Selecting Features by Date

11-13-2017 11:50 AM
New Contributor III

I'm trying to select all the features in a feature class that have been edited in the past day. I'm using SelectLayerByAttribute_management and I keep getting an error on the SQL query and was hoping someone could give me a hand.

In the code below lyr is the feature class being evaluated and MOD_DATE is the date field being checked.

yesterday = - timedelta(1)
yesterdaysDate = yesterday.strftime("%m/%d/%y %I:%M:%S")

SQL_statement = "MOD_DATE >= 'yesterdaysDate'"
arcpy.MakeFeatureLayer_management(lyr, "FEATURE_SELECTION")
arcpy.SelectLayerByAttribute_management("FEATURE_SELECTION", "NEW_SELECTION", SQL_statement)
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MVP Regular Contributor


SQL_statement = "MOD_DATE >= '"+yesterdaysDate+"'"‍‍

And, noting Joshua Bixby‌'s comment below,  you may need to proceed your date with the word "date" (if using a file geodatabase, for example):

SQL_statement = "MOD_DATE >= date '"+yesterdaysDate+"'"
New Contributor III

Thank you very much. The second statement worked.

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MVP Esteemed Contributor

Seeing I don't know what back-end database is hosting your data, I can't offer a specific suggestion.  In general, dates and times are handled differently depending on the back-end database:  SQL reference for query expressions used in ArcGIS—Help | ArcGIS Desktop 

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Occasional Contributor II

What is the underlying database, and what is the error?

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New Contributor III

The feature classes are being pulled in through an SDE connection to an Oracel database.

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