I am attempting to deploy a database to a machine by executing a script generated by the "Generate Scripts" tool in SQL Server Management Studio.

Here is the command I've issued:

sqlcmd -S LOCALHOST\sqlexpress -I -U user -P ******** -i 
    C:\Rollouts\NI-9-25-2012_10-42-AM\Rollout.sql > rolloutlog.txt

I'm receiving errors like this:

Sqlcmd: Error: Syntax error at line 39488 near command ''' in file 'C:\Rollouts\ NI-9-25-2012_10-42-AM\Rollout.sql'.

When I view this line with a text editor all signs point to an issue with quotation marks.

The line in question looks like this:


Is there a switch that I should be executing or generating the script with to support quotes within the script?

  • The script above looks like JQuery not SQL...??? Sep 25, 2012 at 21:41
  • Are you scripting out the data as well? Can you post any more of the script that was generated? Sep 25, 2012 at 21:53
  • 40k+ line script? Ouch. Sep 25, 2012 at 23:25
  • Haha to clarify a bit more. The script includes HTML and javascript content so yes that content is jQuery code. We ended up creating a backup script that is much faster and easier.
    – munroan
    Oct 3, 2012 at 15:56

1 Answer 1


$(...) denotes a variable in SQLCMD, so it's interpreting your data as a variable.

Use the -x command-line option to disable variables.

  • 11 years later and this answer is still helping frustrated developers :) Jun 27, 2023 at 15:20

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