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Select Into with variable for table_name

Posted on 2007-12-05
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Last Modified: 2010-04-21

I need to use a variable as the table name for a select into statement.

   @WEDate NVarChar(8),
   @PayPrefix    NVarChar(10),
   @PayTable    NVarChar(20)

 set @WEDate  = '20071201'
set @PayPrefix   = 'XXX'
 set @PayTable   = 'Pay_'+@PayPrefix+@WEDate
/* @PayTable now = Pay_XXX20071201 */  

Select *
 into @PayTable
from InputTable

I think I need to use  exec sp_executesql
but need some help on the correct format, unless there is a better way.

Question by:Waterstone
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3] earned 2000 total points
ID: 20413515
>I think I need to use  exec sp_executesql
it will be dynamic sql, indeed:

   @WEDate NVarChar(8), 
   @PayPrefix    NVarChar(10),
   @PayTable    NVarChar(20) 
 set @WEDate  = '20071201'
set @PayPrefix   = 'XXX'
 set @PayTable   = 'Pay_'+@PayPrefix+@WEDate
/* @PayTable now = Pay_XXX20071201 */   
exec('Select *  into ' + @PayTable + ' from InputTable ')

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Expert Comment

ID: 20413563
Try This:

   @WEDate      NVarChar(8),
   @PayPrefix    NVarChar(10),
   @PayTable    Sysname

  set @WEDate  = '20071201'
  set @PayPrefix   = 'XXX'
  set @PayTable   = 'Pay_'+@PayPrefix+@WEDate

  EXEC 'Select * into @PayTable from InputTable'
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Expert Comment

ID: 20413579
oops typo:
 EXEC 'Select * into ' + @PayTable = 'from InputTable'

but I guess angels got it

Author Closing Comment

ID: 31412916
Thanks!  Exactly what I needed

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