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Reading file properties in SQL Server 2005 !!

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Hi,

I have a file (ABC.txt) file in C:\Temp folder. I want to read this file properties and place them in a SQL Server database table. Can you please let me know how can i read its properties ?

Appreciate your time and patience !

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When you access another subsystem, you cannot do that by regular SQL code.
So what you might need here (and that is really not a good idea from security standpoint) is use the xp_cmdshell procedure. That way you can run 'DOS' commands and do an 'attrib' or 'dir' of the files.

First enable xp_cmdshell (off by default)

Hope this helps ...

sp_configure 'show advanced options',1
go
reconfigure
go
 
sp_configure 'xp_cmdshell',1
go
reconfigure
go
 
exec xp_cmdshell 'dir C:\'
 
sp_configure 'xp_cmdshell',0
go
reconfigure
go
 
sp_configure 'show advanced options',0
go
reconfigure
go
 
 
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by:nmcdermaid
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You can write a vb.Net console app and link it to a stored proc and do it that way also.
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by:kishore_peddi
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Yveau,

Can you just clarify one point please ?

use sample  -- (sample - is my database)
go

sp_configure 'show advanced options',1
go
reconfigure
go
 
sp_configure 'xp_cmdshell',1
go
reconfigure
go
 
exec xp_cmdshell 'dir C:\'  -- (xp_cmdshell => In which database this is residing ? in MASTER or sample)
go            
 
sp_configure 'xp_cmdshell',0
go
reconfigure
go
 
sp_configure 'show advanced options',0
go
reconfigure
go
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