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SQL Bulk insert works with query analyser but no as passthrough query in Access front end

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I've got a Bulk insert sp in SQL Server 2000 which works fine but I get a Runtime error 3146 ODBC call failure when I try to run it as a passthrough query in Access.

The passthrough query works fine if I take the bulk insert out of the sp. I've added the login to the Bulk Insert administrators but no joy. Also, ran a trace while it was executing but couldn't see any problems - the batch appeared to complete without error

Here's the offending bulk insert snippet:

set @sql = "BULK INSERT #temp FROM '"
SET @sql = @sql + @filename
set @sql = @sql + "' WITH (DATAFILETYPE = 'char', FIRSTROW=1, ROWTERMINATOR = '\n') "




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by:Leigh Purvis
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So what is the actual content of the Passthrough's SQL?

Does the SP return any rows?  Any parameters?

(Someone will be along at some stage and say "Have you considered just executing the SP through code"?  but I've said it now so no-one can :-p )
Oh - have you considered executing the SP through code?
(Damn - even said it myself).

Even as a temporary test though I mean.  To see if it causes an error?
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by:chiii0ut
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SET QUOTED_IDENTIFIER OFF
GO
SET ANSI_NULLS ON
GO

ALTER         PROCEDURE sp_db_AddEAN
( @SpotID INT)
AS
      DECLARE @filename VARCHAR(200)
        DECLARE @SQL VARCHAR(2000)      

CREATE TABLE #Temp (EAN NVARCHAR(50))
SET @filename = 'm:\' + ltrim(rtrim(str(@SpotID))) + '.txt'
SET @SQL = "BULK INSERT #temp FROM '" + @filename + "' WITH (DATAFILETYPE = 'char', FIRSTROW=1, ROWTERMINATOR = '\n') "
exec (@SQL)
      RETURN
GO
SET QUOTED_IDENTIFIER OFF
GO
SET ANSI_NULLS ON
GO

Not sure what you mean about executing the sp through code?
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by:Leigh Purvis
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Sorry about the Huuge delay - this one slipped through the cracks somehow (which is a shame - more interesting than most ;-)
If it's all done and dusted now then that's cool.  (And if ever things go silent again just ping reminder posts in the question to prompt reminder emails :-)

So does your passthrough look something like
EXEC sp_db_AddEAN

But when you run it it fails?

But if you create an ADO connection and run the SP there does it work?

    Dim cnn As New ADODB.Connection
   
    cnn.ConnectionString = "Provider=SQLOLEDB.1;Data Source=YourServer;User ID=UserName;Password=PW;Initial Catalog=YourDBName;"
   
    cnn.Open
    cnn.Execute "EXEC sp_db_AddEAN"
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by:chiii0ut
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Hi LP

EXEC sp_db_AddEAN runs fine in query analyser on local and remote machines

in  access I get an odbc call error:
Public Const conn = "DRIVER=SQL Server;SERVER=MyServer;DATABASE=MyDatabase;Uid=Me;Pwd=MyPassword"

Dim dbs As DAO.Database
Dim sqlstr As String
sqlstr = "EXEC sp_db_AddEAN " & SpotID
    Set dbs = OpenDatabase("", 0, 0, conn)
    dbs.Execute sqlstr, dbSQLPassThrough
   
   
    dbs.Close
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by:chiii0ut
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I've tried your DAO method on a remote machine and get more info:

[Sql server]: The current user is not the database or object owner of table '#temp'. Cannot perform SET operation
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by:chiii0ut
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any ideas?
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by:Leigh Purvis
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Hi sorry about the gap.

When you execute the passthrough - are you logged in using the exact same user credentials that you are when executing the SP from QA?
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by:chiii0ut
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That's it - works when logged on as sa in QA but not as other user which isn't a system admin. How can I get it to work with the other user?
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by:Leigh Purvis
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I'm not sure why the login makes the difference just yet...
But am curious about why it's complaining about the use of Set.
("Cannot perform SET operation")

Try changing this line in your SP to:
SET @SQL = 'BULK INSERT #temp FROM ''' + @filename + ''' WITH (DATAFILETYPE = ''char'', FIRSTROW=1, ROWTERMINATOR = ''\n'')'

(i.e. copy paste that in instead)
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Hi - still the same with that instead
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Leigh Purvis earned 500 total points
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Not surprised (as permissions shouldn't affect that - but the error message was seemingly complaining about it).

Well - permissions are surely your issue, regardless.
You need to either up the permissions of your logging in user - or use a different user.
I imagine there are a couple of things to consider.
Firstly when you're executing dynamic SQL (with EXEC here) there's no implied rights from the SP itself.  You need explicit permissions on the objects that you're operating upon in the dynamic SQL string.  Since you created the table - that part of it shouldn't be an issue.
Secondly - you're executing a BULK INSERT.
You'll need to have ADMINISTER BULK OPERATIONS permission on your user.
(In Server roles - it appears that this is bulkadmin).
You'll have to add that for your user's login.
See if that makes a difference.
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