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The Create Feature task could not be completed.
Invalid SQL syntax() [owner.tablename]
The sde.states table has become too large (too many rows). To process the Create Features task, ArcSDE queries this table; the resulting query statement exceeds an Oracle query size limitation.
This issue was fixed in version 8.1, so the best solution is to upgrade. In the meantime it is possible to temporarily eliminate the error by following these steps: