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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();
...

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Question by:ktmedlin
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by:OriNetworks
ID: 34161007
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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by:ktmedlin
ID: 34161041
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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Author Comment

by:ktmedlin
ID: 34161073
I have attached a screenshot showing the contents of the SqlDataReader before I even start reading the records.
Screen1.gif
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OriNetworks earned 2000 total points
ID: 34161740
Maybe try replace with ascii \ either in the c# or sql query
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by:ktmedlin
ID: 34177633
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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by:ktmedlin
ktmedlin earned 0 total points
ID: 34177874
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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Author Closing Comment

by:ktmedlin
ID: 34203796
Found the solution in another site but comments provided by OriNetworks led me to the solution.

Thanks.
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