Temporary (scratch) datasets are not removed during Spatial Analyst operations

Last Published: April 25, 2020


** This issue is addressed in ArcGIS 9.0 Service Pack 2 (SP2) **

The Spatial Analyst extension does not currently remove temporary datasets created during processing operations. These temporary datasets may be created by running a function that takes feature data as input, such as the density, interpolation, and viewshed functions. Eventually, when looping through many iterations, the maximum number of files in a folder can be reached and the operation will fail.


This is a known issue.

With the fix available in ArcGIS 9.0 Service Pack 2, all temporary shapefiles created during Spatial Analyst operations will be automatically removed at the end of the operation.


** This issue is addressed in ArcGIS 9.0 Service Pack 2 (SP2).

Click on the link in Related Information below and download Service Pack 2, if necessary. **

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