After running Represent Boundaries for a while, you may need to add new shapefiles, update a shapefile, or correct an error in a definition file. The loadshapefiles command has options to make data management easy. To see all options, run:

python help loadshapefiles

If you add a shapefile, create a definition file and run the loadshapefiles command, which will automatically skip all shapefiles that have already been loaded.

If you update a shapefile, remember to change the last_updated field in its definition file. When you run the loadshapefiles command, only the updated shapefile will be re-loaded.

If you correct an error in a definition file, run the loadshapefiles with the --reload switch to force the re-load of the shapefile. To avoid re-loading all your shapefiles, add a --data-dir option pointing to the directory containing the corrected definition file:

python loadshapefiles --reload --data-dir data/shapefiles/my-folder

That's everything! If you have questions or issues, open an issue on GitHub or contact us. If you haven't yet, you may want to consult the API reference.

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