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Error using dynamic sql with variables

Because I'm using dynamic variables to read linkedservers (excel files) I need to put my SQL statements into an executable string.

I've simplified my statements and included a SQL table, but get the same error on my @records Can anyone see what I'm doing wrong?

-- When I change it to the following: DECLARE @V_SQL NVARCHAR(1000) declare @records int

SET @V_SQL = 'SELECT ' + @records + ' = count(*) FROM MyTable WHERE page1id IS NULL'; EXEC (@V_SQL);

-- Returns this error:
Conversion failed when converting the varchar value 'SELECT ' to data type int.

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asked Jul 13, 2010 at 08:05 AM in Default

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use sp_executesql

declare @V_SQL nvarchar(1000),
@records int

SET @V_SQL = 'SELECT @records = count(*) FROM MyTable WHERE page1id IS NULL'

exec sp_executesql @V_SQL, N'@records int OUTPUT', @records OUTPUT
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answered Jul 13, 2010 at 10:58 AM

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@Squirrel Are you going to visit asksqlservercentral when they merge this site into theirs? They should move your rep (now karma) over.
Jul 13, 2010 at 07:53 PM Scot Hauder
Oh.. didn't know that. Sure, i will be there
Jul 13, 2010 at 10:03 PM Squirrel 1
Thanks. That did the trick.
Jul 20, 2010 at 04:32 AM Tim 3 1
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