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Posted - 10/14/2013 :  15:30:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am trying to get SQLCMD to execute a stored procedure which outputs XML to a named file

create procedure [dbo].[aaa]
select top 1 * from dbo.MyTable for xml auto, elements

This works when executed from SSMS. Output to text returns a heading line and underline, followed by the appropriate XML output.

I tried this command from the CLI

C:> sqlcmd
-S "MYNODE" -E -Q "set nocount on; execute [MyDB].[dbo].[aaa]" -o C:\temp\aaa.xml

It returns the heading line and underline, followed by a very long string of what appear to be concatenated HEX numbers
I tried this on various major versions with the same results.

Despite the fact that I have made an attempt to read the manual, obviously I am still doing something totally wrong.
The ":XML ON" command has no apparent effect.

A clue or two would be appreciated.

James K
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Posted - 10/14/2013 :  16:36:15  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Try it like this:
sqlcmd -S "MYNODE"
>set nocount on; execute [MyDB].[dbo].[aaa]" -o C:\temp\aaa.xml
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