shrug-l: Selecting Dead Ends (Dangles) in ArcMap

Tripp Corbin tcorbin at
Thu Sep 9 09:45:55 EDT 2010


The topology method is the easiest way I can think of. I would suggest
asking ESRI for a temporary license for ArcEditor so you can try out the
topologies. If this is something you plan to do on a regular basis, I
would strongly encourage you to upgrade to ArcEditor. The topology tools
will save you a lot of time that will more than pay for the upgrade if
you maintain a GIS database. 


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From: shrug-l-bounces at
[mailto:shrug-l-bounces at] On Behalf Of Joseph
Sent: Thursday, September 09, 2010 9:33 AM
To: shrug-l at
Subject: shrug-l: Selecting Dead Ends (Dangles) in ArcMap


Hi SHRUG-ers,


I am working on a project that involves selecting many line features
(from a large Streets shapefile) that are dead ends (dangels in GIS
speak).  Can anyone help me think of a way to do this for a very large
shapefile with hundreds of features that will need selecting?


By the way- I received a suggestion to accomplish this by creating a
topology rule in a geodatabase to allow no dangles and then running a
script to export topology errors, but ArcView does not support the
creating of topology rules.  I am running ArcView 9.3.


Thanks & Greetings from Virginia,



Joseph Vetere
GIS Engineer
Thermopylae Sciences + Technology
jvetere at <mailto:jvetere at> <> 

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