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ODBC and Union Queries

Posted on 2001-07-23
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Last Modified: 2008-02-01
Ok, I have 3 tables  1) New, 2) Current, and 3) History.  All 3 have identical data structures.  I am trying to do a Union query in Access, but I get the following error:

ODBC--call failed.
[Timberline][Timberline ODBC Dri(#0)[Timberline][Timberline ODBC Driver](#0)

The funny thing is I can get the query to work fine in Crystal Reports SQL Query Designer.  I have tried to restart everything, kicked everyone out of the DB, Refreshed the links to the Timberline tables, yet nothing works.  Any ideas?  Below is my code, notice how terribly basic it is...


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Expert Comment

ID: 6309499
-instead of using *, have you tried replacing it with the actual field names???
-i assume the ODBC driver is the "latest", correct?

just some thoughts...


Author Comment

ID: 6309517
Yes, I started with just one field name and reverted to the * hoping it would alleviate any errors.

What is weird is that it DID work...once.  Then I started changing it to exactly what I wanted and stopped working.  It makes no sense.  Also, it does work in Crystal SQL, just not access.

Author Comment

ID: 6309518
Yes, I started with just one field name and reverted to the * hoping it would alleviate any errors.

What is weird is that it DID work...once.  Then I started changing it to exactly what I wanted and stopped working.  It makes no sense.  Also, it does work in Crystal SQL, just not access.
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Expert Comment

ID: 6309878
ok. we'll put it to the test then! :)

i am assuming that your query is based off of "linked" tables, right?  instead, use a passthrough query. passthrough queries are run DIRECTLY against the server with no (very little) Access manipulation.

if you need help with creating a passthrough query, let me know. otherwise, try that and see what happens.


Author Comment

ID: 6309959
I've never done a pass through, and the documentation is not very good.  Any chance I could get an example to run off?  I'm assuming this will allow me to plug the information where I want it, but will it let me do a union as well?

Btw, thanks so much for the help.

Accepted Solution

devtha earned 332 total points
ID: 6340673
Just change the query typr to pass thru from the query menu and selecting SQL specific .

Expert Comment

ID: 6341875
devtha is mostly correct. you need to be careful with your syntax when running a passthrough query as you will need to use ansi sql as opposed to access sql. so getting the syntax just right might take effort.

but to try it out, you create a new query. go to the query menu, choose "Sql specific" and then choose "pass-through".  you will be forced to TYPE in your sql, so as a trial try something like "SELECT * FROM SomeTableName" and then run the query to see if it works.

oh yes, union is an ansi sql command, so that should work fine...

good luck, let us know if you need any more help.


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