Tools Running, Succeeding, but never actually finishing

Discussion created by RHpec0312 on Nov 22, 2013
Latest reply on Nov 22, 2013 by curtvprice

Over the past few weeks I have been experiencing a problem with my geoprocessing tools.  This problem forces me to kill ArcMap, end tasks, and restart ArcMap hoping it won't happen again.

What is happening is that a tool (ie. Append) will run to add an ocean polygon feature class to a waterbodies feature class with "No-Test".  The results window says Succeeded at Fri Nov 222 09:23:53 2013 (Elapsed Time 0.56 seconds).  However, the background process is still running and the results are never provided. 

I make maps, crunch data, and work a lot in ArcGIS.  Lately I have become good at killing it because the tools hang.  What types of solutions do you have aside from re-installing ArcMap 10.2.  Maybe a python re-install?