getdate() function in a SS Integration services derived table transformation- new column- expression. How do I force the result of a sql script task value into a variable

The requirement is to show the contents of the getdate() function in a derived table- new column- expression. I have tried entering the getdate() into a variable and then reference the variable in the expression but the value only shows getdate() as text, but not the actual date.

Is there way to do this?
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asked Aug 11, 2011 at 07:46 AM in Default

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how are you declaring the variable?

 DECLARE @DATE datetime  
 SET @DATE = getdate()  
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answered Aug 11, 2011 at 07:58 AM

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within the variable at package level, I have a select getdate()as the value and type of string. I have also tried your suggestion but the expression outputs the script you have provided rather than the getdate() value.

Please note the variable is the SSIS variable holder as opposed to a sql task.
Aug 11, 2011 at 08:06 AM jmb4
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Do you mean this?

      ID INT ,
      DateDefault DATETIME DEFAULT ( GETDATE() )
                           NOT NULL

-- an insert that specifies a value for the column
        ( [ID], [DateDefault] )
        ( 0, -- ID - int
          '2011-08-11 15:00:49'  --  datetime

-- an insert that leaves the column to recieve the default value
        ( [ID] )
        ( 1 -- ID - int

    [t].[ID] ,
    @tbl AS t
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answered Aug 11, 2011 at 08:11 AM

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Guys thanks for your responses.

My query is in regards to SQL server integration services. I think the derived table comment maybe somewhat misleading. There is a derived table transformation(not the same as a sql derived table)in SSIS in which a placeholder for a variable is not showing the value of a script in an expression.

I am trying to extract the value of whats is the variable into an expression but it does not extract it. Just shows the sql script.

Hope this clears out some of the mud.

Aug 11, 2011 at 08:17 AM jmb4
I think the title is misleading I will repost.
Aug 11, 2011 at 08:18 AM jmb4
I think that @jmb4 is meaning the Derived Column Transformation in SSIS, right? As I wrote in my answer.
Aug 11, 2011 at 08:19 AM Pavel Pawlowski
@jmb4 - just edit this question to be more specific, by name, description and tags. Dont start a new question please.
Aug 11, 2011 at 08:35 AM Fatherjack ♦♦
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The GETDATE() is a SQL Server function so to get the value, you need to evaluate it by SQL SERVER.

In case you want to store the value in a variable, you have to declare a variable of DateTime type and then run a 'SELECT GETDATE()' from withing Execute SQL Task and put the result into the variable, which you can then use in whatever transformation (eg. Derived Column).

Other option could be to use the SSIS GETDATE() function in the expression or use the 'System::StartTime' system package level variable which returns the timestamp when the package has started and will be constant during package execution. The GETDATE() function will be different during the flow.

However the 'System::StartTime' and GETDATE() can return different results from the SQL GETDATE() as the SSIS functions return date time from machine on which the package is being executed and the SQL function returns date time from the machine on which the SQL Server instance is running.
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answered Aug 11, 2011 at 08:18 AM

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HI Pavel,

That exactly what I mean. How do I push the value of getdate from a sql task into a variable?
Aug 11, 2011 at 08:35 AM jmb4
If you have OLE DB connection, then set the ResultSet property of the SQL Task to SingleRow. Then in the Result Set add a new asignment. The Result Set Name set to 0 and choose your variable with DateTime type. After the SQL Task executes, you will have the value in your variable.
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