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Passing large string to Stored Procedure

Posted on 2014-09-26
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Hi,

I'm trying to pass the following to a procedure where it is extracted into a table of integers. There a 2636 integers within this string and the parameter type on the SP is set to varchar(max) but when I run it, I get an error 'Incorrect syntax near '17''

String passed to varchar(MAX):

1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30,31,32,33,34,35,36,37,38,39,40,41,42,43,44,45,46,47,48,49,50,51,52,53,54,55,56,57,58,59,60,61,62,63,64,65,66,67,68,69,70,71,72,73,74,75,76,77,78,79,80,81,82,83,84,85,86,87,88,89,90,91,92,93,94,95,96,97,98,99,100,101,102,103,104,105,106,107,108,109,110,111,112,113,114,115,116,117,118,119,120,121,122,123,124,125,126,127,128,129,130,131,132,133,134,135,136,137,138,139,140,141,142,143,144,145,146,147,148,149,150,151,152,153,154,155,156,157,158,159,160,161,162,163,164,165,166,167,168,169,170,171,172,173,174,175,176,177,178,179,180,181,182,183,184,185,186,187,188,189,190,191,192,193,194,195,196,197,198,199,200,201,202,203,204,205,206,207,208,209,210,211,212,213,214,215,216,217,218,219,220,221,222,223,224,225,226,227,228,229,230,231,232,233,234,235,236,237,238,239,240,241,242,243,244,245,246,247,248,249,250,251,252,253,254,255,256,257,258,259,260,261,262,263,264,265,266,267,268,269,270,271,272,273,274,275,276,277,278,279,280,281,282,283,284,285,286,287,288,289,290,291,292,293,294,295,296,297,298,299,300,301,302,303,304,305,306,307,308,309,310,311,312,313,314,315,316,317,318,319,320,321,322,323,324,325,326,327,328,329,330,331,332,333,334,335,336,337,338,339,340,341,342,343,344,345,346,347,348,349,350,351,352,353,354,355,356,357,358,359,360,361,362,363,364,365,366,367,368,369,370,371,372,373,374,375,376,377,378,379,380,381,382,383,384,385,386,387,388,389,390,391,392,393,394,395,396,397,398,399,400,401,402,403,404,405,406,407,408,409,410,411,412,413,414,415,416,417,418,419,420,421,422,423,424,425,426,427,428,429,430,431,432,433,434,435,436,437,438,439,440,441,442,443,444,445,446,447,448,449,450,451,452,453,454,455,456,457,458,459,460,461,462,463,464,465,466,467,468,469,470,471,472,473,474,475,476,477,478,479,480,481,482,483,484,485,486,487,488,489,490,491,492,493,494,495,496,497,498,499,500,501,502,503,504,505,506,507,508,509,510,511,512,513,514,515,516,517,518,519,520,521,522,523,524,525,526,527,528,529,530,531,532,533,534,535,536,537,538,539,540,541,542,543,544,545,546,547,548,549,550,551,552,553,554,555,556,557,558,559,560,561,562,563,564,565,566,567,568,569,570,571,572,573,574,575,576,577,578,579,580,581,582,583,584,585,586,587,588,589,590,591,592,593,594,595,596,597,598,599,600,601,602,603,604,605,606,607,608,609,610,611,612,613,614,615,616,617,618,619,620,621,622,623,624,625,626,627,628,629,630,631,632,633,634,635,636,637,638,639,640,641,642,643,644,645,646,647,648,649,650,651,652,653,654,655,656,657,658,659,660,661,662,663,664,665,666,667,668,669,670,671,672,673,674,675,676,677,678,679,680,681,682,683,684,685,686,687,688,689,690,691,692,693,694,695,696,697,698,699,700,701,702,703,704,705,706,707,708,709,710,711,712,713,714,715,716,717,718,719,720,721,722,723,724,725,726,727,728,729,730,731,732,733,734,735,736,737,738,739,740,741,742,743,744,745,746,747,748,749,750,751,752,753,754,755,756,757,758,759,760,761,762,763,764,765,766,767,768,769,770,771,772,773,774,775,776,777,778,779,780,781,782,783,784,785,786,787,788,789,790,791,792,793,794,795,796,797,798,799,800,801,802,803,804,805,806,807,808,809,810,811,812,813,814,815,816,817,818,819,820,821,822,823,824,825,826,827,828,829,830,831,832,833,834,835,836,837,838,839,840,841,842,843,844,845,846,847,848,849,850,851,852,853,854,855,856,857,858,859,860,861,862,863,864,865,866,867,868,869,870,871,872,873,874,875,876,877,878,879,880,881,882,883,884,885,886,887,888,889,890,891,892,893,894,895,896,897,898,899,900,901,902,903,904,905,906,907,908,909,910,911,912,913,914,915,916,917,918,919,920,921,922,923,924,925,926,927,928,929,930,931,932,933,934,935,936,937,938,939,940,941,942,943,944,945,946,947,948,949,950,951,952,953,954,955,956,957,958,959,960,961,962,963,964,965,966,967,968,969,970,971,972,973,974,975,976,977,978,979,980,981,982,983,984,985,986,987,988,989,990,991,992,993,994,995,996,997,998,999,1000,1001,1002,1003,1004,1005,1006,1007,1008,1009,1010,1011,1012,1013,1014,1015,1016,1017,1018,1019,1020,1021,1022,1023,1024,1025,1026,1027,1028,1029,1030,1031,1032,1033,1034,1035,1036,1037,1038,1039,1040,1041,1042,1043,1044,1045,1046,1047,1048,1049,1050,1051,1052,1053,1054,1055,1056,1057,1058,1059,1060,1061,1062,1063,1064,1065,1066,1067,1068,1069,1070,1071,1072,1073,1074,1075,1076,1077,1078,1079,1080,1081,1082,1083,1084,1085,1086,1087,1088,1089,1090,1091,1092,1093,1094,1095,1096,1097,1098,1099,1100,1101,1102,1103,1104,1105,1106,1107,1108,1109,1110,1111,1112,1113,1114,1115,1116,1117,1118,1119,1120,1121,1122,1123,1124,1125,1126,1127,1128,1129,1130,1131,1132,1133,1134,1135,1136,1137,1138,1139,1140,1141,1142,1143,1144,1145,1146,1147,1148,1149,1150,1151,1152,1153,1154,1155,1156,1157,1158,1159,1160,1161,1162,1163,1164,1165,1166,1167,1168,1169,1170,1171,1172,1173,1174,1175,1176,1177,1178,1179,1180,1181,1182,1183,1184,1185,1186,1187,1188,1189,1190,1191,1192,1193,1194,1195,1196,1197,1198,1199,1200,1201,1202,1203,1204,1205,1206,1207,1208,1209,1210,1211,1212,1213,1214,1215,1216,1217,1218,1219,1220,1221,12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Is there a better way to do this?
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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it depends...
question is: where does this data come from
the syntax error you get is because you cannot assign such a large value at one in the SQL, so you would have to build it up.

hence, if you have to build it up anyhow, it shall come from a table or some other external source?

you could do this:
declare @x varchar(max)
set @x = '1,2,3,4 ...'
set @x = @x + ',5,6,7,8... '
-- etc --
exec yourproc @x

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by:wint100
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The data is passed from an ASP.NET server side code. I'm using C# to build the CSV and pass it to the SQL SP.
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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Then the c# code is not building the parameter correctly. see here:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.data.sqlclient.sqlparameter%28v=vs.110%29.aspx
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/yy6y35y8%28v=vs.110%29.aspx
the main "issue" for large data types is the "size" value, which is usually still "maxed" at 4000 or 8000.
hence, either set to -1 or try to set the actual length of the string
cmd.Parameters.Add("@x", SqlDbType.VarChar, -1).Value =  your_csv;
cmd.Parameters.Add("@x", SqlDbType.VarChar, your_csv.Length).Value =  your_csv;

please show the relevant code if above does not help to solve the issue
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by:wint100
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Code is below, you can see that previously I'd defined a custom type and I was building this up in C# and sending over, but this gave problems, so I switched to passing a CSV.

if (MeterID.EndsWith(","))
                                        {
                                            MeterID = MeterID.TrimLastCharacter();
                                        }
                                        string[] meters = MeterID.Split(',');

                                        //var dt_Meters = new DataTable();
                                        //dt_Meters.Columns.Add("MeterID", typeof(long));
                                        //DataRow workRow;
                                        //foreach (string cat in meters)
                                        //{
                                        //    long id = 0;
                                        //    if (long.TryParse(cat, out id))
                                        //    {
                                        //        workRow = dt_Meters.NewRow();
                                        //        workRow["MeterID"] = id;
                                        //        dt_Meters.Rows.Add(workRow);
                                        //    }
                                        //}

                                        Logger.Logger.DebugLog("ERM Meter Count: "+meters.Count());
                                        Logger.Logger.DebugLog("ERM MeterList: " + MeterID);
                                        Logger.Logger.DebugLog("ERM Data sDate: " + sDate);
                                        Logger.Logger.DebugLog("ERM Data eDate: " + eDate);
                                        cmd.CommandText = "GetERMEnergyData";
                                        var param = new SqlParameter[6];
                                        param[0] = new SqlParameter("@sDate", SqlDbType.DateTime);
                                        param[1] = new SqlParameter("@Meter", SqlDbType.VarChar);
                                        //param[1].TypeName = "ERMMeterList";
                                        param[2] = new SqlParameter("@reportselection", SqlDbType.Char);
                                        param[3] = new SqlParameter("@calc", SqlDbType.Float);
                                        param[4] = new SqlParameter("@eDate", SqlDbType.DateTime);
                                        param[5] = new SqlParameter("@FloorArea", SqlDbType.Decimal);

                                        param[0].Value = Convert.ToDateTime(sDate);
                                        param[1].Value = MeterID;
                                        
                                        param[2].Value = period; //Report Selection Char value
                                        param[3].Value = 1;

                                        if (String.IsNullOrEmpty(eDate))
                                        {
                                            param[4].Value = DBNull.Value; //"19000101";
                                        }
                                        else
                                        {
                                            param[4].Value = eDate;
                                        }
                                        param[5].Value = 1;
                                        for (int i = 0; i < param.Length; i++)
                                        {
                                            cmd.Parameters.Add(param[i]);
                                        }

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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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as I suggested above, replace:
                                        param[1] = new SqlParameter("@Meter", SqlDbType.VarChar);

by  either;

                                        param[1] = new SqlParameter("@Meter", SqlDbType.VarChar, -1);

                                        param[1] = new SqlParameter("@Meter", SqlDbType.VarChar, MeterID.Length);
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by:wint100
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I have tried performing this operation in SSMS passing this above string and it gives the same error, so it doesn't seem to be a C# issue.
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Setting this in C# still gives the same error I'm afraid.
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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then we will need the code of your stored proc, where I fear you are building some dynamic SQL to use that list?
check out this article then:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Database/Miscellaneous/A_1536-delimited-list-as-parameter-what-are-the-options.html
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by:wint100
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Yep:

set @costingview = "EnergyDisplayValues "

set @sql = "declare @sDate as datetime declare @eDate as datetime declare @sDate2 as datetime declare @eDate2 as datetime set @sDate = '" + convert(varchar(10), @sdate, 120) + "' set @eDate = '" + convert(varchar(10), @edate, 120) + "' " +"set @sDate2 = '" + convert(varchar(10), @sdate2, 120) + "' set @eDate2 = '" + convert(varchar(10), @edate2, 120) + "' "+
	" insert into #tariffpivot select readingdate, period, ReadingKwh,ReadingCO2,ReadingC from " + @costingview + " as costsv" +
	" where ((costsv.readingdate between @sDate and @eDate) ) " + 
	" and meterid in ("+ @meter +")"

exec(@sql)

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@meter is my varchar(MAX)
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I've tried changing to this using your example function but it now VERY slow:

SELECT VALUE FROM dbo.ParmsToList(@meter,',')
 set @sDate =  convert(varchar(10), @sdate, 120)  set @eDate =  convert(varchar(10), @edate, 120)  set @sDate2 =  convert(varchar(10), @sdate2, 120)  set @eDate2 =   convert(varchar(10), @edate2, 120)
	 insert into #tariffpivot select readingdate, period, ReadingKwh,ReadingCO2,ReadingC from  EnergyDisplayValues  as costsv 
	 where ((costsv.readingdate between @sDate and @eDate) )  
	 and meterid in (SELECT VALUE FROM dbo.ParmsToList(@meter,',')) 
select * from #tariffpivot

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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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> but it now VERY slow:
explain plan for the query?
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by:wint100
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I'm trying to gather the data from a view as above, the insert into the #tariffpivot table is now very slow. If I use the dynamic SQL it seems to complete the insert much faster than when using the function method.
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3] earned 500 total points
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yes, this is possible. but if your dynamic SQL is limited, you won't have that much choices.
you could pass the data into a real table and use that one instead, but not sure if that will help performance necessarily
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OK thanks, I'll give that a try.
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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yes, but at the same time, you can check the status of the population ...:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms186897.aspx

...and wait/loop:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms187331.aspx
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