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When using a database server connection as input, certain geoprocessing tools fail to honor the 'Overwrite the outputs of geoprocessing operations' geoprocessing option and return "Error 00258."

Last Published: December 10, 2015 ArcGIS for Desktop
Bug ID Number BUG-000091272
SubmittedOctober 8, 2015
Last ModifiedJune 11, 2020
Applies toArcGIS for Desktop
Version found10.3.1
Operating SystemWindows
Operating System Version7
StatusKnown Limit


Yes, it is possible to overwrite an existing output file in ArcMap ModelBuilder. Follow the steps below to enable overwriting the output file:

  1. In ArcMap, click the Geoprocessing menu and click Geoprocessing Options.
  2. Check the Overwrite the outputs of geoprocessing operations option.
  3. Click OK.

In some cases, when involving enterprise geodatabase or server connections, some tools fail to recognize the overwrite settings and return an error. This may be due to a known limitation of the software to overwrite outputs that reside in the in_memory workspace. As a workaround, save the output in a database connection instead of database server connection.

Additional Information

Using a Database Connection provides the ability for overwriting the output. In a future release, the tool will provide a better indication that the tool does not run successfully in this scenario.


Use a database connection instead of a database server connection. 1. Right-click the enterprise geodatabase in the Catalog tree > Save Connection. 2. Use the database connection as the output location of the Feature Class To Feature Class tool.

Steps to Reproduce

Bug ID: BUG-000091272


  • ArcGIS for Desktop

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