Useful Scripts for the Non-Programmer: Where is My AU Configured?

December 8, 2011 — Corey Blakeborough

ArcFM™ Autoupdaters are incredibly useful and widely used. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to keep track of them. There are many different potential reasons behind a need to find out where a specific AU is configured.

Today, we’re going to hand over an ArcCatalog VBA script that allows you to see the feature classes, subtypes, and events that any AU is assigned to. Simply run the script while selecting an open connection in ArcCatalog, input the display name of the AU in question, and you’ll be given a list of every location where that AU is configured.

NOTE: This script does not work for field-level autoupdaters or relationship autoupdaters, only for autoupdaters at the feature class level, though those scripts may appear in the future!

We should quickly mention that we’re matching the AU based on display name, so if you don’t know that by heart, you’ll need to know at least one location where the AU is configured to get the display name from the feature class’ ArcFM™ Properties window (alternatively, if you wrote the AU and have the code, you probably put it there too). An example is below:


So here’s how we can make this work:

  • Open ArcCatalog.
  • Drop down the Tools menu and choose MacrosVisual Basic Editor.useful-scripts-vb-editor
  • Within the Visual Basic environment, expand the Normal.mxt file. Right-click it and insert a new Module within the Modules folder.
  • In the editor, click Tools → References and ensure that the following references are enabled:
    • Microsoft Scripting Runtime
    • Miner & Miner Geodatabase Object Library
    • Miner & Miner System Object Library


The code for this module is below, and it’s long! Copy and paste it into the module and save it.

Dim m_returnValues() As String
Dim searchAUName As String
Dim ac As Integer

Public Sub FindConfiguredAUs()
On Error GoTo EX

ac = 0
searchAUName = “”
ReDim m_returnValues(0)

Dim catalogApp As IGxApplication
Set catalogApp = Application
Dim ws As IWorkspace

If TypeOf catalogApp.SelectedObject Is IGxDatabase Then
Dim gdb As IGxDatabase
Set gdb = catalogApp.SelectedObject
If gdb.IsConnected Then
Set ws = gdb.Workspace
End If
End If

If ws Is Nothing Then
ShowError “Please select a database connection to search for when running this function.”
Exit Sub
End If

searchAUName = InputBox(“Enter the AU Display Name to search for:”, “Find Autoupdater by Name”)

If Not searchAUName = “” Then
Dim eDS As IEnumDataset
Set eDS = ws.Datasets(esriDatasetType.esriDTAny)
IterateDatasets eDS

Dim sb, i As Integer
sb = “The ‘” & searchAUName & “‘ AU is configured in the following locations/subtypes:” & vbCrLf
For i = 0 To UBound(m_returnValues)
sb = sb & m_returnValues(i) & vbCrLf
Next i

Dim AUResultsFile As String
AUResultsFile = “C:\Temp\AUResults” & DatePart(“yyyy”, Now) & “-” & Right(“0” & DatePart(“m”, Now), 2) & “-” & Right(“0” & DatePart(“d”, Now), 2) & ” ” & Right(“0” & DatePart(“h”, Now), 2) & Right(“0” & DatePart(“n”, Now), 2) & “.txt”

Dim fso As Scripting.FileSystemObject
Set fso = New Scripting.FileSystemObject
Dim writer As TextStream
Set writer = fso.CreateTextFile(AUResultsFile, True)
writer.Write sb
Shell “notepad.exe ” & AUResultsFile, vbMaximizedFocus
Debug.Print sb
fso.DeleteFile AUResultsFile, True
End If
Exit Sub
EX: ShowError “An error occured.”
End Sub

Sub IterateDatasets(pEnumDataset As IEnumDataset)
Dim ds As IDataset

Set ds = pEnumDataset.Next
Do While Not ds Is Nothing
If ds.Type = esriDatasetType.esriDTFeatureClass Then
Dim dfc As IObjectClass
Set dfc = ds
ProcessObjectClass dfc
ElseIf ds.Type = esriDatasetType.esriDTTable Then
Dim doc As IObjectClass
Set doc = ds
ProcessObjectClass doc

ElseIf ds.Type = esriDatasetType.esriDTFeatureDataset Then
IterateDatasets ds.Subsets
End If
Set ds = pEnumDataset.Next
End Sub

Sub ProcessObjectClass(oc As IObjectClass)
If Not oc Is Nothing Then

Dim ctl As IMMConfigTopLevel
Set ctl = New MMConfigTopLevel

Dim list As ID8List
Dim sList As ID8List
Dim listItem As ID8ListItem
Dim sListItem As ID8ListItem

Set mmFC = ctl.GetFeatureClassOnly(oc)
Set list = mmFC

Set listItem = list.Next(False)
Do While Not listItem Is Nothing
If listItem.ItemType = mmd8ItemType.mmitSubtype Then
Dim pSubtype As IMMSubtype
Set pSubtype = listItem

Set sList = listItem
Set sListItem = sList.Next(False)
Do While Not sListItem Is Nothing
If sListItem.ItemType = mmd8ItemType.mmitAutoValue Then
Dim autoValue As IMMAutoValue
Set autoValue = sListItem
If Not autoValue.AutoGenID Is Nothing Then
Set UIDT = New MMUIDTools

Dim createdObject As Variant
Dim auName As String

Dim pAutoGenID As String
pAutoGenID = autoValue.AutoGenID

Set createdObject = UIDT.CreateFromClsidString(pAutoGenID)
auName = “”

If TypeOf createdObject Is IMMSpecialAUStrategy Then
Dim au1 As IMMSpecialAUStrategy
Set au1 = createdObject
auName = au1.Name
ElseIf TypeOf createdObject Is IMMSpecialAUStrategyEx Then
Dim au2 As IMMSpecialAUStrategyEx
Set au2 = createdObject
auName = au2.Name
ElseIf TypeOf createdObject Is IMMAttrAUStrategy Then
Dim au3 As IMMAttrAUStrategy
Set au3 = createdObject
auName = au3.Name
End If

If (Not auName = “”) And LCase(Trim(auName)) = LCase(Trim(searchAUName)) Then
ReDim Preserve m_returnValues(ac + 1)
Dim sc As String
sc = pSubtype.SubtypeCode
m_returnValues(ac) = oc.AliasName & ” (” & sc + “) ” & sListItem.DisplayName
ac = ac + 1
End If
End If
End If
Set sListItem = sList.Next(False)
End If
Set listItem = list.Next(False)
End If
End Sub

Sub ShowError(msg As String)
MsgBox msg, vbOKOnly, “SSP Find Configured AUs”
End Sub

When running the script, be sure that you have a connection open and you’ve selected it (it should be highlighted in ArcCatalog):


After that, you’ll have a nice list of every combination of feature class, subtype, and event for that AU.


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Corey Blakeborough

Corey Blakeborough is a Team Lead, Senior Consultant at the Utility & Telecommunications GIS consulting company SSP Innovations in Centennial, Colorado. Corey has over five years of experience with SSP, providing a variety of GIS and work management solutions.


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