arcpy 10.1 Tabulate Area fails unpredictably

Discussion created by mcwilli_style on Jun 18, 2013
Latest reply on Nov 14, 2013 by mcwilli_style
Hello everyone,

I am creating python scripts that make use of the Tabulate Area tool (ArcGIS 10.1). I have lately been experiencing odd behavior where a script will work initially, and then not work for a period of time... and then it will work again somewhat unexpectedly. When it fails, it fails on the TabulateArea line.

I use PyScripter as my IDE, and a script failure generates the message:
"[Errno 10054] An existing connection was forcibly closed by the remote host"

I have also experimented using IDLE, and I get the same failure behavior, but I do not receive an error message... it just doesn't complete the script.

This is a simplified version of the code that will itself generate errors (and sometimes work):

import arcpy
from import *

arcpy.env.overwriteOutput = True

zones = r'F:\...\zones.shp'
input_raster = r'F:\...\raster.shp'
outTable = r'F:\...\table.dbf'

TabulateArea(zones, 'zone_id', input_raster, 'raster_value', outTable, '#')

I have not experienced this problem with any other arcpy functions.

Does anyone have any ideas what could be going on? What is the "forcibly closed" message all about?

Thanks for your time and help!