Escape character automatically added to strings retrieved from database

I am storing control characters in a table in a SQL Server database.  When I try to retrieve the values from the table, an escape character is automatically added to the values.

For example, the following values are stored in my table:
\t, \n, \r, \r\n

When I retrieve the values from the table using the code below they are changed to:
\\t, \\n, \\r, \\r\\n

How do I keep the framework from adding the escape character to an already escaped literal?

SqlCommand cmd = new SqlCommand("column_delimiter_list", conn);
cmd.CommandType = CommandType.StoredProcedure;

SqlDataReader reader = cmd.ExecuteReader();
if (reader.HasRows)
{
   while (reader.Read())
   {
       list.Add(new Delimiter(reader["name"] + "", reader["value"] + ""));
   }
   reader.Close();
}
reader.Dispose();
...

Thanks.
ktmedlinAsked:
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OriNetworksConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Maybe try replace with ascii \ either in the c# or sql query
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OriNetworksCommented:
Maybe?


SqlDataReader reader = cmd.ExecuteReader();
if (reader.HasRows)
{
   while (reader.Read())
   {
       list.Add(new Delimiter(reader["name"].ToString().Replace("\\\\","\\") + "", reader["value"].ToString().Replace("\\\\","\\")  + ""));
   }
   reader.Close();
}
reader.Dispose();
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ktmedlinAuthor Commented:
I tried this:
   list.Add(new Delimiter(reader["name"] + "", reader["value"].ToString().Replace("\\\\", "\\")));
and this:
   list.Add(new Delimiter(reader["name"] + "", reader["value"].ToString().Replace(@"\\", @"\")));
but neither worked.
The string still had "\\" in its value.

Thanks.
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ktmedlinAuthor Commented:
I have attached a screenshot showing the contents of the SqlDataReader before I even start reading the records.
Screen1.gif
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ktmedlinAuthor Commented:
Maybe a better question would be how to store control characters in SQL Server other than using the escape sequence like im doing now (\t, \n, \r, etc).  Im using these values stored in SQL Server to then apply to the String.Split function.

while (reader.Peek() > -1)
{
    line = reader.ReadLine();
    list.Add(new DataRecord(line.Split(delimiter.Value).ToList()));
}

Any ideas?
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ktmedlinConnect With a Mentor Author Commented:
Found answer here:
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/4230638/c-storing-and-using-control-characters-for-string-split

Needed to change how the value was stored in SQL Server change control character '\t' the char(9).

Thanks.
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ktmedlinAuthor Commented:
Found the solution in another site but comments provided by OriNetworks led me to the solution.

Thanks.
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