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Posted on 2001-07-18
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When I return a recordset from the database and it has a uniqueidentifier. It returns the guid with the squirly brackets around the guid eg.
{4559EBAB-D407-4F37-BF15-8103FFB8B635}.

If I take this guid and do and insert with this guid into another table on my database. Everything works fine.

Now we have a staging server. We backed up and restored my database to this server. Put all the same dll's on this machine.

But when I try do an insert using this guid with the brackets around it, I get the following error: "Error converting a varchar to a uniqueidentifier". If I change my connection string to point to the staging servers database, I don't get the same error.

The staging server and my machine are both running the same dll's and have the same version of SQL.
Does anyone have any idea, why I would be getting this problem.
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What client tool are you using to do the inserts?
Also, what version of SQL Server for both servers?

Normally, query analyser returns the guids without curly brackets and they can be inserted as standard text fields
(SQL 7 and 2000)
I don't think uniqueidentifier is a supported data type in SQL 6.5 so you can't be using that(?)

eg.
insert guidtest values ('DA561AE4-7090-11D5-9DDD-00D0B73E502C', ...)

Cheers.
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by:JohnRock
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You see that's the problem when I return the guid, the guid is wrapped with curly brackets. Then when I do an insert using this value, I get the conversion error from varchar to uniqueidentifier.

We are using SQL 2000.

Storing the value as text, would probably solve the problem, but I am interested, as to why this would work on my version with the same database, and not on the staging server database.
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by:JohnRock
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About the client tool, I'm using ado, to do the insert.
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by:JohnRock
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Sorry for wasting you're time, I found the problem, it actually has something to do with special characters in the attribute tags of my xml string that I was returning using the persist method from the ado recordset.

But thanks for you're help.

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