A code snippet that is included in a question here should not be just a copy/paste from a larger script that you are working on, and it should not be that larger script in its entirety. It should be something concise that a potential answerer can copy/paste and be ready (or at least near ready) to run a test on.
I'll describe what I think a code snippet for an ArcPy question should look like.
Start by setting your code aside, and working instead on a new empty test script. I usually call mine test.py.
Usually start that script with:
Ideally it should end up being no more than about a dozen lines. This is not always possible but it should be the aim.
Use copy/paste to bring in small parts of your original script until it can be run to see the same error, or copy large parts in and be prepared to remove most of it from the test script. The aim of this test script is purely to reproduce your error, so that you can ask about it. The rest of your original script is important to you, but rarely to someone who is trying to answer your question.
Do not include
try/except statements. These are used so that you can trap and deal with errors in your real code but when trying to figure out why a snippet from it is not working they can mask the error messages that Python would otherwise show you.
It should not include functions unless they are absolutely necessary to your question. If part of your code includes something like:
and if that is needed for your question perhaps simplify it as:
If it is a Python script tool then, instead of leaving us to guess what you may have entered into a tool parameter when you see your problem, change anything like:
fc = arcpy.GetParamaterAsText(0)
fc = r"C:\temp\test.gdb\testFC" # a value that you have tested and know shows the problem
Before you post your code snippet, make sure that you have run the exact code snippet that you are about to post, and then show not just the code but also the full error message (script name and line number are invaluable) and any other output such as from
Ideally, a potential answerer will simply copy/paste your code snippet into a script, run it, see the same error message and other output as you, and then think:
I see the same problem, and I'm keen to try and figure what is going
on. I'm so glad that I did not have to ask for a dozen clarifications
before I got to this point (which I wouldn't have done because I would
have moved on to someone else's question).
Sometimes a person's coding style can be off-putting to a potential answerer who is deciding whether to volunteer their time to try and understand a question before trying to answer it.
One way to improve readability of Python/ArcPy code is to try and conform to PEP 8 -- Style Guide for Python Code.
A PEP 8 level of strictness has been sought by some users, but I think it is unnecessary