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File names containing dash

Question asked by dkwiens Champion on Aug 22, 2014
Latest reply on Dec 3, 2018 by johns

Why is it that some (possibly most?) geoprocessing tools do not allow output shapefile names to start with a number (for example, Dissolve and Spatial Join), while others do (for example, Rename)? Also, why can you start a shapefile name with a number while exporting data (Data -> Export Data)? It does not seem to be a shapefile limitation, it seems to be a individual geoprocessing tool "check".

 

I ask because my organization's project numbers (surprise!) start with numbers, and it would make sense to start file names with the project number.

 

Message was edited by: Darren Wiens *This thread started off wondering why file names could not start with numbers, but it turns out they can.

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