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I assume the best way to set my SSMS (SQL Server 2005) output file path during runtime of T-SQL, is to use SQLCMD mode.

How do I use environment variables (e.g. %systemroot%) in the code? The following bombs:

:set mypath %systemroot% :out $(mypath)"\the_result.txt" select * from myTab

In other words, when using SQLCMD not from the command line, but inside my T-SQL code. I just need to sort out the syntax.

(And also perhaps, though forum protocol is probably to ask it as separate questions:

  1. Is there an environment variable for the folder of this .sql / the working folder?

  2. How do I prevent the line counts to go to my output file also? )

Thanks!

  • You should be able to prevent row counts just like you would everywhere else - SET NOCOUNT ON;. – Aaron Bertrand Jun 20 '14 at 10:58
  • Oops yes you're right! – Relaxed1 Jun 23 '14 at 8:35
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The sqlcmd syntax for setting variables is :setvar. You can access environment variables from sqlcmd mode (using the $(variableName) syntax) however I find these case-sensitive and it's a bit fussy about what you can and can't do. Try this, hopefully it makes sense:

:setvar mypath "$(SystemRoot)"

:out $(SystemRoot)\test.txt     -- will work

print '$(mypath)'   -- oops won't work
print '$(SystemRoot)'   -- should work

go

:out stdout
  • Hi thanks so much, I would vote you up- but since I've only just now joined the forum, I don't have the necessary reputation to do that yet. :) – Relaxed1 Jun 23 '14 at 8:30

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