Initialize a variable from a flat file record

I wonder what ways are available to read a flat file and initialize a variable without using BULK INSERT or any DB Table in the process?
phermiAsked:
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ripahoratiuCommented:
1. xp_sscanf
2. xp_cmdshell
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phermiAuthor Commented:
thanks ripahoratiu.

We were having some permissions issues to execute the cmdshell from the web application and we discarded it.

Thanks for your reply.
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phermiAuthor Commented:
ripahoratiu.

What I need is to OPEN the file, read its only 1 record and initialize a variable with the record contents.

thanks again
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ripahoratiuCommented:
... ummm I think that xp_sscanf is wrong.
But you can do a little .exe where you can open the file read the record and pass it through (write it to console). Than you can use xp_cmdshell

Check this out
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms175046.aspx

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phermiAuthor Commented:
thanks again ... I think we are going to stick with the BULK INSERT tinto a # table. As I said, we got permissions issues using cmdshell and being a web app, all users and even simultaneous one, must have access to the file contents.


thanks
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