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Z Tolerance (Environment setting)

Tools that honor this environment will override the default z-tolerance on geodatasets created inside a geodatabase.

For a description of the default z-tolerance, see the following topic: Spatial reference and geoprocessing.

Usage notes

  • This environment setting will be ignored if the output is within a geodatabase feature dataset.
  • For tools like Create Feature Class, Create Feature Dataset, and Create Raster Catalog, the default z-tolerance for the output geodataset is 0.001 meters (1 millimeter) or its equivalent in the vertical coordinate units.
  • If the tolerance units are not set or set to Unknown, the units are assumed to be the same as the output vertical coordinate system's units.
  • If the z-tolerance is less than twice the output geodataset's z-resolution value, a z-tolerance of two times the z-resolution will be used.
  • Z-tolerances are not preserved in geodatabase versions older than 9.2.

Dialog syntax

Z ToleranceThe z-tolerance to be set on the geodatasets created by geoprocessing tools. If the default z-tolerance is inadequate, set this environment.

Scripting syntax

arcpy.env.ZTolerance = linear_unit

ParameterExplanation

linear_unit

The z-tolerance to be set on the geodatasets created by geoprocessing tools. If the default z-tolerance is inadequate, set this environment.

ZTolerance syntax

Script example

import arcpy

# Set the ZTolerance to 0.02 Meters
arcpy.env.ZTolerance = "0.02 Meters"

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