent Contributor

Very Zen!