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Aeccland.shx: A Guide to Finding, Installing, and Editing Shape Files in AutoCAD



A very common issue with AutoCAD is the presence of the dialog below. If you receive this dialog, it means you are missing a shape file that is referenced in the drawing. Shape files contain shapes that can be used by themselves, sort of like blocks. Most likely though, they are part of a complex linetype definition.




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I am so tired of the error message. I am pretty certain it came in when I inserted a site plan from a surveyor into my file.I can't find a text which is defined to use scadline, so I can't get rid of the reference. sorry, not "can't". should have said "don't know how".Of course I tried purge.help?


yes, I understand, but this file is a conglomeration. two outside engineers involved. politics.besides, the operators involved probably do not know WHEN they invoke the nastiness I am having trouble removing.THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS THAT THIS HAS BITTEN ME BEFORE - I KNOW I CAN IGNORE IT, BUT I WOULD REALLY RATHER UNDERSTAND WHAT IS BEING DONE TO ME.knowledge is power.when autocad loads she does not find scaline, and reassigns it to something, effectively covering her tracks.I did stuff like(setqthem (ssget "X" '( (7 . "ADCFIXED")))count (sslength them) )and targeted text entities which I know came in from "outside". modified some of them, deleted others, purged. tried other likely suspects with the same procedures.....can't get good old sssget to get a handle on the scaline entites directly, and I am pole axed.surely somebody here is better than me.....


FWIW - "scadline.shx" is supposed to be a shape file (at least the "scadline.shx" that I know about - used in Carlson software).I'll bet this is what happened - someone had this drawing without the shape file, and they got tired of the "missing shape file" prompts, so they took a file like "simplex.shx" and copied and renamed it as "scadline.shx" to satisfy AutoCAD's complaining about a missing shape file. But now, instead of complaining about a "missing" shape file, it recognizes that the "scadline.shx" that it finds is a font file, not a shape file - hence the message.Check out -shape-file.html for some tips on purging shape files.-- R.K. McSwain


We never use those SHX files, and i personally find it a very anoying msg. With a couple of different xrefs there is sometimes up to 6 of those boxes which i just select 'cancel' since i don't have those files.


Over a year after your post I came across and used your little lisp routine for removing those pesky .SHX files and it worked like a charm. You get a big atta boy from me! Nothing else I tried worked; not SUPERPURGE; not deleting the reference; nothing worked. But your lisp routine did. Thanks!!!


The Import SHP File command converts ESRI SHP files into Carlsondrawing entities and can also optionally write the availableattribute data to an external Access MDB file and create GIS linksbetween the drawing entities and the records in the database. Use the Geometry with GIS Data Import Option to accomplishthis. Use the Geometry Only Import Option to just draw thelinework. If you don't need the data, this option is muchfaster.


The Import SHP File dialog displays the Output MDB file to adddata to and the source SHP file to be imported. SHP files aresimilar to entities in one layer in CAD. You must specify the tablename to store the data in the MDB database and the layer name forthe entities to be created. Typically these names are the same ornear equivalent as the SHP file name. Once these names are entered,the Import Polylines from SHP button becomes available. Pick thisbutton to import the SHP files entities and database. You can alsoassign elevations by a specified data attribute.


There are primarily three types of ESRI SHP files: Points, Arcsand Polygons. Each will provide different options onImport. Once the SHP file is selected, Carlson detects thedata contents of the file and sets the dialog options for importingeither polygons, arcs or points. Carlson GIS also supportsthe use of three other types of SHP files: PointM, PolylineM andPolylgonM.


Point SHP files are imported in a three step process. The firststep uses the Import SHP File command to create a coordinate file(.crd) for the points in the SHP file and a corresponding table inthe output MDB file for the points database. The second is to useDraw Locate Points to draw the points from the CRD file into thedrawing. The third step uses Create Links to select the points inthe drawing and link the database to these plotted points.


CAD software allows you to export elements of drawings as shape files. This can be a great time saver if you're re-using a mechanical part drawing multiple times. Shape files can be imported into AutoCAD via a multi-step process. Once imported, AutoCAD's Shape command lets you quickly copy the shape to different areas of the drawing. Because shape files are pre-compiled, they require much less computation for AutoCAD to manipulate them on the screen. Shape files, once loaded into a drawing, can be manipulated, scaled and rotated like any other drawing object.


Navigate to your SHP file, and double-click to select it. Click "OK." AutoCAD will compile the shapefile into an SHX file. An SHX file is a smaller, high-performance file containing all of the data on a shapefile. Unlike shapefiles, they cannot be edited.


Click on the "Command" bar at the bottom of the window, type "Shape," then press "Enter." Enter the name of the shape used in the original shapefile, and press "Enter." AutoCAD will import the compiled SHX file.


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