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Varchar Limit of 255 characters

Posted on 1998-09-22
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Does anyone know a way around the size limit of 255 characters?  I've written a stored procedure with a parameter list.  The parameters are used to build a SQL statement and that statement is used in an EXECUTE.  The problem is that my SQL statements are usually longer than 255 characters.  Any way to get around that?
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hi stanglady-

although it may not be as elegant a solution as what you had hoped for, what you can do is use more than one variable to build your sql statement, and then concatenate them inside the exec:

   exec(@sql1 + @sql2 + @sql3 + ...) -- perfectly legal

this is perfectly legal, and i think it's the only way it can be done.  you can also use literals as well:

   exec("select * from mytable where " + @sqlWhere)

hth,
doug
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