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Date:         Wed, 13 Jun 2007 09:25:53 -0400
Reply-To:     "Vanderkam,Robert [NCR]" <[log in to unmask]>
Sender:       Biological Conservation and GIS <[log in to unmask]>
From:         "Vanderkam,Robert [NCR]" <[log in to unmask]>
Subject:      Re: commandments
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Okay, so there were only 25. Such is memory. But what a good laugh! I'm posting them here from http://www.fsl.orst.edu/helpdesk/gis/command.html but they sure do look like what my colleagues at the Geological Survey of Canada wrote way back when... ARC/Info Ten Commandments (actually 25) ________________________________ 1. Thou shalt not have more than 500 Info files. 2. Thou shalt not have more than 300 GRID files. 3. Thou shalt not use upper case letters anywhere, lest thy files hide. 4. Thou shalt not use dots (".") in a Grid file name. 5. Thou shalt pretty-print thy AML program using SPACE, and SPACE alone. No TABs shalt thou use, lest they be misinterpreted as meaningful, and become an abomination unto you. 6. Thou shalt not use INFO if it can be avoided. 7. Thou shalt not bother to read the documentation for INFO. 8. Thou shalt not build a point coverage as poly or vice versa, as this is deemed to be a great sin and your pointers will corrupteth. 9. Thou shalt not rm xx* while thy neighbor worketh. 10. Thou shalt not rm -r to delete coverages, as thy attribute files shall persist. 11. Thou shalt not mv to rename coverages or cp to copy coverages, as thy link to the attribute table will be lost. 12. Thou shalt not use default tolerances for clean. 13. Thou shalt not use lower case letters in INFO. 14. Thou shalt not use the command cd whilst using Arc/Info; for w be thy way to change workspaces. 15. Thou shalt not CREATEWORKSPACE with the name of an existing coverage (or vice versa); for KILL will remove both. 16. Thou shalt not SORT coverage attribute tables; for thy link to attributes will be lost. (Obtain absolution by sorting again in the cover#.) 17. Thou shalt not edit (or even open) a coverage when someone else is editing it. (Formerly: Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's coverage.) 18. Thou shalt not name a coverage starting with xx, lest thou want ARC/Info to remove it automatically. 19. Thou shalt not use stream digitizing as the Disciples of Dangermond hath deemed this as evil. 20. Thou shalt learn to type extremely long commands and arguments and never shalt thou abbreviate help commands; as there be solace and praise in the art of typing. 21. Thou shalt ever be dismayed that Arc/Info alloweth sin without complaint. 22. Thou shalt not add items to .tic or .bnd files. 23. Thou shalt not sort look-up tables on any but the key item. 24. Thou shalt not exceed 13 characters in thy coverage name; elst thy cover# and cover-id shall be truncated. 25. Thou shalt always remember that black is white on thy screen; yet white is black on thy paper. ________________________________ From: Biological Conservation and GIS [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Andrew Couturier Sent: June 12, 2007 10:54 PM To: [log in to unmask] Subject: commandments Google "arc/info commandments" and you will find various permutations of the document. A real blast from the past! Cheers, -Andrew ________________________________ From: Biological Conservation and GIS [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Vanderkam,Robert [NCR] Sent: Tuesday, June 12, 2007 5:18 PM To: [log in to unmask] Subject: Re: Spatial Analyst error in Reclassification Other 149 RULES??? I've had a number of requests for this rules list, and I have asked a colleague if he has them, but keep in mind that this is about ArcInfo v6.x, so there's no saying they will be useful. I will post them if they become available. Looks like everyone hopes for a silver bullet, but it probably won't be that. :-) Regards, Rob ----- Original Message ----- From: Vanderkam,Robert [NCR] <mailto:[log in to unmask]> To: [log in to unmask] Sent: Tuesday, June 12, 2007 3:41 PM Subject: Re: Spatial Analyst error in Reclassification That's the case for all ESRI products as far back as I can remember. A group of geology IM folks I used to work with back in 1997 had a list of "10 commandments for using ArcInfo" which contained rules that one "shalt not do" when using ArcInfo. The list had over 150 rules, including this one. cheers Rob Vanderkam ________________________________ From: Biological Conservation and GIS [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Nate Peterson Sent: June 11, 2007 6:57 PM To: [log in to unmask] Subject: Re: Spatial Analyst error in Reclassification Hi Looks like your data is in a folder with a path name that has spaces in it. For whatever reason grid functions seem to get hung up when there are spaces in any part of the path name. Move all your data and set your workspace to a folder at the root (e.g. c:\workspace\). Cheers, Nate Peterson ----- Original Message ---- From: Eric Krueger <[log in to unmask]> To: [log in to unmask] Sent: Tuesday, 12 June, 2007 2:01:39 AM Subject: Spatial Analyst error in Reclassification Hi.. I'm encountering this error trying to reclassify raster data -- I've tried several different datasets; they all produce the same error: An error was encountered while executing Reclassify. ("esriGeoAnalyst.GridEngine") GRID ERROR - Syntax error at or near symbol SSG~1\GAP_data\sc_landcov, C:\DOCUME~1\eric\MYDOCU~1\ROB'SG~1 \Temp\remap2, DATA) Error in executing grid expression Failed to execute (Reclassify_8). I've done other reclassifications successfully.. I'm confident I'm using the software correctly. Any ideas? Eric ************************ CONSGIS LISTSERV To unsubscribe send to [log in to unmask] this email message SIGNOFF CONSGIS Questions? Contact Pete August, [log in to unmask] ************************* ________________________________ How would you spend $50,000 to create a more sustainable environment in Australia? 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