Capturing The Error Description In A Stored Procedure

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  • To catch those elusive error messages you could also try:

    Declare @SQL nVarChar(4000)

    Set @SQL=N'osql -Usa -P -Q"declare @t table(PKey Int not Null) insert @t select Null"'

    Exec xp_CmdShell @SQL

    and do whatever you want with the response

    I have CDO. It's like OCD but all the letters are in alphabetical order... as they should be.

  • Amit, excellent posting!!!!

    I am in same kind of situation.. by setting Xact_abort off you are loosing transaction control.

    BTW, I could not able to find your code snippet.

    Can you please forward to me at my email....



  • Another alternative follows. Note that the error message contains details such as

    the parameter values at the time of error and the name of the stored procedure

    (or you could refer to a section of SP). You might also consider adding details

    like the userid.

    The point of this is to show that you CAN get error details out of a stored procedure,

    even though the default return value is only an INT datatype. The example shows a

    raiserror and a print of the error message - in some cases you may want to raise the

    error within a stored procedure, while at other times you may want to handle it

    outside the SP, such as the print statement that could have just as easily handed

    the error message to your calling code or to a logging process.

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    IF EXISTS (SELECT * FROM dbo.sysobjects

    WHERE id = OBJECT_ID(N'[dbo].[usp_errorhandling]')

    AND OBJECTPROPERTY(id,N'IsProcedure') = 1)

    DROP PROCEDURE [dbo].[usp_errorhandling]







    --Purpose:Error handling example


    --Bill Nye4/29/08Created


    CREATE PROCEDURE [dbo].[usp_errorhandling]

    @Branch int ,

    @Division int ,

    @errormsg varchar(1000) output



    DECLARE @errorid int

    Select 1/0-- Purposely cause error

    Set @errorid=@@Error

    IF @errorid <> 0


    SELECT @errormsg=description FROM master.dbo.sysmessages

    WHERE error=@errorid

    SET @errormsg='Error updating when Division_ID='

    + Cast(@Division as char(1)) + ' and Branch_ID='

    + Cast(@Branch as varchar(3)) + ' in usp_errorhandling: '

    + @errormsg





    DECLARE @rc Int, @errormsg varchar(1000)

    EXEC @rc = [dbo].[usp_errorhandling] 999, 9, @errormsg OUTPUT

    Print @errormsg

    Print @rc


    DROP PROCEDURE [dbo].[usp_errorhandling]-- Cleanup[/font]

  • Hi Amit

    I tried to download your code attached with this topic, But it doesn't work.

    Will you please check it and email me your code, that will be great.


  • Thanks Amit

    Using your Idea I'm able to solve "Capturing The Error Description In A Stored..." for SQL 2000.

    I would like to share my investigation with you guys.

    Here are my findings:-

    With this query I'm trying to create duplicate records in pubs.dbo.authors. By calling SP I get SQL error message.

    USE [PUBS]


    INSERT INTO authors

    values('172-32-1176','Doe','Jone','408-496-7223','Bigge Rd.','Menlo Park','CA','94345',1)

    DECLARE @retval INT

    EXEC usp_Get_ErrorMessage @retval output


    [errNumber: 2627] [errState: 1] [errLevel: 14] [errInstance: MyLocal] [errLine: 1] [errProcedure: NULL] [errMessage: Violation of PRIMARY KEY constraint 'UPKCL_auidind'. Cannot insert duplicate key in object 'authors'.]

    (1 row(s) affected)

    Note:- Store procedure "usp_Get_ErrorMessage" is attached with this thread. rename .txt with .sql

    Best of Luck

    Logician --> [Tahir]

  • Bill,

    Many of the sysmessage strings contain placeholders that should be fed variables run-time. Extracting the string only will produce messages like this:

    "Cannot insert the value NULL into column '%.*ls', table '%.*ls'; column does not allow nulls. %ls fails."

    Essential information about which column and which table is missing.



  • Thanks Pete!

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