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problem with query syntax of EXEC msdb.dbo.sp_send_dbmail

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I have a script that alerts me if new records have been added to a table within the past 24 hours:

if not exists (select top 1 * from dbo.mytable where datediff(ss,UpdateDate,getdate()) < 86400)      
      begin
            EXEC msdb.dbo.sp_send_dbmail
            @recipients = 'myemail@email.comt',            
            @subject = 'Database alert: No new Data within past 24 hours!',            
            @importance = 'high';
      end

While this works great, I'd really like to include the date last updated in the body of the message, something like: SELECT top 1 'last updated: ', UpdateDate from dbo.mytable order by UpdateDate desc

I tried setting this equal to the @query parameter as such:
@query = 'select top 1 'last updated: ',UpdateDate from dbo.mytable order by UpdateDate desc',

...But i see the error: 'Incorrect syntax near 'last'.  I also tried escaping the ' by using two single quotes on either side of last updated (@query = 'select top 1 ''last updated: '',UpdateDate from dbo.mytable order by UpdateDate desc)

..But I see the error: 'Error formatting query, probably invalid parameters'.

Does anyone know how to fix this?

Thanks in advance.



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try this:

@query = 'select top 1 ''LastUpdated: '' + CONVERT(VARCHAR(10), UpdateDate, 101) from dbo.mytable order by UpdateDate desc',
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Thanks for the quick response, chap!

I tried your suggestion but am still seeing 'Error formatting query, probably invalid parameters'
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OK, try it without the text to see if it will send the query out:

@query = 'select top 1 UpdateDate, from dbo.mytable order by UpdateDate desc',
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by:hennessym
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Thanks Chap - that revealed that SQL Server was looking for dbo.mytable in the msdb database where the msdb.dbo.sp_send_dbmail resides.  Once I specified the database, the stored procedure successfully executed.

Now, however, I'm seeing the number of rows affected despite having SET NOCOUNT ON as the first line of code in my stored procedure, e.g.:

ALTER procedure [dbo].[NewDataCheck] AS

SET NOCOUNT ON

Any ideas?

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Thats a new question...one where you'll need to post your procedure code.  
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