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 varchar truncated to 255 in SELECT in SP, SQL 2000

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Posted - 2010-06-02 : 10:33:42
Hi... in a stored procedure, I can create a varchar > 255 in length & use print to get the required result, but if use select, truncates to 255 chars... any help/ideas/workarounds please?

PRINT @myvarchar -- this shows > 255chars
SELECT @myvarchar -- this TRUNCATES to 255chars

DECLARE @strWorkFlow varchar(255)
DECLARE @strWorkFlow2 varchar(255)
DECLARE @strWorkFlow3 varchar(500)

-- ALL select statements are truncating to 255 chars
SELECT @strWorkFlow
SELECT @strWorkFlow2
SELECT CAST(@strWorkFlow + @strWorkFlow2 AS TEXT)
SELECT @strWorkFlow + @strWorkFlow2
SELECT @strWorkFlow3
SELECT CONVERT(text, @strWorkFlow3)

-- these show what is expected
PRINT LEN( @strWorkFlow )
PRINT LEN( @strWorkFlow2 )
PRINT LEN( @strWorkFlow3 )
PRINT @strWorkFlow3

Master Smack Fu Yak Hacker

1836 Posts

Posted - 2010-06-02 : 10:43:26
If you are using SSMS, check the settings here. It is defaulted to 256 characters.

Tools Options Query Results Results to Text Maximum number of characters displayed in each column

Also check the "Maximum Characters Retrieved" under "Results to Grid" section too.

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Posted - 2010-06-02 : 10:54:26
If this is SQL 2000 then its probably Query Analyser, rather than SSMS, but the same restriction, and Tools : Option setting applies
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Starting Member

17 Posts

Posted - 2010-06-02 : 19:49:39
Thanks heaps guys, that did the trick. :) :) :)

I am using SQL Query Analyser (SQL 2000). :)
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