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Importing a feature class having representations using ‘Import XML Workspace Document’ from SDE Geodatabase to a file/SDE Geodatabase returns an error – “Import xml data failed. The operation was attempted on an empty geometry”.

Last Published: February 27, 2015 ArcGIS for Desktop
Bug ID Number BUG-000084709
SubmittedJanuary 23, 2015
Last ModifiedMay 5, 2023
Applies toArcGIS for Desktop
Version found10.3
StatusWill Not Be Addressed

Additional Information

We apologize that we were unable to address this issue within the current product support cycle. If the issue continues to affect your work in a supported release, please contact Technical Support. Note that ArcGIS 10.8.2 is the current release of ArcGIS Desktop and will enter Mature Support in March 2024 ( There are no plans to release an ArcGIS Desktop 10.9, and we recommend that you migrate to ArcGIS Pro. See Migrate from ArcMap to ArcGIS Pro ( for more information.


Use Copy/Paste, OR Export/Import method.For ArcGIS Desktop 10.6:Use ArcGIS Desktop 10.5.1 to import XML containing representations

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Bug ID: BUG-000084709


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