Solved

xp_SendMail.. space padding

Posted on 2002-06-10
8
290 Views
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
All,
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..
0
Comment
Question by:Madmarlin
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
8 Comments
 
LVL 43

Expert Comment

by:TimCottee
ID: 7066590
Try          

@Query = "USE DB1 Select RTRIM(LTRIM(Forename)) As Forename, RTRIM(LTRIM(surname)) As Surname, RTRIM(LTRIM(age)) As Age From TABLE1",
 
0
 
LVL 143

Expert Comment

by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
ID: 7066614
hi,

 it seems that xp_sendmail always uses fixed caracter with for sending the data. I couldn't find any solution for that except using workarounds:
* http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q312839
* save the output to file and send the file as attachment...

CHeers
0
 
LVL 143

Expert Comment

by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
ID: 7066616
RTRIM doesn' work , an explicit CAST ( as VARCHAR) neither... :-(
0
Independent Software Vendors: We Want Your Opinion

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

 
LVL 143

Expert Comment

by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
ID: 7066625
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:Madmarlin
ID: 7266928


Concatinating the fields works..
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:Madmarlin
ID: 7266929
Marked for deletion
0
 
LVL 49

Expert Comment

by:DanRollins
ID: 7873500
Madmarlin, an EE Moderator will handle this for you.
Moderator, my recommended disposition is:

    Refund points and save as a 0-pt PAQ.

DanRollins -- EE database cleanup volunteer
0
 

Accepted Solution

by:
SpideyMod earned 0 total points
ID: 7924959
per recommendation

SpideyMod
Community Support Moderator @Experts Exchange
0

Featured Post

PeopleSoft Has Never Been Easier

PeopleSoft Adoption Made Smooth & Simple!

On-The-Job Training Is made Intuitive & Easy With WalkMe's On-Screen Guidance Tool.  Claim Your Free WalkMe Account Now

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Introduction While answering a recent question about filtering a custom class collection, I realized that this could be accomplished with very little code by using the ScriptControl (SC) library.  This article will introduce you to the SC library a…
Have you ever wanted to restrict the users input in a textbox to numbers, and while doing that make sure that they can't 'cheat' by pasting in non-numeric text? Of course you can do that with code you write yourself but it's tedious and error-prone …
Get people started with the process of using Access VBA to control Excel using automation, Microsoft Access can control other applications. An example is the ability to programmatically talk to Excel. Using automation, an Access application can laun…
Show developers how to use a criteria form to limit the data that appears on an Access report. It is a common requirement that users can specify the criteria for a report at runtime. The easiest way to accomplish this is using a criteria form that a…

730 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question