How To: Remove orphaned objects (feature classes) from a geodatabase
In the event of data or users being removed from a back-end database, geodatabase objects are sometimes orphaned. The most likely causes for this are:
- The objects were unintentionally dropped by a user with a SQL command.
- During database migration, the geodatabase objects were lost.
The instructions provided describe how to remove an orphaned object from a geodatabase. Before proceeding with the following workflow, ensure a recent verified and tested backup has been completed.
- In the back-end database, use SQL to create a table with the same name as the orphaned object.
CREATE TABLE <orphaned_table_name> ( column_name1 data_type, column_name2 data_type, column_name3 data_type, .... )
- Use ArcCatalog to delete <orphaned_table_name>.
- To add the feature class back in to the geodatabase, create the feature class in ArcCatalog with the same name.
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Last Published: 8/8/2017
Article ID: 000011812
Software: Legacy Products