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Retrieve text from XML in SQL

I have the following code in SQL:

declare @xfile table (xfile xml)
insert @xfile values ('<root company="Client1">
<setup program="prog1" support="level4">
free text data line 1
free text data line 2
...
</setup>
<setup program="prog2" support="level4">
free text data line 3
free text data line 4
...
</setup>
<setup program="prog3" support="level4">
free text data line 5
free text data line 6
...
</setup>
</root>')

SELECT T2.Loc.query('.')
FROM   @xfile
CROSS APPLY xfile.nodes('/root/setup') as T2(Loc)

This returns the following data

<setup program="prog1" support="level4">
free text data line 1
free text data line 2
...
</setup>
<setup program="prog2" support="level4">
free text data line 3
free text data line 4
...
</setup>
<setup program="prog3" support="level4">
free text data line 5
free text data line 6
...
</setup>

What I would like is a query that returns two columns: the value of the program attribute, and the free text part of the setup section. For example:

Program setup
prog1 free text data line 1
 free text data line 2
 ...
prog2 free text data line 3
 free text data line 4
 ...
prog3 free text data line 5
 free text data line 6
 ...

Does anyone know what query I can use to get this result?

Thanks in advance.
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asked Nov 15, 2012 at 12:25 PM in Default

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This might be what you're looking for:

select
 X.SETUP.value('(@program)[1]', 'varchar(20)') as Program,
 X.SETUP.value('.', 'varchar(max)') as [FreeText]
from
 @xfile
 CROSS APPLY xfile.nodes('/root/setup') as X(SETUP)

That returns the following:

+---------+---------------------------------------------------+
| Program |                     FreeText                      |
+---------+---------------------------------------------------+
| prog1   |  free text data line 1 free text data line 2 ...  |
| prog2   |  free text data line 3 free text data line 4 ...  |
| prog3   |  free text data line 5 free text data line 6 ...  |
+---------+---------------------------------------------------+
You won't see the line breaks in SSMS (hence why FreeText gets smashed together in the output results), but you do get the two columns you want.
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answered Nov 15, 2012 at 12:50 PM

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Yes, that is exactly what I needed. Works perfectly. Many thanks!
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