EXECUTE cannot be used as a source when inserting into a table variable??!!

Posted on 2009-05-02
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I can't create such a function, why? It gives em the following error:

Msg 197, Level 15, State 1, Procedure TEST_TABLE, Line 20
EXECUTE cannot be used as a source when inserting into a table variable.

The thing is, the table name I'm trying to select from is defined dynamically from this statement:

(select Request_Table_Name dbo.Request_Type where Request_Type_ID=[SOME_ID])

Also, the number those tables that I'm trying to select from are a lot, and don't have a standarized naming convension for them, therefore I need to get their names dynamically like the above attempt.

	@RequestTypeID int
@MyTable TABLE 
	SystemID int, 
	DateOfSubmission datetime
	declare @MySQL varchar(200)
	set @MySQL = 'select Application_ID, Date_of_Submission from (select Request_Table_Name dbo.Request_Type where Request_Type_ID='+@RequestTypeID+')'
	insert @MyTable
	EXEC sp_executesql @MySQL

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Question by:alfardan
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by:Raja Jegan R
ID: 24288750
Table variable cannot be used in the following statements:

insert into @MyTable EXEC sp_executesql @MySQL
select * into @MyTable EXEC sp_executesql @MySQL

To resolve your issue,
1. Create a temporary table.
create table #temp ()
2. Insert records as part of EXEC sp_executesql @MySQL into your temporary table
insert into #temp()
EXEC sp_executesql @MySQL
3. Insert records from that temp table into your table variable
insert into #temp
EXEC sp_executesql @MySQL

Hope this helps
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by:Raja Jegan R
ID: 24288752
Small Mistake... Instead of the below statement

insert into #temp
EXEC sp_executesql @MySQL


insert into @MyTable
Select * from #temp
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3] earned 500 total points
ID: 24289015
you CANNOT use dynamic sql in a function, full stop.
you need to redesign this requrest into stored procedures.
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Expert Comment

ID: 24289105
>> Table variable cannot be used in the following statements:

insert into @MyTable EXEC sp_executesql @MySQL
select * into @MyTable EXEC sp_executesql @MySQL <<
rrjegan17 -  you can try the first statement but not the second.


declare @temp table (name varchar(100))
insert @temp exec sp_executesql N'select name from sys.tables'
select * from @temp

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