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xp_sprintf

SQL Server 2000

Formats and stores a series of characters and values in the string output parameter. Each format argument is replaced with the corresponding argument.

Syntax

xp_sprintf {string OUTPUT, format}
    [, argument [,...n]]

Arguments

string

Is a varchar variable that receives the output.

OUTPUT

When specified, places the value of the variable in the output parameter.

format

Is a format character string with placeholders for argument values, similar to that supported by the C-language sprintf function. Currently, only the %s format argument is supported.

argument

Is a character string representing the value of the corresponding format argument.

n

Is a placeholder indicating that a maximum of 50 arguments can be specified.

Return Code Values

0 (success) or 1 (failure)

Result Sets

xp_sprintf returns this message:

The command(s) completed successfully.
Permissions

Execute permissions default to the public role.

Examples

This example uses parameter to create an INSERT statement.

DECLARE @ret_string varchar (255)
EXEC Master.DBO.xp_sprintf @ret_string OUTPUT, 'INSERT INTO %s VALUES (%s, %s)', 'table1', '1', '2'
PRINT @ret_string

Here is the result set:

INSERT INTO table1 VALUES (1, 2)

See Also

System Stored Procedures (General Extended Procedures)

xp_sscanf

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