FIX: The SPACE function always returns one space in SQL Server 2000 if the SPACE function uses a collation that differs from the collation of the current database

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Bug #: 50002208 (SQL Hotfix)
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.
Consider the following scenario. You have a query that contains the SPACE function. The SPACE function uses a collation that differs from the collation of the current database. You specify a value that is larger than 1 for the parameter of the SPACE function. Then, you run the query in Microsoft SQL Server 2000. In this scenario, the SPACE function always returns one space.

This problem does not occur in Microsoft SQL Server 2005.

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. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

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, contact 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.


You must have SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 4 installed to apply this hotfix. For more information about how to obtain SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 4, 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

Restart information

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

Registry information

You do not have to change the registry.

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 item in Control Panel.
SQL Server 2000, 32-bit version
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Sqldumper.exeNot Applicable22,52811-Feb-200804:36x86
Sqlevn70.rll2000.80.2271.045,05611-Feb-200802:12Not Applicable
To work around this problem, use the COLLATE clause to explicitly cast the collation that the SPACE function uses to be the same as the collation of the current database. For example, run the following statement that uses the COLLATE clause.
SELECT Corrected='*' COLLATE database_default + SPACE(12)  + '*'
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
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 software update terminology, 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
For more information about the COLLATE clause, see the "COLLATE" topic in SQL Server 2000 Books Online.
collation space sortorder

Article ID: 946584 - Last Review: 12/10/2015 08:58:16 - Revision: 1.3

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