[freetds] XML type returns SQL_CHAR type

Sebastien FLAESCH sf at 4js.com
Sun Jun 21 04:21:53 EDT 2015

On 06/20/2015 12:30 PM, Frediano Ziglio wrote:
> Il 19/Giu/2015 11:53, "Sebastien FLAESCH" <sf at 4js.com> ha scritto:
>> Seems that when using the XML type, SQLDescribeCol() returns SQL_CHAR, and
>> precision=2147483647 ... expected?
>> BTW what are [N]VARCHAR(MAX) types supposed to return in SQLDescribeCol()?
>> Seb
> don't remember. Should be part of describecol test.
> Frediano
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SQL Server Native Client ODBC Driver

The SQL Server Native Client ODBC driver exposes the varchar(max), varbinary(max)
and nvarchar(max) types as SQL_VARCHAR, SQL_VARBINARY, and SQL_WVARCHAR in ODBC
API functions that accept or return ODBC SQL data types.

When reporting the maximum size of a column, the driver will report either:
- The defined maximum size, which for example, is 2000 for a varchar(2000) column,
- The value "unlimited" which in the case of a varchar(max) column equals 0.


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