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Posted - 01/16/2013 :  02:19:19  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi, all
I'm trying to insert content of .pdf into varbinary(max) column.
I don't have option to use any .net cool tools, just have SSMS on 2008.

I tried to use something like:

insert into t1(xdata) values ('0x1234')

and get this error:
Msg 257, Level 16, State 3, Line 1
Implicit conversion from data type varchar(max) to varbinary(max) is not allowed. Use the CONVERT function to run this query.

So looks like I can't use single ' around binary value, and '0x12343122' is actual binary value , when I use cast('0x1234' as varbinary(max)) it convert it into another value of course, thinking it's varchar.
Can anybody recommend the way to achieve this. I'm not sure can I reference a physical file in INSERT? and then do convert.

Thanks all for your help.

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Posted - 01/16/2013 :  02:36:00  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

create table testBlob (col1 varbinary(max))
insert into testBlob
SELECT BulkColumn
FROM OPENROWSET (BULK 'FullFilePath\FileName.pdf', SINGLE_BLOB) TheFile
SELECT * FROM testBlob

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Posted - 01/16/2013 :  13:59:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Chandu

It worked OK, I also tried to do reverse cast(col1 as varchar(max)) and see that it broken on the very first NUL value (as I see it in notepad++). It probably expected behavior for HEX-to-Char conversion.

Or what is the good way to test this, ultimately this column will be displayed as pdf file in www browser.


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Posted - 05/03/2013 :  02:40:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Another problem on inserting pdf. files?
You said you had tried the methods that bandi recommended to you and it worked OK except for a little mis takes.
I 'm wondering why not to choose anther third party app to help you.
Here is a great PDF app on Yiigo.
It also has many other free trials dealing with different documents and files.
Hope it helps.

Kind Regards,
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