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ApplySymbologyFromLayer_management sets polygon outlines to default

Question asked by GCAnalyticsMunich on Oct 20, 2016
Latest reply on Nov 8, 2016 by GCAnalyticsMunich

Hi all,


I'm struggling with an issue which I think is a bug in arcpy. I'm using AddSymbologyFromLayer_management to apply the symbology from a reference layerfile (yes, an actual layerFILE, not a layer within the mxd) to a newly created polygon shapefile which is displayed as a layer. This works fine, even when I change the field the symbology  shall be based on. However, when I also change the class breaks (I use GRADUATED_COLORS here), the outlines, which are set to "No color" in the reference layerfile, are set back to default, which means some kind of grey with 0.4pt width. This behaviour only occurs when I change the class breaks via code, if I keep them as they are, everything is fine.


This is what I basically do within the code:

# get reference layer
ref_lyr_file = os.path.join(workspace, 'styles', 'graduated_colors_reference_style.lyr')
# get newly created layer
new_lyr = arcpy.mapping.ListLayers(mxd, lyr, mapDF)[0]
# import symbology from reference layer-file
arcpy.ApplySymbologyFromLayer_management(new_lyr, ref_lyr_file)
# set value field
new_lyr.symbology.valueField = draw_param_dict[draw_parameter]
# reclassify values
breaks = new_lyr.symbology.classBreakValues
# round values nicely as new class breaks
lenMin = len(str(int(breaks[1])))
new_breaks = [int((round(b / (10 ** lenMin), 2)) * (10 ** lenMin)) for b in breaks]
# update map document
new_lyr.symbology.classBreakValues = new_breaks

How I create the new breaks is not important, so you can skip this section. The thing is: the polygon outlines are set back to the default color ONLY AFTER applying new class break values.


Does anyone know how to get around this?


Thanks for any help