PRB: Proper Handling of the Escape Sequence \<cr><lf>
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Microsoft SQL Server identifies a Transact-SQL command containing thebackslash (\) followed by the carriage return (0x0d) and line feed(0x0a) as an escape sequence.
The following example demonstrates the behavior:
use pubs go drop table tblTest go create table tblTest ( strData varchar(30) ) go insert into tblTest values ("c:\ X") go insert into tblTest values ("c:\\ X") go select * from tblTest go
strData ------------------------------ c:X c:\ X
The first insert contains the \<cr><lf> sequence, and when returned fromSQL Server, is c:X. The escape sequence is scanned out by the SQL Server.
However, replacing the \<cr><lf> with \\<cr><lf><cr><lf>, as in the secondinsert, yields the expected results.
SQL Server sees the sequences \<cr><lf> (\ + 0d + 0a) and \<lf> (\ + 0a) as escape sequences.
To work around this problem, correct the Transact-SQL string, replacingthe \<cr><lf> with \\<cr><lf><cr><lf> before sending the query to the SQLServer.
Article ID: 164291 - Last Review: 12/04/2015 16:26:16 - Revision: 3.3
Microsoft SQL Server 6.5 Standard Edition, Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 Standard Edition, Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Standard Edition
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