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List Files In Directory Using SQL


List Files In Directory Using SQL

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Well spotted! The SUBSTRING error is occurring because I'm willing to bet that the filepath your using has a space in it somewhere - xp_cmdshell doesn't support spaces (as far as I'm aware) so you have to use the short filename instead. This is easy enough to find by using the "dir /x" command in a DOS prompt. For example, say I have a path of:

c:\ftp\Customer1\DSV Files\

The short filename would be:

c:\ftp\Customer1\DSVFIL~1

I'll have to have a play at getting the file date into another column. If you remove the /b parameter (this is the "bare format" parameter) from the dir command you'll get it (along with a lot of other stuff you won't want!), but the CTE will error.
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I know... old thread. ;-)

Just want to correct that last post. xp_CmdShell support names with spaces in them just like DOS does... you have to put double-quotes around the entire path.

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Cheers Jeff! Glad I qualified that with an "AFAIA" now :-)
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Heh... no worries. I just love working with xp_CmdShell and wanted to make sure that people knew spaces in a name isn't an obstacle.

Thanks for the feedback..

--Jeff Moden

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