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xp_SendMail.. space padding

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:TimCottee
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Try          

@Query = "USE DB1 Select RTRIM(LTRIM(Forename)) As Forename, RTRIM(LTRIM(surname)) As Surname, RTRIM(LTRIM(age)) As Age From TABLE1",
 
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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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
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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RTRIM doesn' work , an explicit CAST ( as VARCHAR) neither... :-(
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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Concatinating the fields works..
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by:DanRollins
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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
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