An error occurred while running the 'Shapefile to Coverage' tool. Unloading tool.

Last Published: April 25, 2020

Error Message

While using Batch Processing with the Shapefile to Coverage tool in ArcToolbox or ArcCatalog, the following error occurs: An error occurred while running the tool 'Shapefile to Coverage'. Unloading the tool.


This is a known issue.

Solution or Workaround

Populate the tool as usual (including batch parameters), but before you execute, follow these steps:

  1. Save the contents of the tool to an AML.
    A. Click the 'Save to AML' button (button with disk icon).
    B. Specify a file name and save location.
    C. Click Save.

  2. Click OK to execute the tool.
  3. If an error occurs, close the tool and start it again from the ArcToolbox tree.
  4. Open the Batch Grid and use the Load from AML button to reload the parameters from Step 1.
    A. Click the 'Open AML' button (button with a folder icon)
    B. Select the file you saved in step 1.
    C. Click Open.

  5. Click OK to execute the tool.

Article ID:000003085

  • ArcMap 8 x

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