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After applying Service Pack 1 for ArcSDE 9.1, an ArcSDE error -38 is displayed indicating that an 'Attribute column not found'. While there are many causes for this error message, this article addresses only one of them, a defect introduced at ArcSDE 9.1 Service Pack 1. The defect is only evident when the following conditions are met:
This is caused by a defect introduced into ArcSDE 9.1 Service Pack 1.
Excluding the shape.area and shape.length fields is usually the easiest means of avoiding this problem especially if these fields are not needed.