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How To: Update the primary table path name of an address locator without re-creating or rebuilding the locator

Summary

After editing an address locator, the locator must be rebuilt to apply the changes and keep the locator updated. However, the primary table path name cannot be changed directly once the locator is created unless there is a message asking the user to repair the locator while rebuilding.

After copying an existing locator, the primary table path name can be changed to a different location without having to re-create the locator to save time. Some users do not prefer re-creating the locators especially when using alias tables as it may invariably map the wrong fields.

The instructions provided describe how to update the primary table path name of an address locator without re-creating or rebuilding the locator.

Procedure

  1. Open the .loc.xml file in a text editor such as Notepad.
  2. Use the Find tool to search for the path name that the address locator is using.
  3. Replace all references in the .loc.xml file that refer to the primary table path with the new path name.
<path>C:\Student\ARC\Student\ARC1\</path>
  1. Save the changes.
  2. In ArcMap, rebuild the locator by right-clicking the address locator in the Catalog window > Rebuild. The primary table path name is changed.
Address Locator Properties dialog box.
 
Note:
To check if the primary table path name is updated, open the Address Locator Properties dialog box and 
expand the Reference data tables section.

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