FIX: The BULK INSERT statement silently skips insert attempts when the data value is NULL and the column is defined as NOT NULL for INT, SMALLINT, and BIGINT data types in SQL Server 2000

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Bug #: 20000136 (SQL Server 8.0)
Microsoft distributes Microsoft SQL Server 2000 fixes as one downloadable file. Because the fixes are cumulative, each new release contains all the hotfixes and all the security fixes that were included with the previous SQL Server 2000 fix release.
SYMPTOMS
In Microsoft SQL Server 2000, the Transact-SQL BULK INSERT statement silently skips insert attempts when the column is defined as NOT NULL for an INT, SMALLINT, or BIGINT data type.

This problem occurs when you run the BULK INSERT statement on a character-mode bulk import and when the data value is NULL for the NOT NULL integer-defined column. When the BULK INSERT statement runs, the row that contains the NULL column value is not added to the table, and the row is not counted against the maximum error (MAXERRORS) value.

Note In a character-mode import file, a NULL value is represented as one or more SPACE characters (" ").

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RESOLUTION

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, submit a request to Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site: Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

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Prerequisites

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3)

    For more information about how to obtain SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 3, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    290211 How to obtain the latest SQL Server 2000 service pack
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2000 hotfix build 8.00.1007

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Restart information

You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

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Hotfix file information

This hotfix contains only those files that are required to correct the issues that this article lists. This hotfix may not contain all the files that you must have to fully update a product to the latest build.

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.

SQL Server 2000, 32-bit versions

   Date         Time   Version         Size       File name   -----------------------------------------------------------   30-Mar-2005  03:29  2000.80.1017.0    664,128  Autoplt.dll         30-Mar-2005  03:29  2000.80.1017.0     78,400  Console.exe         30-Mar-2005  03:29  2000.80.1017.0    332,352  Ctasksui.dll        30-Mar-2005  03:29  2000.80.1017.0    315,968  Custtask.dll        30-Mar-2005  03:29  2000.80.1017.0     33,340  Dbmslpcn.dll        30-Mar-2005  03:29  2000.80.1017.0  1,905,216  Dtspkg.dll          30-Mar-2005  03:29  2000.80.1017.0    528,960  Dtspump.dll         30-Mar-2005  03:29  2000.80.1017.0     41,536  Dtsrun.exe          30-Mar-2005  03:29  2000.80.1017.0  1,557,052  Dtsui.dll           30-Mar-2005  03:29  2000.80.1017.0    639,552  Dtswiz.dll          30-Mar-2005  03:29  2000.80.1017.0    102,992  Impprov.dll         30-Mar-2005  03:29  2000.80.1017.0    352,828  Isqlw.exe           30-Mar-2005  03:29  2000.80.1017.0     82,492  Itwiz.exe           30-Mar-2005  03:29  2000.80.1017.0     90,692  Msgprox.dll         31-Dec-2004  19:16  8.11.41022.0      226,304  Mssdi98.dll         30-Mar-2005  03:29  2000.80.1017.0     62,024  Odsole70.dll        30-Mar-2005  03:30  2000.80.1017.0     25,144  Opends60.dll        30-Mar-2005  02:24                     17,576  Opends60.lib   30-Mar-2005  03:29  2000.80.1017.0     57,904  Osql.exe            30-Mar-2005  03:29  2000.80.1017.0    279,104  Pfutil80.dll        30-Mar-2005  03:29  2000.80.1017.0    143,940  Qrdrsvc.exe         30-Mar-2005  03:29  2000.80.1017.0    221,768  Replprov.dll        30-Mar-2005  03:30  2000.80.1017.0    307,784  Replrec.dll         30-Mar-2005  03:30  2000.80.1017.0    287,304  Rinitcom.dll        30-Mar-2005  03:30  2000.80.1017.0     78,416  Sdiclnt.dll         30-Mar-2005  03:30  2000.80.1017.0     66,112  Semmap.dll          30-Mar-2005  03:30  2000.80.1017.0     57,916  Semnt.dll           30-Mar-2005  03:30  2000.80.1017.0    492,096  Semobj.dll          30-Mar-2005  03:29  2000.80.1017.0     53,832  Snapshot.exe        30-Mar-2005  03:29  2000.80.1017.0     28,672  Sqlagent.dll        30-Mar-2005  03:29  2000.80.1017.0    311,872  Sqlagent.exe        30-Mar-2005  03:29  2000.80.1017.0    168,001  Sqlakw32.dll        30-Mar-2005  02:00                      4,352  Sqlakw32.lib   30-Mar-2005  03:30  2000.80.1017.0     33,344  Sqlctr80.dll        30-Mar-2005  03:30  2000.80.1017.0    815,676  Sqldata.dll         30-Mar-2005  03:30  2000.80.1017.0  4,215,360  Sqldmo.dll          30-Mar-2005  03:29                     25,172  Sqldumper.exe       30-Mar-2005  03:29  2000.80.1017.0    156,224  Sqlmaint.exe        30-Mar-2005  03:30  2000.80.1017.0    180,792  Sqlmap70.dll        30-Mar-2005  03:30  2000.80.1017.0    188,992  Sqlmmc.dll          30-Mar-2005  03:30  2000.80.1017.0    401,984  Sqlqry.dll          30-Mar-2005  03:30  2000.80.1017.0     57,920  Sqlrepss.dll        30-Mar-2005  03:30  2000.80.1017.0  7,721,041  Sqlservr.exe        30-Mar-2005  03:30  2000.80.1017.0    590,396  Sqlsort.dll         30-Mar-2005  03:30  2000.80.1017.0     45,644  Sqlvdi.dll          30-Mar-2005  03:30  2000.80.1017.0    106,588  Sqsrvres.dll        30-Mar-2005  03:30  2000.80.1017.0     33,340  Ssmsgnet.dll        30-Mar-2005  03:30  2000.80.1017.0     33,340  Ssmslpcn.dll        30-Mar-2005  03:30  2000.80.1017.0     33,340  Ssmsqlgc.dll        30-Mar-2005  03:30  2000.80.1017.0     33,340  Ssmssnet.dll        30-Mar-2005  03:30  2000.80.1017.0     82,492  Ssnetlib.dll        30-Mar-2005  03:30  2000.80.1017.0     25,148  Ssnmpn70.dll        30-Mar-2005  03:30  2000.80.1017.0    123,456  Stardds.dll         30-Mar-2005  03:30  2000.80.1017.0    158,240  Svrnetcn.dll        30-Mar-2005  03:29  2000.80.1017.0     76,416  Svrnetcn.exe        30-Mar-2005  03:30  2000.80.1017.0     49,228  Ums.dll             30-Mar-2005  03:30  2000.80.1017.0     74,304  Xplog70.dll         30-Mar-2005  03:30  2000.80.1017.0     98,872  Xpweb70.dll         31-Dec-2004  19:15  8.0.21213.0       352,256  Msvcr71.dll         31-Dec-2004  19:15  2000.80.796.0      57,904  Osql.exe            31-Dec-2004  19:15  2000.80.534.0     127,548  Sqdedev.dll         31-Dec-2004  19:15  2000.80.194.0     180,290  Sqlunirl.dll        30-Mar-2005  01:58  2000.80.1017.0    159,813  Replres.rll   30-Mar-2005  02:18  2000.80.1017.0    172,032  Semobj.rll   30-Mar-2005  01:50  2000.80.1017.0     28,672  Sqlevn70.rll   30-Mar-2005  02:11  2000.80.1017.0    479,232  Sqlmmc.rll

SQL Server 2000, 64-bit version

   Date         Time   Version         Size        File name      Platform   -----------------------------------------------------------------------   30-Mar-2005  10:19  2000.80.1017.0      56,832  Dbmslpcn.dll   IA-64   30-Mar-2005  10:19  2000.80.1017.0     528,960  Dtspump.dll    x86   30-Mar-2005  10:19  2000.80.1017.0     244,736  Impprov.dll    IA-64   30-Mar-2005  10:19  2000.80.1017.0     185,856  Msgprox.dll    IA-64   31-Dec-2004  19:10  8.11.41022.0       742,912  Mssdi98.dll    IA-64   30-Mar-2005  10:19  2000.80.1017.0     151,040  Odsole70.dll   IA-64   30-Mar-2005  10:20  2000.80.1017.0      27,136  Opends60.dll   IA-64   30-Mar-2005  03:41                      19,880  Opends60.lib   30-Mar-2005  10:19  2000.80.1017.0     148,992  Osql.exe       IA-64   30-Mar-2005  10:19  2000.80.1017.0     353,280  Qrdrsvc.exe    IA-64   30-Mar-2005  10:19  2000.80.1017.0     534,528  Replprov.dll   IA-64   30-Mar-2005  10:19  2000.80.1017.0     769,024  Replrec.dll    IA-64   30-Mar-2005  10:19  2000.80.1017.0     650,240  Rinitcom.dll   IA-64   30-Mar-2005  10:19  2000.80.1017.0     160,768  Semmap.dll     IA-64   30-Mar-2005  10:19  2000.80.1017.0     132,608  Semnt.dll      IA-64   30-Mar-2005  10:19  2000.80.1017.0      88,576  Snapshot.exe   IA-64   30-Mar-2005  10:19  2000.80.1017.0      10,240  Sqlagent.dll   IA-64   30-Mar-2005  10:19  2000.80.1017.0   1,055,232  Sqlagent.exe   IA-64   30-Mar-2005  10:19  2000.80.1017.0      90,112  Sqlboot.dll    IA-64   30-Mar-2005  10:19  2000.80.1017.0      32,256  Sqlctr80.dll   IA-64   30-Mar-2005  10:19  2000.80.1017.0     812,032  Sqldata.dll    IA-64   30-Mar-2005  10:19  2000.80.1017.0  13,845,504  Sqldmo.dll     IA-64   30-Mar-2005  10:19                      39,936  Sqldumper.exe  IA-64   30-Mar-2005  10:19  2000.80.1017.0     493,568  Sqlmaint.exe   IA-64   30-Mar-2005  10:19  2000.80.1017.0      23,040  Sqlmap70.dll   IA-64   30-Mar-2005  10:19  2000.80.1017.0     152,064  Sqlrepss.dll   IA-64   30-Mar-2005  10:20  2000.80.1017.0  25,257,984  Sqlservr.exe   IA-64   30-Mar-2005  10:19  2000.80.1017.0     616,960  Sqlsort.dll    IA-64   30-Mar-2005  10:19  2000.80.1017.0     120,320  Sqlvdi.dll     IA-64   30-Mar-2005  10:19  2000.80.1017.0     227,328  Sqsrvres.dll   IA-64   30-Mar-2005  10:19  2000.80.1017.0      53,760  Ssmslpcn.dll   IA-64   30-Mar-2005  10:19  2000.80.1017.0      59,904  Ssmsqlgc.dll   IA-64   30-Mar-2005  10:20  2000.80.1017.0     256,000  Ssnetlib.dll   IA-64   30-Mar-2005  10:20  2000.80.1017.0      20,992  Ssnmpn70.dll   IA-64   30-Mar-2005  10:20  2000.80.1017.0     430,080  Svrnetcn.dll   IA-64   30-Mar-2005  10:19  2000.80.1017.0     185,856  Svrnetcn.exe   IA-64   30-Mar-2005  10:20  2000.80.1017.0     183,296  Xplog70.dll    IA-64   30-Mar-2005  10:20  2000.80.1017.0     187,392  Xpweb70.dll    IA-64   31-Dec-2004  19:10  2000.80.962.0       57,904  Osql.exe       x86   31-Dec-2004  19:10  2000.80.760.0      269,824  Sqdedev.dll    IA-64   30-Mar-2005  04:08  2000.80.1017.0     146,432  Replres.rll   30-Mar-2005  03:44  2000.80.1017.       19,968  Sqlevn70.rll
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WORKAROUND
To work around this problem, use one of the following methods:
  • Use the BCP utility (Bcp.exe) to import the same file. When you do this, the NULL value insert is rejected and you receive an error message.
  • Change the column definition to allow for NULL values in the column.
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STATUS
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a bug in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

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MORE INFORMATION
This hotfix updates the BULK INSERT statement to detect NULL inserts for column data types INT, SMALLINT, and BIGINT from a character mode import file. When a NULL insert occurs, you will now receive an error message that is similar to the following:
Server: Msg 4869, Level 16, State 1, Line 1 Bulk Insert failed. Unexpected NULL value in data file row 3, column 1. Destination column (ColA) is defined NOT NULL. The statement has been terminated.
Note NULL insert attempts in columns that are defined as NOT NULL cause the termination of the command and the rollback of the pending rows in the batch.

Additionally, the BULK INSERT statement has been updated to match the behavior of the BCP utility when the statement parses signed integer data types that contain SPACE characters between the sign and the data value. For example, when you try to import the column value of "- 2", the BULK INSERT statement in versions earlier than this hotfix (8.00.1017) inserted a value of -2 and the BCP utility would flag a data conversion error.

With this hotfix, the BULK INSERT statement behavior is now the same as the BCP utility behavior. Therefore, when you run the BULK INSERT statement on a column value of "- 2", you will now receive an error message that is similar to the following:
Server: Msg 4864, Level 16, State 1, Line 1 Bulk insert data conversion error (type mismatch) for row 6, column 1 (ColA).
For more information about the naming schema for SQL Server updates, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
822499 New naming schema for Microsoft SQL Server software update packages
For more information about the terminology that Microsoft uses when it corrects software after it is released, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates
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