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How can I find inbeded strings in SQL an field using the 'LIKE' operator using VB6

Hi Experts,
I'm trying to find records a substring within an SQL NVARCHAR field using VB6.  My select statement is:  
            sCont = "SELECT * FROM " & sTDSubProfile _
            & " WHERE Recording Like '%" & sOrg & "%'"
I'm trying to find all the records with sOrg in the 'Recording' field.  The field contains text before and after the sOrg value.  If I use the above select statement (replacing sOrg with the actual string) in the SQL Server Management Studio, I find numerous records.  However in VB6 no records are found.  I don't get any errors when using the above statement in the open command - just no records are found.  I suspect that '%' may not be the proper wildcard character to use.  Any ideas?
Microsoft DevelopmentMicrosoft SQL Server 2008

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8/22/2022 - Mon
Patrick Matthews

Try using * Instead of % as the wild card.

Hi Matthew,
Same results.  I have tried all the wildcard characters I can think of (#,%,*) and none works. If I replace sOrg with the complete string for one of the records (still using "LIKE") it finds 1 record (as expected).
Brook Braswell

I would suggest to make sure you variable sOrg does not contain special chars it'self

do a trim on it, remove single quotes and *, and % also.

Your phrase appears to be fine, put a break in your code where the SQL statement is formed.

Show me what the value of sCont is before you do your query.
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Walt Forbes

Hi Brook,
here is the result of the Debug.Print statement after the creation of the sCont:
SELECT * FROM SubProfiles WHERE Recording Like  '%\\Recordings%'
sOrg = \\Recordings
sOrg comes from me typing the value into a text box
your link shows 'Dan%' without the leading "%" to find inbeded strings however if (in SQL) i use my select statement it works.  I have over 10K records with "\\Recordings" - which I need to change to "\Recordings"

Brook Braswell

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Hi Brook,
I'm stupid sometimes - I should be searching for "Recordings\\" not "\\Recordings".  after fixing that everything works as expected.  One thing - your suggestion about using the UPDATE won't change just a part of a string field - "Recordings\\" is inbeded within a longer string.  While your response didn't actually solve my problem, it did cause me to look closely at my issue - which sometimes is just as good.  Thanks for the speedy responses!