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Running a for loop over an empty cursor

Question asked by CCStormwater on Mar 11, 2013
Latest reply on Mar 12, 2013 by curtvprice
ArcStandard 10.1

I have the following snippet in my script (with an intentionally empty cursor via where-clause):

271    rows = arcpy.da.SearchCursor(fc, Fields, "1=2") 272    arcpy.AddMessage(str(rows)) 273    arcpy.AddMessage("Before") 274    for row in rows: 275        arcpy.AddMessage("In")

When I run it I get this:

Running script UpDownTest... <da.SearchCursor object at 0x1758E700> Before  Traceback (most recent call last):   File "C:\Projects\UpstreamDownstream\", line 274, in <module>     for row in rows: RuntimeError: A column was specified that does not exist.  Failed to execute (UpDownTest).

I'd thought before I started debugging that maybe I had a field name misspelled, but from printing the cursor I can see that an object is returned (though we know it's an empty cursor), and I can see I'm printing text after the cursor is created.  Thus it seems like the error really is in the for loop.  I can't figure out what's wrong here.  Shouldn't the for loop just be passed over?  Any suggestions?