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

Jeffrey Reed jreed at
Thu Sep 9 09:52:12 EDT 2010

You would also need to import it into a geodatabase........this is what I've been doing for the past 2 or 3 months is cleaning up the topology problems of our database.
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  From: Tripp Corbin 
  To: Joseph Vetere ; shrug-l at 
  Sent: Thursday, September 09, 2010 8:45 AM
  Subject: RE: shrug-l: Selecting Dead Ends (Dangles) in ArcMap


  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 Vetere
  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


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