The version could not be reconciled

Last Published: November 25, 2020

Error Message

When reconciling a secondary version to primary, the following error may be encountered:

The version could not be reconciled.
This article is specifically for those cases where no additional information is provided in the error message.
This article pertains to ArcGIS versions 9.x. Later versions of ArcGIS may contain different functionality, as well as different names and locations for menus, commands and geoprocessing tools.


The system is unable to perform the requested operation and is unable to provide any detail as to why. Errors such as this can be caused by geometric network errors, inconsistent attributes with relationships, or internal logical conditions during the requested reconcile operation.

Solution or Workaround

Below are a few steps that may provide the additional information needed to solve the problem.

  1. Enable SDEINTERCEPT logging on the ArcMap client machine to see if an error message is logged between the data source and client.
ArcSDE software, including the application server, command tools, and SDK with C and Java APIs, was deprecated at ArcGIS 10.2.2 and is no longer distributed.
  1. Close ArcMap.
  2. Set the following Windows environment variables:
set SDEINTERCEPTLOC=%TEMP%\sde_intercept_file
  1. Start ArcMap from a desktop shortcut or command (CMD) prompt. Do not start it from a previously running ArcCatalog or other ArcGIS session.
  2. Reproduce the error.
  3. Find the newly created file in the %TEMP% location. If the location of the newly created file is unknown, open a command prompt and type:
cd %TEMP%
dir sde_intercept_file*.*
  1. Open the file and search for the words 'error' or 'GetConnectionError'.

If help is still needed identifying the source of this error and the SDEINTERCEPT did not contain any additional information, the next step is to contact Esri Support Services.

It may be necessary to provide the data to Esri Support Services.

Article ID:000010048

  • ArcMap 9 x

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