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Sybase - Print more than 512 K per output line to output - flat file

Posted on 2003-03-27
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2012-08-14
I want to procude a flat file, but receive errors when I try PRINT a single given line to the output file that is more than 512 bytes long.  I want to use just a single procedure if posible and not drop out to a unix shell script if it can be avoided.

I am not really use to Sybase, but more Oracle.  In Oracle I get around this constraint as follows: UTL_FILE.FOPEN(v_dir,v_file_out,'w',32767);

How can I can around the 512K limitation?  

Error is:

PRINT command failed because the resulting string exceeded the maximum length of 512 bytes.
(return status = -6)

Syntax is:

PRINT "%1!~%2!~%3!~%4!~%5!~%6!~%7!~%8!~%9!~%10!~%11!",

Question by:DR_HIPPO

Expert Comment

ID: 8218254
If you use Adaptive Server Anywhere you can try to use the MESSAGE STATMENT

Author Comment

ID: 8219395
Thanks for the comment -

We are running Adaptive Server Enterprise not the IQ - so this does not seem to work.
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Expert Comment

ID: 8223043
In ASE 12.5 the limit is 1024 bytes. If you are not planning to upgrade ASE, I think you may consider to use select with convert function for numeric datatypes ( like select convert(char, @invoice_data1)+'~'+ @part_info + '~' + ..... )

Expert Comment

ID: 8226159
The following from sybase User Guide manual, about print
The maximum output string length of format_string plus all arguments
after substitution is 512 bytes."

I can help you with unix script if you want

Accepted Solution

HamdyHassan earned 1500 total points
ID: 8226194
I get an crazy idea, instead of print, you insert into tempdb..mytemptable

then in your main script, you use sybase bcp out


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