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Insert pipe delimited rows into multiple rows.


Submitted on: 10/21/2002 6:09:25 PM
By: Charles Toepfer 
Level: Intermediate
User Rating: Unrated
Compatibility:SQL Server 2000, SQL Server 7.0

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     Take a pipe delimited row, split it out and insert it into multiple rows in a temp table.

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CREATE TABLE tmpPipeSepVals (PipeSepVals VARCHAR(10))

DECLARE @strPipeSepVals varchar(20),
            @ThisValue varchar(20),
            @EndPoint int

SET @strPipeSepVals = (SELECT [PipeSepValCol] FROM [TABLENAME] WHERE ID = '100')

SET @strPipeSepVals = ltrim(rtrim(convert(varchar,@strPipeSepVals)))  + '|'

            SET @EndPoint = CHARINDEX('|',@strPipeSepVals)          

            WHILE @EndPoint > 0
                        SET @ThisValue = SUBSTRING(@strPipeSepVals, 1, @EndPoint - 1)
                        SET @strPipeSepVals = SUBSTRING(@strPipeSepVals, @EndPoint + 1, 100)
                        INSERT INTO [tmpPipeSepVals]([PipeSepVals]) VALUES(@ThisValue)
                        SET @EndPoint = CHARINDEX('|',@strPipeSepVals)                      

SELECT * FROM [tmpPipeSepVals]

DROP TABLE tmpPipeSepVals

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10/23/2002 4:44:49 AM:Antonio Rodrigues
Handy code, dude!
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3/6/2003 2:25:05 PM:
Hi This type of code I have written as a Stored Procedure. But the problem is SQL can limit the passed length of the string to 2000 chars. Do you have any solution to pass a string more that 2000 chars and split them and store them in the table? Thanks my email is arunk@marketpulse.co.nz
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