Error: Unloading the tool

Error Message

The Shapefile to Coverage tool in ArcToolbox or ArcCatalog processes 50% of the shapefile and then stops with this message:

ArcToolbox Warning
An error occured while running 'Shapefile to Coverage'
Unloading the tool


The shapefile contains a shape type 0, which represents a geometry-less shape. Coverage format has no corresponding feature type, so these types of shapes will not be converted.

Solution or Workaround

Remove type 0 shapes from the shapefile with ArcMap.

A. Add the shapefile as a new layer in ArcMap.

B. On the Editor toolbar, click Editor > Start Editing.

C. Click the Edit tool and drag a box to select all the features.

D. Right-click the layer name in the table of contents and click Open Attribute Table.

E. Records that are not highlighted are geometry-less records. Select the records that are not highlighted and delete them.

F. Repeat steps C and E until all of the geometry-less records are removed.

G. Click Editor > Stop Editing. Click YES to save edits.