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Why is split by attributes different in arcpy than ARCGIS?

Question asked by marcg12 on Apr 29, 2018
Latest reply on Apr 29, 2018 by marcg12

I am attempting to automate a workflow in python.  If I execute the "split by attributes" tool in AGRGIS, the output is shapefiles (which is what I want).  However, if I "copy as python snippet" from the results window and paste it into a python script...the output is dbf files.  The output is being saved to a gdb.  The output is only a table whether it is saved to a folder or gdb.


The python snippet:


arcpy.SplitByAttributes_analysis(Input_Table="contours", Target_Workspace="C:/temp/data.gdb", Split_Fields="CONTOUR")



Why doesn't arcpy generate shapefiles?