Thursday, May 21, 2009

BCP out Temp Tables

Hit a little snag today trying to output, via BCP, the results of a stored procedure that created and dropped a local temp table. The spd would run fine in Query Analyser, but when run from the DOS prompt I got the error message that the temp table didn't exist. Perhaps the problem is caused by BCP compiling and running the spd in different threads? Anyways, the results of a little googling provide the workaround of keeping the table in TempDb rather than creating as a real temp table. That works as long as the table is not created and dropped within the spd that BCP calls.

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