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Runnung Batch File from Stored Procedure

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I am trying to execute a batch file from within a stored procedure on SQL Server 2005

Here is the command I am using

EXEC master.dbo.xp_cmdshell 'C:\Program Files\Advanced Query Tool v10\jHaven_batch_sample.bat'

Here is the error message I receive

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

I also tried

EXEC master.dbo.xp_cmdshell "'C:\Program Files\Advanced Query Tool v10\jHaven_batch_sample.bat'"
ERROR
The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect.

EXEC master.dbo.xp_cmdshell "C:\Program Files\Advanced Query Tool v10\jHaven_batch_sample.bat"
ERROR MESSAGE
'C:\Program' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

EXEC master.dbo.xp_cmdshell '"C:\Program Files\Advanced Query Tool v10\jHaven_batch_sample.bat"'
The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect.

What am I doing wrong?
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by:NVIT
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Have you tried single quotes ' instead of double ""?

EXEC master.dbo.xp_cmdshell 'C:\Program Files\Advanced Query Tool v10\jHaven_batch_sample.bat'
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by:Steve Wales
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It doesn't like the spaces in the directory name

Either of these will work (tested both, both appear to work):

EXEC master.dbo.xp_cmdshell 'C:\"Program Files"\"Advanced Query Tool v10"\jHaven_batch_sample.bat'

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Or replace the directory names with the old 8.3 format (dir /x from a CMD prompt to see them):

EXEC master.dbo.xp_cmdshell 'C:\Progra~1\Advanc~1\jHaven_batch_sample.bat'

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by:tim44202
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Yes that is the first example in the body of the question
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by:tim44202
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Steve

I tried both methods.  Received this error:
"The system cannot find the path specified."
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by:Steve Wales
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Hmmm, I tested both locally and they worked.

Does the service account that SQL Server is running under have permissions to read from the path specified ?
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Aneesh Retnakaran earned 500 total points
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You need to make sure that batch file is on the sql server.
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by:Zberteoc
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Use this:
EXEC master.dbo.xp_cmdshell '"C:\Program Files\Advanced Query Tool v10\jHaven_batch_sample.bat"'

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In SQL the single quotes delimit a string but inside you have to wrap the command in double quotes because of the spaces in the folder names.
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by:Zberteoc
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More than that I encourage you to actually grab the result output of that command like this:
create table #output (id int identity, result_line varchar(1000))
insert into #output (result_line)
EXEC master.dbo.xp_cmdshell '"C:\Program Files\Advanced Query Tool v10\jHaven_batch_sample.bat"'
select * from #output where result_line is not null

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This way you can check the result inside SQL and control what happens next.
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by:Aneesh Retnakaran
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I was wondering, why the grade B was given
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