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SQL Server dynamically return specific columns from a table

Hello.  I've got a table [##UDF_HCLOT_prep] that contains up to 40 columns.  I'm trying to return only those columns that don't begin with 'Lot-UDF%'.  

I have the following code as shown below, but when I execute it all I get back is "Invalid object name ##LotUDFs".

Any help is appreciated.
declare @sql varchar(1000)
SELECT @sql=@sql + Column_name + ','
from INFORMATION_SCHEMA.Columns
where table_name = '##UDF_HCLOT_prep' and Column_name not like '[Lot-UDF]%'

select @sql = left(@sql, len(@sql)-1)
select @sql = 'select ' + @sql + ' Into ##LotUDFs From ##UDF_HCLOT_prep'
exec (@sql)

Select * From ##LotUDFs

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BrandonGalderisiCommented:
That is because when you execute SQL using exec(@SQL), the temp table goes out of scope once the execution is complete.  Try this...


declare @sql nvarchar(max)
set @SQL = ''
SELECT @sql=@sql + '[' + Column_name + '],'
from INFORMATION_SCHEMA.Columns
where table_name = '##UDF_HCLOT_prep' and Column_name not like '[Lot-UDF]%'

select @sql = left(@sql, len(@sql)-1)
select @sql = 'select ' + @sql + ' From ##UDF_HCLOT_prep'
exec sp_executesql @SQL


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cyberkiwiCommented:
declare @sql varchar(1000)
SELECT @sql=@sql + c.name + ','
from tempdb.sys.objects o
inner join tempdb.sys.columns c on c.object_id=o.object_id
where o.name = '##UDF_HCLOT_prep' and c.name not like '[Lot-UDF]%'

select @sql = left(@sql, len(@sql)-1)
select @sql = 'select ' + @sql + ' Into ##LotUDFs From ##UDF_HCLOT_prep'
exec (@sql)

Select * From ##LotUDFs
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jobprojnAuthor Commented:
Brandon, thanks for quick reply.  Because I'm using a global temp table "##" the table should remain in scope even after execution.  Nonetheless, I tried your code and get:

Msg 536, Level 16, State 5, Line 7
Invalid length parameter passed to the SUBSTRING function.
Msg 156, Level 15, State 1, Line 1
Incorrect syntax near the keyword 'From'.
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jobprojnAuthor Commented:
Cyberwiki, thanks for quick reply.  Using your code I get the following:

Msg 208, Level 16, State 1, Line 11
Invalid object name '##LotUDFs'.
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BrandonGalderisiCommented:
Global temp tables will remain in scope until the last process (SPID) accessing it exits.  Since ##LotUDFs is only accessed by the exec(), it goes out of scope immediately upon completion.

Mine failed because I wasn't accessing tempdb.

Try:

declare @sql nvarchar(max)

SELECT @sql=isnull(@sql + ',' ,'') + '[' + Column_name + ']'
from tempdb.INFORMATION_SCHEMA.Columns
where table_name = '##UDF_HCLOT_prep' and Column_name not like '[Lot-UDF]%'


select @sql = 'select ' + @sql + ' From med##UDF_HCLOT_prepium'
--exec sp_executesql @SQL
PRINT @SQL


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jobprojnAuthor Commented:
Worked, thanks much.
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