troubleshooting Question

MSSQL 2000 TEXT Field type

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I'm trying to retrieve around 14000 characters from a TEXT field in MSSQL.

I've set the datatype to TEXT, placed the field last in the SELECT query. The data is being truncated at 8k (In VB6, ASP AND Query analyser). Drivers are the latest I can find.

I then came across this:

DECLARE @iChunkSize      int,
      @iLoop            int,
      @iStart            int
SET       @iChunkSize       = 500
SET       @iLoop             = 2
SET       @iStart       = 0

DECLARE @ptr varbinary(16)
SELECT @ptr = textptr(Contents)
FROM intranet_brief
WHERE BriefID = 1

SET @iStart = @iChunkSize * @iLoop
READTEXT Intranet_Brief.Contents @ptr @iStart @iChunkSize


Which is a slight variation on the one in Books Online however, there's no wasy of knowing when you've hit the end of the text as you can't LEN() a text. Therefore, however much I loop, I end up erroring when I try and read past the end of the data.

Please excuse the hurried write-up, many other things to do.

Any help greatly appreciated

(Oh, Version: MS SQL Server 2000 - Not changeable)

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