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build string from select statement

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I am trying to build a select statement that I will pass to a tored proc as xml.  basically, I want to wrap the ids that are returned in xml tags, like this:
<id>123</id><id>234</id>
...the query statement I am trying to run looks like:
select distinct @myxml = '<id>' + convert(varchar(25), id) + '</id>'
from tbl_answers
where coalesce(IsCompleted, 0) = 0

This only returns the first value it hits (i.e. - <id>123</id>).  I also tried inserting the results into a table variable and building the string by selecting one row at a time, that didnt work either, it returns a null.

Any thoughts?
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by:Binuth
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try this
declare @myxml as varchar(max)
set @myxml = ''
select @myxml = @myxml + '<id>' + convert(varchar(25), id) + '</id>'
from tbl_answers
where coalesce(IsCompleted, 0) = 0

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by:PsychoDazey
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That works until I put the distinct clause in.  For some reason as soon as I do that it only returns the first record....any ideas?
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declare @myxml as varchar(max)
set @myxml = ''
select 
	@myxml = @myxml + '<id>' + convert(varchar(25), id) + '</id>'
from 
	(
		select Distinct id 
		from tbl_answers 
		where coalesce(IsCompleted, 0) = 0
	) Dist

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by:PsychoDazey
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Perfect, thanks!
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sorry, forgot to accept!
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