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How To: Name coverages for conversion with ARCDFAD

Summary

ARCDFAD requires all coverages in the source workspace to be named DSnnnL or DSnnnP. The nnn part of the name must be a number, such as 01 or 001. For example, DS001L.

Procedure

  • DSnnnL coverages must contain point and/or line features to be converted.
  • DSnnnP coverages must contain lines that enclose an area.
  • An L and P coverage is not necessary for each DSnnn name.
  • Data containing just points only needs an L coverage.
  • Areas defined by closed lines only require a P coverage.
  • Use the RENAME command to apply these types of names.

    Note:
    It appears there is no limit to the length of the number used in the DFAD naming convention. However, more than 4 digits may become a problem when performing other ARCDFAD pre-processing tasks.