I am writing a stored procedure which will accept a parameter and send mail to some recipients. I am using the sql builtin stored procedure.

here is the code

create proc send_mail_admin(@usage_data as varchar(200))

--get the list of mail admins from Users

declare @admin_list varchar(max);

set @admin_list = '';

--query to get all the admins

        @admin_list = @admin_list + email + ';'

--call the mail stored procedure

exec msdb.dbo.sp_send_dbmail 
@subject='Mail from sql server',
@body=@usage_data + ' end of data',
@importance='HIGH' ;


I am getting an error in the + symbol. If I remove the + symbol and execute, the procedure is getting executed. Otherwise it is giving error. A little help please.

I am trying this on a knowledge based. So feel free to share the disadvantages of sending a mail like this if there are any.

Thank you.

1 Answer 1


The msdb.dbo.sp_send_dbmail procedure (or other procedures) only accept either a parameter or a literal value.

Consider changing the execution of sp_send_dbmail to this:

SET @usage_data += ' end of data'

exec msdb.dbo.sp_send_dbmail 
@subject='Mail from sql server',
@importance='HIGH' ;

An example with a user defined stored procedure:

CREATE PROCEDURE dbo.bla(@dbname varchar(255))
FROM sys.databases  
WHERE NAME = @dbname;

DECLARE @dbname varchar(200);
SET @dbname ='Half';

EXEC dbo.bla @dbname+'OtherHalf';

Msg 102, Level 15, State 1, Line 46 Incorrect syntax near '+'.

  • thank you, that worked. So in cases like this, we cannot use the + symbol and append sme more lines to a variable, before passing to a store procedure as an argument.
    – Wan Street
    Commented Sep 17, 2019 at 11:49
  • Is this method of sending mail proper in production environments?
    – Wan Street
    Commented Sep 17, 2019 at 11:58
  • This is apparently pretty common in my organization. Almost every mail alert we have is built this way, with a very few exceptions where the built-in job alerts was used Commented Sep 17, 2019 at 12:04
  • hmmm.. got it.. thanks a lot guys
    – Wan Street
    Commented Sep 17, 2019 at 12:11

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