Changing field names in python script

Discussion created by charlpe on May 13, 2014
Latest reply on May 13, 2014 by charlpe
Hello All,

The short and sweet version is this:

I want to:

  1. Read the list of fields in a shapefile

  2. check for a field starting with "Pri*"

  3. If it is not named "Priority", I want to rename them to "Priority"

I use the Priority field as the Case field in the next tool (summary stats) and
some of the shapefiles have the field as "Priority_1" or something similar.

prifield = arcpy.ListFields(preparedfeatures, 'Pri*')
  if prifield != "Priority":
   arcpy.AddWarning('The priority field was named ' + str(prifield) + " and will be renamed.")
   arcpy.AddField_management(preparedfeatures, "Priority", "SHORT", "", "", "", "", "NULLABLE", "NON_REQUIRED", "")
   arcpy.CalculateField_management(preparedfeatures, "Priority", prifield , "PYTHON_9.3", "")

What prints in the console is this:
"The priority field was named [<Field object at 0x19b708f0[0x18f993b0]>] and will be renamed."

So clearly it is not reading the field names properly.

I have read about arcpy.Alterfield_management, but it reportedly does not work with shapefiles.

I have also tried iterating over the fields using the field index and looking for the field name I want, but no luck.
Thanks for your help.