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

Robert Davis rdavis at unico.com
Thu Apr 1 10:45:40 EST 2004


Try putting a brace '[]' (eg. [TEST SML$Item]) around the table name.
That's how I have to do it sometimes in isqlw.

Robert Davis
On Thu, 2004-04-01 at 12:04 +0100, Andy Cranston wrote:

> 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:
> 
> TEST SML$Item
> 
> 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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