Invalid operator for data type. Operator equals add, type equals text.

Why do I get the error "Invalid operator for data type. Operator equals add, type equals text."
when trying to append to my field (varchar)?

UPDATE notes
SET note = note + 'some text here'
from notes h INNER JOIN phones p on h.[number] = p.[number]
where (p.gpi is null or p.gpi = 1)
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Anthony PerkinsCommented:
You cannot use UPDATE to update text or ntext data.  If the data is in fact longer than 8000 characters for text or 4000 for ntext, than you will have to use UPDATETEXT.  

And if that is the case, I will Scott help you with that :)

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dba123Author Commented:
who is Scott?
dba123Author Commented:
hmm, didn't know that even existed. So then yes, how would I use that?  The field is pf type (text, null) actually, not varchar
UPDATETEXT
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Anthony PerkinsCommented:
>>who is Scott?<<
That is like saying here Who is God? :)

You just finished thanking him 10 minutes ago:
"Scott, thanks a lot.  That helps me a lot, and allows me to understand more."
dba123Author Commented:
oh y ea... hehe :)

I'm looking upt UPDATETEXT syntax right now...
dba123Author Commented:
here's an interesting note from BOL:

This feature will be removed in a future version of Microsoft SQL Server. Avoid using this feature in new development work, and plan to modify applications that currently use this feature. Use the large-value data types and the .WRITE clause of the UPDATE statement instead.

http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms189466.aspx

we're going to be moving our other databases to SQL 2005.  My DBs are alreadyon 2005.  So is this the only way?
dba123Author Commented:
says to use the .WRITE clause of the UPDATE statement
dba123Author Commented:
hmm. I may be out of luck with that one though:

.WRITE (expression,@Offset,@Length)
Specifies that a section of the value of column_name is to be modified. expression replaces @Length units starting from @Offset of column_name. Only columns of varchar(max), nvarchar(max), or varbinary(max) can be specified with this clause. column_name cannot be NULL and cannot be qualified with a table name or table alias.

the field I'm working with is not varchar, it's text
Anthony PerkinsCommented:
>>My DBs are alreadyon 2005.  So is this the only way?<<
You are right.  I mislead you.  What I told you was true for SQL Server 2000 only.
dba123Author Commented:
oh, cool.  That's good.  I don't want to update stupid memo fields anyway, my boss is out of luck.  They need to get 3rd party apps with correctly designed notes...in a fricking notes table, record by record.
Anthony PerkinsCommented:
>>I'm working with is not varchar, it's text<<
Try converting to varchar(max)
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