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xp_SendMail Padded spaces in text file

Posted on 2002-06-10
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The following SQL is run in an overnight job, the purpose to run a SQL query and email the results in a text file to a valid email address..



use Master
exec xp_sendmail @recipients = "MADMARLIN@HOME.co.uk",
                    @Message = "Please Find Enclosed The Information Pack Requests",
           @separator  = ",",
           @Query = "USE DB1 Select Forename, surname, age From TABLE1",
              @subject = "TEST ONLY",
           @attach_results = 'TRUE',
           @no_header ='True',
           @width = 1000


The process runs fine but the fields within the text file show as follows

john       ,smith      ,21  ,

Is there anyway I can stop this padding of spaces???
and so the text file would read as
john,smith,21,

The fields are all varchars with different lengths which I think may be part of the problem. The additional spaces dont sem to be stored in the DB field so I'm assuming its looking at the field max length and padding accordingly..

Any ideas??

Madmarlin

PS this question is also repeated in other topic areas but points will be given for only one answer across all areas..
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by:lozzamoore
ID: 7066611
Try using ltrim and rtrim functions:

exec xp_sendmail @recipients = "MADMARLIN@HOME.co.uk",
                   @Message = "Please Find Enclosed The Information Pack Requests",
          @separator  = ",",
          @Query = "USE DB1 Select ltrim(rtrim(Forename), ltrim(rtrim(surname), ltrim(rtrim(age) From TABLE1",
             @subject = "TEST ONLY",
          @attach_results = 'TRUE',
          @no_header ='True',
          @width = 1000
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
ID: 7066617
RTrim, ltrim and cast functions doen't work :-(

My comments In VB:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/Q_20309720.html
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lozzamoore earned 50 total points
ID: 7066633
How about:

exec xp_sendmail @recipients = "MADMARLIN@HOME.co.uk",
                  @Message = "Please Find Enclosed The Information Pack Requests",
         @separator  = ",",
         @Query = "USE DB1 Select Forename + ', ' + surname + ', ' + age From
TABLE1",
            @subject = "TEST ONLY",
         @attach_results = 'TRUE',
         @no_header ='True',
         @width = 1000

With cast if age is not char, (which is should be!)
Cheers,
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by:Madmarlin
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Did find this out myself but since you also suggested this then you can have the points
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