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Posted - 11/30/2012 :  08:48:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

I have a column with long text, which I would like to split into columns text1, text2, etc by making a split every 250 characters. Then I would like to save text1, text2, etc together with one other variable as a new table. I've tried to write a script (I guess I'll just need 2 lines really?) with which I can implement that in SQL Browser, but haven't succeeded so far. Would anyone know how to do this?
Thanks so much, JZ

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Posted - 11/30/2012 :  08:59:44  Show Profile  Visit nigelrivett's Homepage  Reply with Quote
;with ce as
select i=1, s = substring(str,1,250), id from tbl
union all
select i=i+1, s = substring(str,(i-1)*250+251,250), id from tbl t join cte c on c.var = t.var where len(str) >= ,(i-1)*250+251
insert newtbl
select var, seq = i, str
from cte

You can pivot this if you want it in columns but you would then need a maximum size for the string.

Cursors are useful if you don't know sql.
SSIS can be used in a similar way.
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Posted - 11/30/2012 :  09:04:50  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Another approach, ion case you are really on SQL 2000 and don't have CTE's available to you
DECLARE @x VARCHAR(255)= 'abcdefghkijlmn';

DECLARE @chunksize INT = 3; -- change to what you want
	[type] = 'P'
	AND @chunksize*number <= LEN(@x);

Edited by - sunitabeck on 11/30/2012 09:05:24
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