[freetds] Msg 170 Incorrect Syntax - could this be caused by odd characters in the table name?

Thompson, Bill D (London) bill_d_thompson at ml.com
Thu Apr 1 07:55:28 EST 2004

Hi Andy,

Fairly simple this...

see SET QUOTED_IDENTIFIER In SQl server books online.

When SET QUOTED_IDENTIFIER is ON, identifiers can be delimited by double
quotation marks...
When SET QUOTED_IDENTIFIER is OFF, identifiers cannot be quoted.... 
The SQL Server ODBC driver and Microsoft OLE DB Provider for SQL Server
automatically set QUOTED_IDENTIFIER to ON when connecting
SET QUOTED_IDENTIFIER defaults to OFF for connections from DB-Library

we default to the ODBC behaviour, but this is turned off when you connect by

if you want to persist with your table names, you'll have to explicitly
issue a "SET QUOTED_IDENTIFIER ON" once you have connected to the server...



> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Andy Cranston [SMTP:a.cranston at selwaymoore.com]
> Sent:	01 April 2004 12:04
> To:	'freetds at lists.ibiblio.org'
> Subject:	[freetds] Msg 170 Incorrect Syntax - could this be caused by
> odd characters in the table name?
> Hello list,
> After successfully compiling the dblib t001.c unit test program I am now
> on
> the next stage of building my own C program to query a SQL Server 8.0
> database.
> I am trying to select three columns from a table based on a part
> identifier
> number.  Here is the output of the program:
> $ ./csq A4800A
> select "Description","Manufacturer Code","Item Category Code"
> from "TEST SML$Item" where ("No_" = 'A4800A')
> Msg 170, Level 15, State 1
> Server 'BUSSYS', Line 1
> Line 1: Incorrect syntax near 'TEST SML$Item'.
> ./csq: part identifier lookup gave incorrect number of columns
> $
> So my syntax is wrong?  Ok - so this is a tsql transcript to the same
> server:
> $ tsql -S BUSSYS -U dbreadonly
> locale is "C"
> locale charset is "646"
> Password:
> Msg 5703, Level 0, State 1, Server BUSSYS, Line 0
> Changed language setting to us_english.
> 1> use Test
> 2> go
> 1> select "Description","Manufacturer Code","Item Category Code"
> 2> from "TEST SML$Item" where ("No_" = 'A4800A')
> 3> go
> Description     Manufacturer Code       Item Category Code
> PCI FWD SCSI2 Interface Card    HP      MISC
> 1> exit
> $
> This works perfectly.
> The only thing I can think of is that the table name:
> contains a space and a $ (dollar) character.  Could this be the cause of
> the
> syntax error and, if so, why does running the same query via tsql work
> when
> submiting the query via my C program does not?
> Any help gratefully received.
> I can post the C code to the list if necessary or email it to any kind
> individuals who can help me out.
> Regards,
> Andy Cranston.
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