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How to pass arguments to main function in module?

Question asked by Playa on Mar 12, 2017
Latest reply on Mar 13, 2017 by Playa

I have recently started learning more about Python Packages and Modules. I'm currently busy updating my existing modules so that that can be run as script or imported as a module into my other code. I'm not sure how to construct my input arguments within my module and pass them to the main() function within my module.

I've have written my my main() function and called it under if __name__ == '__main__' passing the input arguments. The inputs are currently hard coded to show what I'm trying to achieve. Any help in how to correctly construct my input arguments that the user will pass, which will then be passed onto the main function will be appreciated.

As mentioned I'm trying to be able to use the following as a script when used directly or imported as a module into my other code and run from there. If I import it as a module would I call the main() function when importing it? Is the following structure correct in how I have written the following? Any advice is appreciated.


Created on March 12, 2017

Create a new ArcHydro Schema

File Geodatabase and Rasters


@author: PeterW

# import site-packages and modules
import re
from pathlib import Path
import arcpy

# set environment settings
arcpy.env.overwriteOutput = True

def archydro_rasters_folder(workspace):
    """Create rasters folder directory
    if it doens't already exist"""

    model_name = Path(workspace).name
    layers_name = re.sub(r"\D+", "Layers", model_name)
    layers_folder = Path(workspace, layers_name)
    if layers_folder.exists():
        arcpy.AddMessage("Rasters folder: {0} exists".format(layers_name))
        arcpy.AddMessage("Rasters folder {0} created".format(layers_name))

def archydro_fgdb_schema(schema, dem, workspace):
    """Create file geodatabase using XML
    schema and set coordinate system based
    on input DEM if it doesn't already exist"""

    model_name = Path(workspace).name
    fgdb = "{0}.gdb".format(model_name)
    if arcpy.Exists(str(Path(workspace, fgdb))):
        arcpy.AddMessage("{0} file geodatabase exists".format(fgdb))
        new_fgdb = arcpy.CreateFileGDB_management(str(workspace), fgdb)
        import_type = "SCHEMA_ONLY"
        config_keyword = "DEFAULTS"
        arcpy.AddMessage("New {0} file geodatabase created".format(fgdb))
        arcpy.ImportXMLWorkspaceDocument_management(new_fgdb, schema,
        arcpy.AddMessage("ArcHydro schema imported")
        projection = arcpy.Describe(dem).spatialReference
        projection_name = projection.PCSName
        feature_dataset = Path(workspace, fgdb, "Layers")
        arcpy.AddMessage("Changed projection to {0}".format(projection_name))

def main(workspace, dem, schema):
    """main function to create rasters folder
    and file geodatabase"""

    archydro_fgdb_schema(schema, dem, workspace)

if __name__ == '__main__':
    main(workspace = r"E:\Projects\2016\01_Bertrand_Small_Projects\G113268\ArcHydro\Model04",
         dem = r"E:\Projects\2016\01_Bertrand_Small_Projects\G113268\ArcHydro\DEM2\raw",
         schema = r"E:\Python\Masters\Schema\ESRI_UC12\ModelBuilder\Schema\Model01.xml")