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I need to SET this sting
'LIKE ''%'' '
to '% (there will be a variable number of letters here) %'

So basically
IF string IS NOT NULL SET 'LIKE ''%'' ' = .....
I need to remove 'LIKE'    AND Make sure that there is another % and end with '
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Question by:portlight
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by:Aneesh Retnakaran
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Option 1
SELECT * from table where something LIKE '%[%]'

Option2
SELECT * from table where something LIKE '%\%%' ESCAPE '\
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DECLARE @sql NVARCHAR(max)
DECLARE @yoursearchstring NVARCHAR(max)

SET @yoursearchstring = 'test'  --change it to your search string, or make it a parameter

SET @sql = 'SELECT * FROM [yourtablename] WHERE 1=1 '

IF  @yoursearchstring != ''
BEGIN
   SET @sql = @sql + ' AND [yourcolumn] LIKE ''%' + @yoursearchstring + '%'' '
END

exec sp_executesql @sql

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Hope this helps.
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by:awking00
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>>'% (there will be a variable number of letters here) %'<<
I sense that the letters will not be randomly variable since anything such as "Like '%'" or "Like '%%'" of "Like '%%%'" will return everything anyway. I suspect you may be trying to find records Like '%[some string value]%' dynamically. Can you show us how you intend to use this string?
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by:portlight
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This gave me exactly what i was looking for each time.

IF @searchString IS NOT NULL SET @searchString =  SUBSTRING (@searchString , CHARINDEX ( ' ', @searchString ) + 1, LEN (@searchString ))
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