I have a table where I need to insert a '*' sign before a lot of names. My table looks like this now:



And it should be:



The name column is nvarchar. I have the ids in a csv file. I thought I could make the update statement with concat and a where clause with the IDs, but I can't get it to work.

I tried

UPDATE table
SET    NAME = concat('*', NAME)
WHERE  id = '1'
        OR id = '2' 

But got

Msg 195, Level 15, State 10, Line 11 'concat' is not a recognized built-in function name

  • Get the IDs into a temporary table tempIDs(id), use then UPDATE my_table SET name=concat('*', name) WHERE id IN (SELECT id FROM tempIDs) – joanolo Jan 30 '17 at 7:51
  • update table set name = concat('*',name) where id = '1' or id = '2' Msg 195, Level 15, State 10, Line 11 'concat' is not a recognized built-in function name. – mgr33n Jan 30 '17 at 8:17
  • Its and MSSQL 2005 instance :( – mgr33n Jan 30 '17 at 8:19
  • As @joanolo suggest import whole csv file into a temporary table, and then update the related records. – McNets Jan 30 '17 at 8:22
  • Thanks, I got it to work. Used the + sign in instead of the concat function. – mgr33n Jan 30 '17 at 9:12
Begin Tran
    Create Table #TEMP(id INT,name NVARCHAR(50))

        SELECT 1,'cake' UNION ALL
        SELECT 2,'car' UNION ALL
        SELECT 3,'mountain'

        UPDATE #TEMP
        SET    NAME = +'*'+ NAME
        WHERE  id = '1' OR id = '2' 

        Select * from #TEMP

  • CONCAT Is Not A Build Function for SQL SERVER 2005 & 2008 But It is Available in Updated Version Of SQL Server like 2012,2014,2016 – Alfaiz Ahmed Jan 31 '17 at 6:08

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