SHAPEARC returns 'Unknown shape type 0'

Last Published: April 25, 2020

Error Message

When running SHAPEARC, the following message is returned:

Arc: shapearc canada.shp outcov tempsub
13 Type 5 (POLYGON) shape records in E:\DEMO\CANADA.
Shape 13: Unknown shape type 0


Shape type 0 represents a geometry-less shape. Coverage format has no corresponding feature type, so SHAPEARC will not convert these types of shapes.

Solution or Workaround

Remove the shapefile's geometry-less features.

In ArcView:

1. Open the shapefile in ArcView as a theme in a view.

2. Check the theme on so it displays.

3. Click the Select Feature tool and drag a box around all of the features to select them.

4. Click the Open Theme Table button. The records of the selected features will be highlighted.

5. Click Edit > Switch Selection. The geometry-less records will now be highlighted.

6. Click Table > Start Editing.

7. Click Edit > Delete Records.

8. Click Table > Stop Editing. Click YES to save edits.

In ArcMap:

A. Add the shapefile as a new layer in ArcMap.

B. On the Editor toolbar, click Editor > Start Editing.

C. Click the Edit tool and drag a box to select all the features.

D. Right-click the layer name in the table of contents and click Open Attribute Table.

E. Records that are not highlighted are geometry-less records. Select the records that are not highlighted and delete them.

F. Repeat steps C and E until all of the geometry-less records are removed.

G. Click Editor > Stop Editing. Click YES to save edits.

Article ID:000002269

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  • ArcMap 8 x

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