Appending two strings in SQL

Posted on 2006-10-30
Last Modified: 2008-02-26
I would like to update a column in a table with a string. Later on I would like to add to that string.

I tried the following query,

"update TABLE1 set COLUMN1 = COLUMN1 + 'TEST STRING'  where ID = 100"

I get this error, "Invalid operator for data type. Operator equals add, type equals text."

The 'COLUMN1' is of type text.

Any help is appreciated.

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Expert Comment

by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
ID: 17837229
>The 'COLUMN1' is of type text.

do you need to have TEXT as data type?
is varchar(8000)   in sql server 2000 resp varchar(max) in sql server 2005 not enough?

Author Comment

ID: 17837553
I cannot change the design of the table. I dont have rights. Is it not possible to add two text fields?


Accepted Solution

CIC Admin earned 125 total points
ID: 17837733
Try converting the text column to a varchar first, then add your text to that varchar like so:

update TABLE1 set COLUMN1 = cast(COLUMN1 as varchar(8000)) + 'TEST STRING'  where ID = 100

You may also want to check out the UPDATETEXT command in BOL or in other PAQ's here.

Author Comment

ID: 17837765
Thanks. That worked.
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Expert Comment

by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
ID: 17839959
>Is it not possible to add two text fields?
as shown it is possible, but you will only get up to 8000 characters in that field. if you try to store more, it will get truncated...

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