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Hi,

I am attempting to use the following query, which works fine when run in sql server management studio, to export data:

SELECT
            '1',
            isnull(left(DISTRICT,1),' '),
            isnull(left(CTV,2),'  '),
            isnull(left(CTV2,5),'     ')          
FROM [CensusData].[dbo].[MainQuestionnaire$]

The export command follows:

EXEC xp_cmdshell 'bcp "SELECT
            '1',
            isnull(left(DISTRICT,1),' '),
            isnull(left(CTV,2),'  '),
            isnull(left(CTV2,5),'     ')            
FROM [CensusData].[dbo].[MainQuestionnaire$]" queryout "C:\bcptest.txt" -T -c -t -S "MYSERVER"'

I know that the problem is with the single quote characters but don't know how to fix it.

Please help.
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by:AmmarR
ID: 33679900
Dear you can use the replace command

check the code below

replace(column name,'''','')
EXEC xp_cmdshell 'bcp "SELECT 
            '1', 
            isnull(left(replace(DISTRICT,'''',''),1),' '),
            isnull(left(replace(CTV,'''',''),2),'  '),,
            isnull(left(replace(CTV2,'''','')),'     ')            
FROM [CensusData].[dbo].[MainQuestionnaire$]" queryout "C:\bcptest.txt" -T -c -t -S "MYSERVER"' 

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by:Knut Hunstad
ID: 33679905
From the documentation:

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command_string cannot contain more than one set of double quotation marks. A single pair of quotation marks is necessary if any spaces are present in the file paths or program names referenced by command_string. If you have trouble with embedded spaces, consider using FAT 8.3 file names as a workaround
---

So the problem seems to be your double quotation marks, not the single ones!

Try this:

EXEC xp_cmdshell 'bcp "SELECT
            '1',
            isnull(left(DISTRICT,1),' '),
            isnull(left(CTV,2),'  '),
            isnull(left(CTV2,5),'     ')            
FROM [CensusData].[dbo].[MainQuestionnaire$]" queryout C:\bcptest.txt -T -c -t -S MYSERVER'


Please note this suggestion is just a guess and untested :-) But it should give you a clue where to look...

Good luck!
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by:sib_user
ID: 33679986
AmmarR:

I get this error when I attempt your solution:
Msg 102, Level 15, State 1, Line 2
Incorrect syntax near '),
            isnull(left(replace(CTV,'','),2),'.

Khun:

Your give the error:
Msg 102, Level 15, State 1, Line 2
Incorrect syntax near '1'.
Which seems to refute your assertion that the double quotes is the problem.
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by:AmmarR
ID: 33680004
there were 2 commas at the end of the line

try this now
EXEC xp_cmdshell 'bcp "SELECT 
            '1', 
            isnull(left(replace(DISTRICT,'''',''),1),' '),
            isnull(left(replace(CTV,'''',''),2),'  '),
            isnull(left(replace(CTV2,'''','')),'     ')            
FROM [CensusData].[dbo].[MainQuestionnaire$]" queryout "C:\bcptest.txt" -T -c -t -S "MYSERVER"' 

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by:Knut Hunstad
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I would start with going to a cmd-shell and try typing (or rather put it into a bat-file so you don't have to retype if it doesn't work):

bcp "SELECT
            '1',
            isnull(left(DISTRICT,1),' '),
            isnull(left(CTV,2),'  '),
            isnull(left(CTV2,5),'     ')            
FROM [CensusData].[dbo].[MainQuestionnaire$]" queryout "C:\bcptest.txt" -T -c -t -S "MYSERVER"

to check that works. Then:

bcp "SELECT
            '1',
            isnull(left(DISTRICT,1),' '),
            isnull(left(CTV,2),'  '),
            isnull(left(CTV2,5),'     ')            
FROM [CensusData].[dbo].[MainQuestionnaire$]" queryout C:\bcptest.txt -T -c -t -S MYSERVER

Should help you detect what the problem really is...
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by:sib_user
ID: 33680180
AmmarR;
Same error.

khun:
Have a look at the attached image.
errors.bmp
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by:Knut Hunstad
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You need to have it all on on line. I should have mentioned that, of course, sorry. Right now you sent one command:

bcp "SELECT

which triggered the explanation of the bcp command. Then you sent another command:

'1',

which was sort of difficult to understand :-) Etc. etc.

Put this into a text file you call TestSQL.bat:

bcp "SELECT '1', isnull(left(DISTRICT,1),' '), isnull(left(CTV,2),'  '), isnull(left(CTV2,5),'     ') FROM [CensusData].[dbo].[MainQuestionnaire$]" queryout "C:\bcptest.txt" -T -c -t -S "MYSERVER"

Then just write TestSQL.bat at the command prompt. Then try the same with:

bcp "SELECT '1', isnull(left(DISTRICT,1),' '), isnull(left(CTV,2),'  '), isnull(left(CTV2,5),'     ') FROM [CensusData].[dbo].[MainQuestionnaire$]" queryout C:\bcptest.txt -T -c -t -S MYSERVER
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by:sib_user
ID: 33683484
khun,

Tried that and for some strange reason the server seems to be inaccessible when I run the batch file.

I can't figure it out because it runs well from sql server management studio.
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Got the answer here: ttp://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en/transactsql/thread/ff79934d-36c6-4078-8081-5e1f14df82c2

All I had to do was put two single quotes everywhere on quote appeared and make sure that everything is on thesame line.

Thanks very much for your attempts.
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by:sib_user
ID: 34186369
I got the answer on another forum.
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