Hi Everyone,

I have been meaning to do a post on the DBLIST command for a while now, and I just happened to find the perfect post on Ellen Finkelstein’s blog. Therefore this is a guest post from her:

Have you ever done a ZOOM Extents and found objects way out there like stars in outer space? Or tried to delete a layer but found you couldn’t because there was an object on it — but you couldn’t find it?

When troubleshooting objects, you might find it useful to have a list of them all. You can get that with DBLIST. Just type the command on the command line and press Enter whenever it pauses. Of course, in a busy drawing, that could take a while. And the list gets long even in a small drawing, because AutoCAD® tells you everything about each object, like the LIST command does for selected objects. Below is the list for a drawing with only 5 objects!

Perhaps a better way to use it is to erase everything you can find and then run DBLIST. That way, you can see what is still left. You can then undo the ERASE command. (Luckily, undoing the DBLIST command, which came after, won’t delete your list!)

How do you troubleshoot wayward objects?

Command: dblist

CIRCLE Layer: “0″

Space: Model space

Handle = 1c4

center point, X= 8.8432 Y= 9.7202 Z= 0.0000

radius 5.2470

circumference 32.9678

area 86.4907

LWPOLYLINE Layer: “Layer1″

Space: Model space

Handle = 1c8

Closed

Constant width 0.0000

area 20.3371

perimeter 18.2710

at point X= 21.1067 Y= 10.7852 Z= 0.0000

at point X= 26.4006 Y= 10.7852 Z= 0.0000

at point X= 26.4006 Y= 6.9436 Z= 0.0000

at point X= 21.1067 Y= 6.9436 Z= 0.0000

Press ENTER to continue:

CIRCLE Layer: “Layer1″

Space: Model space

Handle = 1c9

center point, X= 15.0511 Y= 14.9691 Z= 0.0000

radius 2.2651

circumference 14.2322

area 16.1188

LINE Layer: “0″

Space: Model space

Handle = 1ca

from point, X= 17.5267 Y= 7.1338 Z= 0.0000

to point, X= 30.2472 Y= 12.8391 Z= 0.0000

Length = 13.9414, Angle in XY Plane = 24

Delta X = 12.7205, Delta Y = 5.7054, Delta Z = 0.0000

LINE Layer: “0″

Space: Model space

Handle = 1cb

from point, X= 30.2472 Y= 12.8391 Z= 0.0000

to point, X= 33.5226 Y= 7.9706 Z= 0.0000

Length = 5.8678, Angle in XY Plane = 304

Press ENTER to continue:

Delta X = 3.2753, Delta Y = -4.8686, Delta Z = 0.0000

That’s all for today. Finally I’d like to urge you to go take a look at Ellen’s blog – it certainly has some great AutoCAD® tips!

Will

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