Python list to where clause

Discussion created by mzcoyle on Oct 26, 2011
Latest reply on Nov 1, 2011 by mzcoyle
What I am trying to do is create a definition query or where clause on a polygon grid feature layer. Each grid feature has a name and that name references a unique geodatabase in a directory. What I am doing is checking for a particular layer(s) in each geodatabase, saving that corresponding name in the feature layer if found, and outputting another feature layer with just the polygons that have a geodatabase with a corresponding feature class. Hopefully that wasn't too convoluted.

My problem is, no matter what I've tried, I can't seem to pass this list on to something arcpy will take. Here's my code so far, simplified to just test if the geodatabase has features at all. The bold lines are where I would think I need to change to get this to work, crashes on the makefeaturelayer.

inputWorkspace = myWorkspace
dataList = list()
twnshpLyr = r"TFM_BKG.NEATLINE"
selectSearch = arcpy.SearchCursor(twnshpLyr)
for row in selectSearch:
    township = row.getValue("TILE_NAME")
    arcpy.env.workspace = inputWorkspace+os.sep+township+".mdb"
    fcList = arcpy.ListFeatureClasses()
    if fcList:
    else: continue
arcpy.MakeFeatureLayer_management(twnshpLyr, "townshipData", "TILE_NAME in (",str(dataList)+")")

Here is the error I get from the python window:
Runtime error <class 'arcgisscripting.ExecuteError'>: Failed to execute. Parameters are not valid. ERROR 000732: Workspace or Feature Dataset: Dataset (...all the feature values in the list...) does not exist or is not supported Failed to execute (MakeFeatureLayer).