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BUG #: 351196 (SHILOH)
The Merge Snapshot Agent may fail with a syntax error message similar to the following
When the following conditions occur:
Line ##: Incorrect syntax near '-'. The step failed.
A supported fix is now available from Microsoft, but it is only intended to correct the problem that is described in this article. Apply it only to computers that are experiencing this specific problem. This fix may receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, Microsoft recommends that you wait for the next SQL Server 2000 service pack that contains this hotfix.
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The English version of this fix should have the following file attributes or later:
Version File name ------------------------- 8.00.271 s80271i.exe
Add columns with NULL defaults to the published table so that the remainder computed by dividing the number of total columns by 8 is greater than the number of computed columns plus the timestamp column.
The following table causes the problem to occur:
Note the following: