The features could not be moved

Last Published: May 3, 2021

Error Message

This article pertains to ArcGIS versions 8.x, 9.x, and 10.0 only. Later versions of ArcGIS may contain different functionality, as well as different names and locations for menus, commands and geoprocessing tools.

Attempting to move the features after issuing the Delete/Split command on the edge, in an edge-junction composite relationship, will produce this error:

The features could not be moved
A requested feature object could not be located


On Delete/Split of the edge, the connected junctions are deleted as well, which leaves detached junctions in their place. Attempting to move any of the detached junctions will produce the error.

Likewise, deleting any of the connected junctions and then trying to move the edge will produce a similar error.

Solution or Workaround

To correct the detached junctions, after doing a Delete/Split of the edge in the edge-junction relationship, use the Rebuild Connectivity tool over the affected area.

It is not possible to repair the features after deleting the junction in the edge-junction relationship. Undo the operation or remove the junction from the relationship class prior to deleting.

The Verify Connectivitiy tool cannot be used to identify these features. 

Article ID:000003635

  • ArcMap 9 x
  • ArcMap 8 x
  • ArcMap 10 0

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