# EOL stops python on Calculate Field

Would anyone be able to help me modify these scripts to ignore the error and continue running ? I just need to figure out how to make the script skip over these errors and finish the rest of the lines.

Here is the full Python script:

```
# Import system modules
import sys, string, os, arcgisscripting
# Create the geoprocessor object
gp = arcgisscripting.create(9.3)
gp.OverWriteOutput = True
# Set the workspace. List all of the folders within
gp.Workspace = "C:\ZP4"
fcs = gp.ListWorkspaces("*","Folder")
for fc in fcs:
print fc
gp.CalculateField_management(fc + "\\Parcels.shp", "SIT_FULL_S", "myfunction(!SIT_HSE_NU!,!SIT_FULL_S!)", "PYTHON", "def myfunction(fld1,fld2):\n if (fld1=='0'or fld1=='00'or fld1<'00000000000'):\n return ''\n else:\n return fld2")
```

And here is the error I encounter: Traceback (most recent call last):

```
File "C:\Documents and Settings\Andrew\Desktop\HOUSENUMERZERO.py", line 18, in
<module>
ERROR 000539: Error running expression: myfunction
(" ","69 FLOOD ST
") <type 'exceptions.SyntaxError'>: EOL while scanning single-quoted string (<st
ring>, line 1)
Failed to execute (CalculateField).
```

Asked by:

**Maddie695**| Posted: 27-01-2022

# Answer 1

First option: wrap the `gp.CalculateField_management(...)`

in a try/except, like so:

```
try:
gp.CalculateField_management(...)
except SyntaxError:
pass
```

This should allow your script to keep going, but I'm not sure what the state of `gp`

will be.

A better option would be to preprocess each file, and deal with the fields that have the embedd new-lines in them; something like:

```
for fc in fcs:
fix_bad_fields(fp)
gp.Calculatate...
```

and fix_bad_fields looks something like (you'll have to research this as I am unfamiliar with .shp files -- I'll pretend it allows writing back to the same file, but if not you'll have to do some copying and renaming as well):

```
def fix_bad_fields(filename):
data_file = open_shp_file(filename)
for row in data_file:
row[0] = row[0].replace('\n', '')
row[1] = row[1].replace('\n', '')
row1.put_changes_on_disk() # force changes to disk (may not be necessary)
data_file.close()
```

Lots of guesswork in those particulars, but hopefully that gives you an idea and enough to go on.

Answered by:**Edgar849**| Posted: 28-02-2022

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