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XP_CMDSHELL ERROR (SQL SERVER 2005)

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Hi, Guys:

I have a need to execute a string from the command shell using xp_cmdshell (see below for script).

I am having problem getting the string in the correct “format”; I believe I need an escape character …????

I will appreciate your input, only if you can spare the time.

Thanks,


declare @sqlstr varchar(1000), @mlsnum varchar(16)
set @mlsnum = '11-512323'
--
set @sqlstr = (select top 1 '"C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" http://www.themls.com/bingmaps/WS/GeocodeByHttp/?username=X64251&save=false&mlsnum=' +  @mlsnum) --cast(1234 as sysname)

print @sqlstr
-- above returns the string below:
-- "C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" http://www.themls.com/bingmaps/WS/GeocodeByHttp/?username=X64251&save=true&mlsnum=11-512323
--
exec xp_cmdshell @sqlstr
--
-- above gives error below:
--'save' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
--operable program or batch file.
--'mlsnum' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
--operable program or batch file.
--NULL


-- NOTE:
--If I take the URL http://www.themls.com/bingmaps/WS/GeocodeByHttp/?username=X64251&false=true&mlsnum=11-512323
--and paste in IE, it works fine.
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by:Ephraim Wangoya
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include the parameter in quotes


set @sqlstr = (select top 1 '"C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe"  "http://www.themls.com/bingmaps/WS/GeocodeByHttp/?username=X64251&save=false&mlsnum=' +  @mlsnum + '"') --cast(1234 as sysname)

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by:dteshome
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It still gives the following error when the XP_... executes the string:

'C:\Program' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.
'save' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.
'mlsnum' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.
NULL

However, when I took the string and run in the cmd shell it works.
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I figured it out!  The problem is with the "extended chars" - & etc.

Placing a ^ infront of the extended chars fixes the problem. Please see below

set @sqlstr = (select top 1 '"C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" http://www.themls.com/bingmaps/WS/GeocodeByHttp/?username=X64251^&save=true^&mlsnum=' +  @mlsnum) --cast(1234 as sysname)
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by:dteshome
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None of the sol'n given earlier worked.
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