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Retaining Field Names

Question asked by Tycho on Nov 5, 2013
Latest reply on Nov 6, 2013 by Tycho
Just finished the Python web class, and I???m stuck....

I have a Feature Class with a table joined to it.

If I use ArcMap to manually export the FC to a shapefile (TOC --> right-click FC --> Data --> Export Data) I get a new file with the new fields all having the names of the previously joined table fields (so, Owner, Care_Of, etc)

If I use any type of Python command (FeatureClassToFeatureClass_conversion, Project_management, Clip_analysis) in that same MXD the field names change to the name of the table they came from, followed by a number (so, ParcelJo_1, ParcelJo_2, etc)

What command am I missing to keep the original field names?

Thanks,
Tycho

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