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Error: GIS dataset does not exist

Error Message

After importing a PC ArcInfo interchange file (.e00) from a workstation, the DEFTHM or LISTDB commands return the following error:

"GIS data set does not exist"

Cause

The software does not recognize the resulting data as a coverage due to one or more of the following reasons:

  • The coverage or folder name is less than three or more than eight characters, or may begin with a number
  • The file location is on the root drive
  • The data is not in the location where the theme is pointing
  • The coverage may not contain a TIC file
  • The SHARE variable is enabled
  • There is not enough memory

Solution or Workaround

Warning:
The instructions below include making changes to essential parts of your operating system. It is recommended that you backup your operating system and files, including the registry, before proceeding. Consult with a qualified computer systems professional, if necessary.

Esri cannot guarantee results from incorrect modifications while following these instructions; therefore, use caution and proceed at your own risk.

The coverage or folder name is less than three or more than eight characters, or may begin with a number

  • Coverages and folders in ArcCAD paths must be at least three, and no more than eight characters. In addition, file or directory names that start with a number are not acceptable and ArcCAD will ignore them.

The file location is on the root drive

  • The working directory cannot be set to the root drive, such as C:\ or D:\; nor can it be set to either the ARCADWIN or ARCAD directories. The proper working directory must be a subdirectory of root. For example: C:\TESTDIR or D:\TESTDIR.

The data is not in the location where the theme is pointing

  • When copying a¬†drawing file to another computer or location, keep in mind that the themes store only a path to the dataset.
    1. Use the "Kill" command to delete the themes.
    2. Define new themes pointing to the GIS dataset.

The coverage may not contain a TIC file

  • Add a TIC.DBF file into the coverage subdirectory. From ArcCAD:
    1. Create a file called TIC.DBF.
    2. Define a record theme called TIC and specify TIC as the GIS dataset.
    3. ADDITEMS to the theme with the following definitions:
Code:
NAME   WIDTH   TYPE   DECIMALS 
IDTIC   11      N      0 
XTIC    13      N      6 
YTIC    13      N      6 
  1. MODREC the TIC file and use these values for the first 2 tics:
Code:
IDTIC = 1 IDTIC = 2 
XTIC = 0 XTIC = 0 
YTIC = 500000 YTIC = 500000 
  1. Copy the new TIC.DBF file into the coverage subdirectory.

The SHARE variable is enabled

  1. Check the AUTOEXEC.BAT file for any instance of SHARE.
  2. Remark it out and reboot the computer if SHARE is enabled.

There is not enough memory
There may not be enough memory allocated to the DOS shell.

  1. Check the CONFIG.SYS file for a SHELL statement showing where COMMAND.COM is located and how much memory is allocated to the shell.
  2. Add a SHELL statement as shown below if it is not present. A minimum memory allocation of 1024 is recommended.
SHELL=C:\DOS\COMMAND.COM C:\DOS\ /E:1024 /P