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Error: SDE Error (-255) Spatial reference entry does not exist

Error Message

When using cov2sde or shp2sde to load a layer, this error message may occur:

SDE Error(-255) Spatial reference entry does not exist
Cov2SDE Error -255: Error in SDE_CreateLayerCover ().

Cause

Thhe "-R" option was used to specify a coordinate system identification number, as found in the file "$SDEHOME/include/pedef.h".

Solution or Workaround

Use the "-G" option to specify the coordinate system identification number.

The "-R" option is used in commands like cov2sde or shp2sde to specify the Spatial Reference Identification (SRID) number to use. This corresponds to an entry in the table SDE.SPATIAL_REFERENCES.