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Can I control which strings get replaced by g_ESRI_variable_*

Question asked by lscharen on Jul 15, 2014

I have a python script tool that I publish as a geoprocessing service.  There are several places in my code where I want to split the longName of a layer into its components using the python split() method:


    prefix = lyr.longName.split("\\")[0]


However, when the script tool is published, the code transformation that ArcGIS Server applies detects the "\\" string as a path and assigns it to an g_ESRI_variable that causes the code to fail.  Here is code that exists in ArcGIS server extracted/ folder


    g_ESRI_variable_2 = os.path.join(arcpy.env.packageWorkspace, u'arctoolbox')


    prefix = lyr.longName.split(g_ESRI_variable_2)[0]


Is there a way to indicate that a particular string literal should be let alone? Or perhaps an alternative way of performing the split that will not trigger the path replacement?