Creating a Temp Table from a Stored Procedure

Posted on 2011-02-13
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I have a procedure (A) that produces a table and I would like to create a new procedure (B) that creates a temp table that stores all columns structures and row values produced by procedure (A).

How to do so?

IMPORTANT NOTE: I don't want to create my temp table column by column, becasue the table that procedure (A) changes its structure according to some conditions, as well as any table this procedure (A) produces contains so many columns.

I tried this IN PROCEDURE (b) but it failed:

INSERT INTO #MY_TEMP_TABLE EXEC dbo.MY_OLD_STORED_PROC 'value1','value2','value3','value4'


The error given is: Invalid object name '#MY_TEMP_TABLE'

Please advise
Question by:alfardan
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Expert Comment

by:Dale Burrell
ID: 34885747
I'm not sure if this totally answers your question, but to do what your code is suggesting you would do the following:

: Outer Context (can be a stored proc, query analyser, a connection from an application etc)

create table #Temp / insert into #temp -- construct the temp table as you prefer

: Proc A

insert into #Temp

: Proc B

select from #Temp
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Expert Comment

ID: 34885796
Create global temp tables.

-- 1st sp
create proc a as
create table ##test (col int)

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-- 2nd sp
create proc b as 
insert ##test values (1)
select * from ##test

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-- execute the SPs
exec a
exec b

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Expert Comment

ID: 34886005
Have you tried this command?

SELECT * INTO #MY_TEMP_TABLE EXEC dbo.MY_OLD_STORED_PROC 'value1','value2','value3','value4'
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Author Comment

ID: 34886225

I just tried it and it gives me this error:

Msg 263, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
Must specify table to select from.
Msg 1038, Level 15, State 5, Line 1
An object or column name is missing or empty. For SELECT INTO statements, verify each column has a name. For other statements, look for empty alias names. Aliases defined as "" or [] are not allowed. Add a name or single space as the alias name.

Author Comment

ID: 34886362

What I want is the following ni more details:

I have a procedure called (proc_a)

This procedure produces the following table att1
I want now to create a new procedure that uses the table data that was created by proc_a to ultimately produce a differet table.

Please have in the mind the following: the table that proc_a produces contains a count of columns that differ according to the parameters passed to it. Therefore, I can not create a temp table with specific columns matching the table columns produced by proc_a because as I said the structure of this produced table columns count differ according to the parametters passed to proc_a.

Hopefully this illustrates more.
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Expert Comment

ID: 34886694
you can't really do ir without creating the table before hand...

if you want to accept the overhead, and can get the dba to accept the need then you can do it with OPENQUERY

create a linked server pointing to the current server instance

then execute the procedure via an openquery statement using the liked server


select c.*
   into #temp
 from OpenQuery(linkedserver,'EXEC PROCEDURE....') as c

Author Comment

ID: 34888404

What overhead? You mean this "OpenQuery" will or might cause a performance issue or resource overutilization on the server that this DB resides in?
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Expert Comment

ID: 34888469
yes , it will be "slower" than a normal direct execution of the procedure into a table
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Expert Comment

ID: 34891169
Did you check global temp tables?

Author Comment

ID: 34893698

Won't work for me because I have no authority to alter procedure 1

Author Comment

ID: 34893730

I tried it as you suggested like this:

select c.* into #temp from OpenQuery(MY_SERVER_NAME,'exec dbo.PROC_A ''val1'',''val2'',''val3'',''val4''') as c

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And I got the following error message:

Msg 7357, Level 16, State 2, Line 1
Cannot process the object "exec dbo.PROC_A 'val1','val2','val3','val4'". The OLE DB provider "SQLNCLI" for linked server "MY_SERVER_NAME" indicates that either the object has no columns or the current user does not have permissions on that object.

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Accepted Solution

Sharath earned 500 total points
ID: 34903793
Execute the SP with 3-part name.

select c.* into #temp from OpenQuery(MY_SERVER_NAME,'exec yourDBName.dbo.PROC_A ''val1'',''val2'',''val3'',''val4''') as c

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Author Closing Comment

ID: 34935534
Perfect to the point, thank you Sharath_123.

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