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SQL 2000

Posted on 2011-09-24
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Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I have a nvarchar field set to a length of 4,000.  So, of course, I cannot insert over 900 characters into it.

Any ideas?
Question by:classnet
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Patrick Matthews earned 1000 total points
ID: 36592779

Surely you can insert 900 characters into a nvarchar(4000) column.

Do you need to restate the problem?



Author Comment

ID: 36592787
Check it out Patrick... just spent forever adding and deleteing characters to find out why an obiously under 4,000 piece of text doesn't fit.  

The limit with varchar is 8,000 yet only really works up to 900 as well.
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by:Patrick Matthews
ID: 36592812
Something else is your problem, then, because both of the following SELECTs are returning 1500 as expected:

DECLARE @foo nvarchar(4000)
SET @foo = REPLICATE('x', 1500)
CREATE TABLE zzz (foo nvarchar(4000))
INSERT INTO zzz (foo) VALUES (@foo)

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by:Aneesh Retnakaran
Aneesh Retnakaran earned 1000 total points
ID: 36592818
seems like you are cheking the length thru the results from the query.
you need to set the maximum column output length in query analyser.
from query analyser -> ortions -> lresults -> max lenth
set that field to 8092 (which is max)

if you jsy want to get the length from the query , use
select len(columnName) from tableName

Author Comment

ID: 36593019
Actually what I am trying to do is to put a 975 character question into this field... adding a letter at a time, and rerunning the page, I see that it fails at character 901.
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Expert Comment

by:Aneesh Retnakaran
ID: 36593071
how are you inserting ?

did you run the query tht return the length

Author Comment

ID: 36593149
select len(columnName) from tableName  will return the length of the data in that field.

sqlStatement = "insert into Questions Values('" & Request.Form("category") & "', " & Request.Form("questionnum") & ", '" & Request.Form("question") & "')"

Response.Write sqlStatement

objConnection.Execute SQLStatement,,129

This "insert" works find until Request.Form("question") > 900

Author Comment

ID: 36593169
Ok guys... how do I handle... the data is actually in there and all is well.  I just, on some questions, can't see the data from the Enterprise manager.

Who gets points?
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Expert Comment

by:Patrick Matthews
ID: 36593252
I'd be amenable to a split :)

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