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Problem: Permissions issue warning is returned when attempting to edit feature classes

Description

When attempting to edit feature classes in a file geodatabase using the Start Editing option, the attempt fails with a permissions issue warning.

Warning:   
Check to see that you have the appropriate permissions.
Warning message in when clicking the Start Editng option

Cause

There are several possible causes for this issue:

  • The file is located in a network drive.
  • The layer or table is read-only.
  • Lack of proper permissions to edit the file geodatabase.
  • The file geodatabase is corrupted.

Solution or Workaround

Use one of the following solutions to resolve this issue depending on the cause:

Save the data in a local drive
In ArcMap or ArcGIS Pro, save the data in a local drive and use the data from the local drive instead of the network drive data.

Uncheck the Read-only option in the file geodatabase properties

  1. In the Windows File Explorer path where the file geodatabase is saved, right-click the file geodatabase folder and select Properties.
  2. In the General tab, uncheck the Read-only option in the Attributes section.
  3. Click Apply > OK.

    Uncheck the Read-only box
     

Assign full control permissions to edit the file geodatabase

  1. In the Windows File Explorer path where the file geodatabase is saved, right-click the file geodatabase folder and select Properties.
  2. In the Security tab, click the group or user name of the logged in Windows account.
  3. Under Permissions for Authenticated Users, verify that the username has full control. If it does not, click Edit and assign full control permissions to that username.
  4. Click Apply > OK.

    Assigns full control permissions to the file geodatabase
     

Create a new file geodatabase or repair the corrupted file geodatabase

  1. Create a new file geodatabase with full control permissions as in the previous option.
  2. Add the feature classes to the new geodatabase using Import > Feature class (multiple).
  3. Add the feature classes from the new geodatabase to ArcMap or ArcGIS Pro, and edit the feature classes.
Another option is to use the Recover File Geodatabase tool to repair the corrupted file geodatabase.

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