The DBLIST Command

by Will on January 28, 2013

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?

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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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