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Delete features without creating new output with ArcPy

Question asked by MollyKFoley on Jan 3, 2018
Latest reply on Jan 3, 2018 by MollyKFoley

Is it possible to delete features from an existing dataset without creating a new output feature class with ArcPY?

 

I have a dataset I'm working with and it gets altered over and over again throughout the whole script. Creating a new output feature class every time is going to get very very confusing. Is there no way to delete features without creating a new output file? It's not like you can select records and delete them from the main dataset since Select creates a new output file as well. Anything you delete from a selected set won't be reflected in the "real" dataset since selections are separate files. Am I wrong in this logic? 

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