Isolating features, who have no matching row in a table

Discussion created by haffner on Apr 10, 2013
Latest reply on Apr 10, 2013 by MSummers-esristaff
I???ve been working with this for a while, but I feel like I must have hit a wall???

  • Everything is contained in one file geodatabase.

  • The point featureclass contains approximately 65000 features.

  • The table contains approximately 65000 rows.

  • The featureclass and the table have a key field that links them together.

My goal is to isolate those features, who have no matching row in the table and copy those features to a new featureclass.
To achieve this I???ve adopted the following approach:

  1. Use MakeFeatureLayer_management to create a layer from the point featureclass.

  2. Use AddJoin_management to join the table to the featureclass using the "KEEP_ALL" option

  3. Use MakeFeatureLayer_management to create another layer, with a where clause that selects only features where the joined key field is null.

  4. Open a search cursor on the feature layer from 3 and insert those features in a new featureclass.

This does NOT work. The feature layer defined in step 3 always contains no features.
To validate my approach, I tried doing the same thing in ArcMap. This did not work either.
To investigate further, I copied the featureclass and table to a personal geodatabase and tried again from ArcMap.  51 features were ??? as expected ??? selected.

How can this be done in a file geodatabase?
Is this the best way to isolate features, who have no matching row in the table and copy those features to a new featureclass?