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"Tool not licenced" while debugging in Python IDE

Question asked by mboeringa2010 on Jun 2, 2012
Latest reply on Jun 2, 2012 by mboeringa2010
Hi all,

Just starting with Python, I now decided it was time to see if I could get debugging functional in a Python IDE, to ease coding and debugging. Since I couldn't get PythonWin to function as a debugger for ArcGIS, even after specifically setting it as the debugging application in ArcGIS 10's Geoprocessing Options, I decided to download PyScripter instead, as I saw it mentioned on another forum. That works! I could get it launched from ArcGIS by right clicking a script and choosing "Debug". It properly loads and executes and nicely shows all content and properties of the variables and functions used in the script. However, as soon as I use a Spatial Analyst command (which is licenced, and I have run the same script successfully from ArcGIS), the debugger stops at that point stating "The tool is not licensed" as visible in the PyScripter "Python Interpreter" window.

Is there anything else I need to do to make an external Python IDE like PyScripter aware of available licenses on extensions like Spatial Analyst? Any specific settings to be made or arcpy modules to import???

Any suggestions welcome!