How to catch SQL error return by a query running in Access

Posted on 2009-05-06
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Last Modified: 2012-05-06
Hi all,

I am working on an Access project, which will migrate data from Access to SQL Server. I do it through Append query. The issue is that, the append query sometimes couldnt insert a particular row from Access to SQL Server (I know the reason is datatype confliction), but Access didnt error out this error and just skip this row. My question is is there anyway I can catch this error, try to modify the data to be datatype-matched, and then re-insert to SQL Server table.
I tried to look for solution but havent found yet. If anyone have idea, I would appreciate.

Question by:jjdahl
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How are you running your append query? Is this a query that you've built in the Access database, or are you opening a connection to the server, running a Stored Proc on the server, etc etc ...
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Also, IMO you really should validate your data BEFORE you attempt your append - that is, using VBA, you'd examine your data to insure that you can correctly insert before you attempt to do so.

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HI LSMConsulting,

I create append queries in access, with linked tables to SQL Server. Also, I create a program that automatically run those append queries.
This is a big migration with hundreds of table, that's why I cannot check every case to make sure data is correct. Detect the data mismatch and show it out is a part of the project too.

Thanks for your response
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You could build queries that would be run AFTER your insert, to show which records haven't been inserted. for example:

SELECT * FROM YourSQLTable WHERE YourIDField NOT IN (SELECT IDfield FROM YourAccessTable)

Of course, you may need to use more than one field in the subselect to get the right results, but then I'm not sure of your table structure.
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jmoss111 earned 1500 total points
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Why would you even want to insert incorrect data into a table if you could? Build staging tables, do hygiene on the staging tables then insert into prod tables.
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Exactly ...

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