MakeFeatureLayer causes feature class to "not exist"

Discussion created by rmartin4 on Jul 16, 2012
Latest reply on Jul 19, 2012 by rmartin4
I am writing a Python script which uses MakeFeatureLayer_management. I was having some problems which I narrowed down to the following behavior:


So essentially I make a feature layer out of a line feature class in a file geodatabase, and then the feature class ceases to "exist". It still shows up in the table of contents and I can interact with its attribute table just fine, but it won't respond to any Python calls. The feature layer, however, does exist. Can anyone explain what might be happening here?