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Compress

Summary

Compresses an enterprise geodatabase by removing states not referenced by a version and redundant rows.

Usage

  • To improve geodatabase performance, the geodatabase should be compressed periodically. A compressed geodatabase is more efficient. A geodatabase that is never compressed is more likely to develop errors.

  • Once a geodatabase is compressed, deleted records cannot be recovered.

  • Compression of geodatabases not only reduces space requirements but can also reduce overall retrieval times.

  • While the Compress tool is running, you can still view data in the geodatabase.

  • Only the geodatabase administrator can perform compression.

  • This tool is not applicable for enterprise geodatabases that do not use versioning.

  • This tool is not applicable for enterprise geodatabases that use branch versioning.

Syntax

Compress(in_workspace)
ParameterExplanationData Type
in_workspace

The database connection file that connects to the enterprise geodatabase to be compressed. Connect as the geodatabase administrator.

Workspace

Derived Output

NameExplanationData Type
out_workspace

The compressed input geodatabase.

Workspace

Code sample

Compress example (Python window)

This stand-alone Python script uses the Compress tool to compress the geodatabase.

import arcpy
arcpy.Compress_management("c:/Connection to brockville.sde")

Environments

Licensing information

  • Basic: No
  • Standard: Yes
  • Advanced: Yes

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