16 Replies Latest reply on Jun 19, 2014 2:25 PM by nathankarres

    Error 001143 background server threw an exception

    neiarcd
      I have been trying to create a Viewshed (3D Analyst>Raster Surface>Viewshed) and it keeps failing and crashing Desktop 10 sp 3.  "Error 001143 background server threw an exception" showed up in the Results window.  I have tried disabling background processing but that has not made a difference.  Any suggestions?
      Regards,
      Deneb
        • Re: Error 001143 background server threw an exception
          khibma-esristaff
          Can you run other tools successfully? Is it just a problem with this specific workflow you're attempting?

          If so, it sounds like either a problem with the tool or the data.
          Any chance you could share the data and we could test it here?
          If it isn't too big, please email it to me : khibma@esri.com
          If the data is large, email me anyways and I'll give you FTP instructions.

          thanks
          • Re: Error 001143 background server threw an exception
            fjaine
            Hi,

            I am encountering the same problem in ArcMap 10 when trying to use a variety of tools.

            Most importantly, I am trying to do a Kernel Interpolation (Geostatistical Analyst package) of some point data, and the process fails every time I try, reporting the same error: ERROR 001143: Background server threw an exception.

            Any help would be most appreciated.

            Many thanks,
            Fabrice.
            • Re: Error 001143 background server threw an exception
              slynch-esristaff
              Fabrice

              - do you have the latest service pack installed?
              - what happens if you run it in foreground?

              Thanks
              Steve
              • Re: Error 001143 background server threw an exception
                ajh22
                Hi All,

                I have ArcGIS 10 SP5 installed and am getting a similar error when trying to create an image catalog. I have replicated this on our Server and another PC.

                Our local Distributor Technical person said to roll back to SP3 or SP2, i have done this but still receive the same error. my thoughts on this that SP5 has created an instability to ArcGIS and some if not all geoprocessing tools fail.

                I tried to repair ArcGIS using the install but this didnt work either.

                I believe this needs to be escalated to ESRI.

                Fabrice

                - do you have the latest service pack installed?
                - what happens if you run it in foreground?

                Thanks
                Steve
                • Re: Error 001143 background server threw an exception
                  akramf
                  Hi all,
                  I am also suffering from same problem. For the last few days, whenever I tried to do anything using ArcToolbox of ArcMap 10.1, it failed showing the same error (Error 001143 background server threw an exception). With the same data I tried it in my cplleagues computer using ArcMap 10.1, it worked.

                  Please suugest how can we get rid of this problem.
                  • Re: Error 001143 background server threw an exception
                    huffmanp
                    In my case this error has popped up as I'm trying to move some NHD shapefiles and tables into a new file geodatabase. I'm using 10.1 SP1. Tried exporting Fcs and tables to gdb as multiple or single, tried import to FCs and tables to gdb, mulitple and single. Closed down ArcMap, just using ArcCatalog.  Tried a different small shapefile to a new personal gdb. Tried Feature Class to geodatabase tool.  Can only get 1143.

                    Update: a reboot of this Win 7 PC fixed it. That was strange.
                    • Re: Solution of Error 001143 background server threw an exception
                      akramf
                      A possible solution to the error is to disable background processes in ArcGIS. This can be done via the Geoprocessing Options dialog box.
                      • Re: Solution of Error 001143 background server threw an exception
                        qusrihappy
                        A possible solution to the error is to disable background processes in ArcGIS. This can be done via the Geoprocessing Options dialog box.


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                        • Re: Error 001143 background server threw an exception
                          kaneda
                          Hi,

                          Not sure if this will be helpful to anyone but I received this error while trying to create the address locator in Tutorial 7-2 (p. 239) of the GIS Tutorial 1: Basic Workbook (W.L. Gorr and K.S. Kurland, 2011, ESRI Press, ISBN 978-1-58948-259-3).   I was eventually able to successfully create it by making sure that the "Overwrite the outputs of geoprocessing operations" box in the General section of the Geoprocessing Options window (Geoprocessing | Geoprocessing Options...) was checked BEFORE creating the address locator.  In my case, I did not need to disable Background Processing (was Enabled by default).

                          I'm running ArcGIS Desktop 10.1 SP1, Advanced under Windows 7 Professional SP1.


                          Keith Kaneda

                          GIS & Data Services
                          The Sheridan Libraries
                          Johns Hopkins University
                          Baltimore, MD
                          kaneda@jhu.edu
                          • Re: Error 001143 background server threw an exception
                            mattkelso
                            Esri has great software, but their error codes can be remarkably unhelpful.  In my case, I was trying to make a buffer of a point shapefile that someone else had made when the background server threw an exception.  I tried Fatema Akram's suggestion of disabling background processing in the Geoprocessing Options menu.  This didn't work in and of itself, but it did lead to a better error message:

                            ERROR 000210: Cannot create output C:\......\Default.gdb\comps_2_-2013_B_Buffer
                            ERROR 000354: The name contains invalid characters
                            Failed to execute (Buffer).

                            I renamed the layer to something without the hyphen, and it worked as expected.
                            • Re: Error 001143 background server threw an exception
                              hammal
                              Hi All,
                              I keep getting this same message, "ERROR 001143: Background server threw an exception." I am trying to do simple operations as indicated in the attachment. Currently I am using ArcGIS 10.1 SP1 for Desktop (Build 3143) and I tried to upgrade it to SP2, which I downloaded yesterday, ArcGISDesktop10sp2, but receiving another message (second item in the attachment).
                              Any suggestion is appreciated
                              Cheers
                              • Re: Error 001143 background server threw an exception
                                christopher.wesson
                                Sadly this issue still exists in 10.2 :(

                                Trying to export map document as KMZ. Works fine unless I manually define the extent.
                                If I manually define the extent it fails with this same background processing exception error.

                                Turn off background processing, and it works just fine!
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                                • Re: Solution of Error 001143 background server threw an exception
                                  gloria.daviesocloo
                                  A possible solution to the error is to disable background processes in ArcGIS. This can be done via the Geoprocessing Options dialog box.


                                  This was very helpful for me. Thank you guys.
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                                  • Re: Error 001143 background server threw an exception
                                    jkraemer
                                    Since updating to 10.2.1 I can no longer run anything in the background. I had suspected this might be because on my first attempt, background GP had not yet been updated from 10.2 (of which I was unaware), but even after its update and a reboot, Error 001143 continues.

                                    Is foreground GP typically slower than background? I started a foreground Build Overviews task yesterday after getting the error, and it ran all night and was only 1/3 finished when I cancelled it this morning. This task took only an hour in past background attempts. Perhaps I've answered my own question. I'd really like to get background back.
                                    • Re: Error 001143 background server threw an exception
                                      micharcheo
                                      Since updating to 10.2.1 I can no longer run anything in the background. I had suspected this might be because on my first attempt, background GP had not yet been updated from 10.2 (of which I was unaware), but even after its update and a reboot, Error 001143 continues.


                                      Hi,

                                      We have similar issue not being able to run any geoprocessing in the background since installing 10.2.1. Did you manage to fix your issue?
                                      • Re: Error 001143 background server threw an exception
                                        nathankarres
                                        Same issue here in ArcMap 10.2.2, had to disable background geoprocessing in order to execute a simple summary statistics operation.
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