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Printing from SQL stored procedure or trigger

Posted on 2008-06-13
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I need to print to a log printer as a redundant fail-safe for a sports scoring application.  I would like to print the values of several fields each time an insert occurs.  I already have a trigger that fires on insert.  Is there a way to use xp_cmdshell to copy values to a printer port or to a printers IP address?

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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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>I would like to print the values of several fields each time an insert occurs.
does it have to be immediately?
  -> could it be "later"?

if you want to do this from the trigger, it will happen in the sql server box!
  -> is that what you want?
  -> can you print from the sql server anyhow?

>Is there a way to use xp_cmdshell to copy values to a printer port or to a printers IP address?
in short:
 if you can build a command line statement to print something to the printer, yes, you can call that from xp_cmdshell usually.
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by:BoydMoon
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Yes, as I stated in the question, I want to print when the insert occurs ... and printing from the SQL box is by design.  What I'm looking for is the command line syntax to do so.
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3] earned 250 total points
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you can print a ascii file via the dos command line PRINT, or via the notepad using /P switch:
http://www.robvanderwoude.com/printfiles.html

so, all you need to do is to create that file first, and delete it afterwards...

note: to do that inside a trigger will take some time, and slow down the application.
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by:BoydMoon
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Answer was not very specific regarding syntax
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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Answer was not very specific regarding syntax
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please note that you should not have closed the question, if you are unhappy with the details.
I would like to continue with the details, if you wish.
I posted the above link to give you the "options", and wanted to see if that fits you needs, in the first place.

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