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How to query a table with a hyphen in the name?

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I have a database that has a table with a hyphen in the name (don't look at me, I didn't do it!).   Let's call the table E-Mail_Addresses.   I need to query that table.  The database is Intersystems Cache, but it accepts standard SQL queries.

I need something that looks like

SELECT * FROM [E-Mail_Addresses] WHERE Name='JohnDoe'

Except that I need it to work.  If it matters to anyone, I'm coding in VBS using ADODB and the InterSystems 5.1 ODBC driver.


Thanks!!
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Question by:exx1976
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by:Patrick Matthews
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Are you saying that that does not work?  Generally, you would encase "non-standard" database object names in square brackets...
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by:AmmarR
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hi

if you have a hyphen in the data then you need to double it in your script

check code below

SELECT * FROM [E-Mail_Addresses] WHERE Name='''JohnDoe'''

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by:mustaccio
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Try enclosing the table name in double quotes (this is standard SQL):

SELECT * FROM "E-Mail_Addresses" WHERE Name='JohnDoe'

Note that this makes the table name case-sensitive; if its name is in fact "e-mail_addresses" or "E-MAIL_ADDRESSES" it won't match.
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by:exx1976
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Below is the code (VBS) that I'm using.

This is the error that I get:

[SQLCODE: <-1>:<Invalid SQL statement>]
[Cache Error: <<SYNTAX>errdone+1^%qaqqt>]
[Details: <Prepare>]
[%msg: < SQL ERROR #1: `ID' expected, `[' found^SELECT * FROM [>]
Set oConn = CreateObject("ADODB.Connection")

Set oRS = CreateObject("ADODB.RecordSet")

oConn.Open "DRIVER={InterSystems ODBC};SERVER=FQDN.domain.local;DATABASE=database_name;UID=user;PWD=pwd"

If oConn.State <> 1 Then MsgBox "connect failed"

SQLCmd = "SELECT * FROM [E-Mail_Addresses] WHERE Name='JohnDoe'"

oRS.Open SQLCmd, oConn

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by:exx1976
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Mustaccio - unfortunately, no, the double quotes doesn't work.  The error is:

[SQLCODE: <-1>:<Invalid SQL statement>]
[Cache Error: <<SYNTAX>errdone+1^%qaqqt>]
[Details: <Prepare>]
[%msg: < SQL ERROR #1: `ID' expected, `:' found^SELECT * FROM :%qpar>]
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by:mustaccio
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Did you escape double quotes in your double-quoted SQLCmd string?
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by:exx1976
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Yes.  The actual code used was

SQLCmd = "SELECT * FROM ""Co-Signer_Route_Bal"" WHERE ACCOUNT_NUM='36'"

I also tried

SQLCmd = "SELECT * FROM """"Co-Signer_Route_Bal"""" WHERE ACCOUNT_NUM='36'"

with the same result.
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by:exx1976
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Ok..  So now we know it's not email addresses..   LOL   Oops!  I feel like such a n00b
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StrifeJester earned 500 total points
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Perhaps wherever you are getting the table name from is wrong.  Perhaps it is just and underscore and someone forgot to hold shift.
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by:exx1976
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That's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard...  Let me go try it!
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by:exx1976
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Oops  no!!  I wanted to accept 33704676
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by:exx1976
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Go figure, typo in the FM..
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