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Language: SQL Server
Expertise: Beginner
Jun 12, 2000

Query to a Text File

Question:
I would like to create a stored procedure that runs a query and outputs the results to a text file and allows me to add extra delimeters and static field info. Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:
SQL Server has no native command for outputting query results to a file. You can use the extended stored procedure xp_cmdshell and call isql (command-line SQL) with your query and output the results to a file. Any delimiters would need to be part of the SELECT string:

DECLARE @isqlString varchar(255)
SELECT @isqlString = 'isql -Q "SELECT DateCol 
   FROM NorthwindTest.dbo.Test" -E -o C:\Results.txt'
EXEC master..xp_cmdshell @isqlString
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